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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. 101
    Shari Fanndal says:

    Alfredo Chicken Pizza with the white cheese sauce and sourdough brad mix by Shirley

  2. 102
    Peggy says:

    The pasta looks so creamy and delicious!

  3. 103
    Emily Barklage says:

    Biscuits and Gravy are intriguing …

  4. 104
    Casey H says:

    This is a great giveaway! I love making casseroles as they are easy and can feed me for a week! Can’t wait to try this one

  5. 105
    Tracey W says:

    This looks super easy, and I think i have everything at home already to make it tonight, except for the Whisk Bliss! What could I use instead? (until I can get my hands on some!)

  6. 106

    Such a great family recipe–And so springy!

  7. 107
    Nicole says:

    This looks so good! I sent to my brother & sister-in-law to make since this recipe seems right up their alley!

  8. 108
    Melissa says:

    This pasta dish looks great! I would also make the cheesy asparagus rice! YUM!

  9. 109
    Linda m says:

    I have most of the ingred. for this pasta bake. Going to pick up the rest and make it tonight. Sounds Yummy!

  10. 110
    Caryn S says:


  11. 111
    CarolinaGirl says:

    Wow, all the recipes look great! I think I’d make the broccoli and cauliflower gratin first!

  12. 112
    Cari Garcia says:

    I want to make the double frosted peanut butter cookies!! om nom nom!

  13. 113
    Sandra says:

    Oh my goodness, i am going to make the key lime dessert squares. They may even make an appearance tonight!

  14. 114
    Emily says:

    Yum! I’d love to make this pasta bake, sounds delicious, I LOVE asparagus!

  15. 115
    Lizzie P. says:

    Delish