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Creamy Dijon Chicken and Thyme Pasta Bake by Picky Palate

I am so thrilled to share this creamy pasta bake with you today.  I have partnered with Shirley J to bring you an amazing new product that is about to change your cooking life.  Seriously.  This recipe makes the perfect family meal and is great for bringing to a potluck or party.  Wait until you sink your teeth into the vibrant flavors.  I use Dijon mustard as a major seasoning for the creamy sauce that makes for a perfect pasta bake.

Let me tell you about this product I use for the cream sauce.  Shirley J Whisk Bliss is what it’s called.  It blew my mind at how perfectly  easy to use it is and how amazingly creamy the sauce is.

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So, in a nutshell, Shirley J. Whisk Bliss is a just-add water bechemel/roux sauce.  It replaces items like cream, butter, flour, etc in recipes to make a white sauce. The benefits are that it won’t curdle, lump or scortch which are the most common problems home cooks have with making a roux and bechemel.  The beauty is that you can make any type of cuisine with Whisk Bliss and it takes on different flavors, examples: Thai Peanut Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Corn Chowder, Black & White Chili with Cumin, etc.

Can I just say, I had no idea what to expect when I tried this product and when I prepared the sauce, it literally took minutes and it was thick and creamy just as if I would have made it myself with buttter, flour and milk or cream.  I couldn’t believe it.  Let’s just say I am Shirley J’s newest fan!  Yay for making our lives easier in the kitchen and getting dinner on the table faster !!

Ok, let’s take a look at how to make this delicious pasta bake.


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Cook your pasta according to the package directions then drain under cold water.

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Transfer to a nice 5 quart dutch oven pot and set aside for a few minutes.

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Bake your asparagus for 10 minutes until tender.


Time to cook the veggies!  Add your zucchini, red pepper, onion and garlic.

Parsley and Thyme

Add some fresh parsley and thyme leaves.

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Add your cooked asparagus.


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Add your cooked, shredded chicken breast and season with a touch of salt and pepper.

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Ok, time for Shirley J’s Whisk Bliss.   Bring 4 cups of water to boil.

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Whisk in 1 cup of Whisk Bliss.

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Bring the sauce to a boil until creamy and thick.  Literally took just a few minutes.  Reduce heat.

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Stir in 3 tablespoons of Dijon or spicy brown mustard.


Dijon Whisk Bliss Sauce

Pour sauce into cooked pasta.

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Add the lovely cooked vegetables and chicken.

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Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish.

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Top with Parmesan Cheese and it’s time to bake!

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Creamy Dijon Chicken and Thyme Pasta Bake


  • 1 pound dry elbow pasta
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup finely diced red pepper
  • 1 cup finely diced white onion
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped thyme leaves
  • 2 medium cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup Shirley J Whisk Bliss Original
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 4 tablespooons freshly grated Parmesan Cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place trimmed asparagus onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes them remove from oven. Once cooled, chop into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain under cold water then transfer to a 5 quart dutch oven or large pot.
  4. Heat olive oil into a large 3 quart skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini, red pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir for 5 minutes until slightly softened. Add parsley and thyme, stirring to combine. Add chopped asparagus and stir. Add shredded chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Boil water and whisk in Shirley J Whisk Bliss. Stir and bring back to a boil until thick and creamy. Reduce heat to low and stir in Dijon mustard. Pour Dijon sauce over cooked pasta then add in cooked vegetables. Stir to combine then transfer to prepared baking dish. Top evenly with Parmesan Cheese and bake for 25 minutes until slightly golden. Remove from oven and serve.

Makes 8 Servings
This is a sponsored post for Shirley J however thoughts and opinions are my own.


To enter, see the Rafflecopter widget below. The Winner will receive a $400 Williams Sonoma Gift Card to use towards (if desired) the fabulous 5 Quart Le Creuset Dutch Oven that I used to prepare the dish along with a 9×13 inch Emile Henry baking dish that I used as well. We are also giving away a $100 gift card to Shirley J for you to try out their 20+ other products!

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  1. 51
    Margaret M says:

    The broccoli cheese soup sounds yummy on this cold day!

  2. 52
    Susan Dodd says:

    Oh, definitely that Tater Tot Casserole!!! 🙂

  3. 53
    Natalie says:

    I can’t wait to try this!

  4. 54
    Alex says:

    I would make the Chicken Alfredo Pizza! 🙂

  5. 55
    Carrie S says:

    This pasta dish looks amazing. But on a cold day like today in Wisconsin, I’d make Broccoli cheese soup!

  6. 56
    Patricia says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe – AND I will find the Shirley J sauce mix. I’d also make sausage and gravy with biscuits and scalloped potatoes with ham. The list could go on for pages and I will now search for the mix.

  7. 57
    Holly J says:

    That sauce looks really easy! Would love to try whisk bliss!

  8. 58
    Shari B. says:

    I’d like to make the SHIRLEY J FUDGE BROWNIES

  9. 59
    Holly J says:

    I would make raspberry swirl cheesecake

  10. 60
    Heather W says:

    I’d make the broccoli and cheese soup

  11. 61
    Rose D. says:

    I would love to make this dish! I think my husband and I could both agree on it.

  12. 62
    Lindsay L says:

    The Asparagus Tortellini sounds great as does the recipe you made, thanks!

  13. 63
    Kelly Williamson says:

    Ooo I’d make pastitsio for sure!!

  14. 64
    Natalie says:

    I would try the Alfredo sauce.

  15. 65
    Donna O'Neil says:

    I would make a tater tot casserole. Nothing like a good hot dish.

  16. 66

    I have always been afraid of making bechemel at home. I’ve made alfredo like once but it took forever so I normally use jars. This bake looks so good, I love that the sauce is a mix, but still just as good as homemade. (for us challenged sauce makers lol) After making this, I would totally try out the Broccoli and Cheese soup recipe from Shirley J!

  17. 67
    Lina Kraytem says:

    WOW! This looks amazing. I would definietly make this for my family, my dad is in love with anything Dijon and I have been looking for recipes with it! Thanks!


  18. 68
    Angela M says:

    I have never heard of Shirley J but it sure signs easy.

  19. 69
    Brit says:

    Great giveaway!

  20. 70
    lisa says:

    the chocolate brownie cake in a mug looks amazing!!

  21. 71
    Jenn E says:

    Your pasta bake looks delicious! I would also make the Old Fashioned Sausage Gravy! Yum 🙂

  22. 72
    Lara says:

    I would make the pork chili verde…one of my favorites!

  23. 73
    teresa harvey says:

    Broccoli Cheese Soup

  24. 74
    Lynne Laino says:

    I would definitely make the sausage gravy – yum!!!

  25. 75
    HRHorne says:

    Definitely the sausage gravy! I often have cravings for biscuits and gravy and that would be nice to have around 🙂

  26. 76

    I would make the broccoli cheese soup!!! yum!!!

  27. 77
    Heather J says:

    I would love to try out the alfredo sauce!

  28. 78
    jamiej says:

    I would make the mac and cheese! looks delicious!

  29. 79
    Kristen says:

    Unfortunately, this contains dairy that I can’t eat, but my husband would love some sausage gravy over biscuits, so I’d make that for him and drool while he ate it. 🙂

  30. 80
    Jackie A says:

    The Whisk Bliss looks amazing! I’d make the Creamy Broccoli Cheese soup, because that’s my favorite soup but it’s such a pain to make!

  31. 81
    Athena R says:

    The stovetop white cheddar mac & cheese..yum.

  32. 82
    Leanna says:

    I would make macaroni and cheese first. I would try the pasta bake next. There are an endless amount of recipes that this would be great for.

  33. 83
    Cairn says:

    This sounds great! I just need to look for the Shirley J product. Hopefully I can find it local.

  34. 84
    Janna B. says:

    broccoli and ckicken pasta sounds tasty!

  35. 85
    Sarah G says:

    I’ve been loving soup recently, so I would make the New England Clam Chowder.

  36. 86
    Jennifer B. says:

    I’d make the roasted red pepper sauce!

  37. 87
    Maribeth M says:

    I’d love to try the white bean and rosemary soup!

  38. 88
    Stacy Stevens says:

    Broccoli cheese soup! Delicious.

  39. 89
    Sahnda says:

    Great giveaway! And the pasta looks delicious!

  40. 90
    Megan M says:

    I would make the Broccoli cheese soup!

  41. 91
    jennifer says:

    I hope I get this. I would love to try after this yummy recipe your ciabatta open faced lasagna!

  42. 92
    Michellel S. says:

    Yum, I want to make your pasta bake!

  43. 93

    I love panera’s broccoli cheese soup and haven’t found a recipe yet to match it. Maybe theirs will be it. Love to try it!

  44. 94
    Nicole says:

    Oh my! That dish looks fabulous! Definitely a must try!

  45. 95
    beth says:

    Ohh, that looks so good. I’m usually too impatient to cook something on the stove and then finish it in the oven. But I also LOVE tasty baked dishes, so maybe I’ll have to actually try this. 🙂

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  47. 97
    Deanna Call says:

    Wow! I’m excited to try the different sauces! Making white sauce does not come easy to me! Thanks for the give away!

  48. 98
    Pam Capone says:

    I would make the GROUND BEEF STROGANOFF

  49. 99
    Kristin says:

    The chocolate muffins look delicious!

  50. 100
    Dj says:

    I would make Broccoli Cheese soup. Definitely after your recipe though!

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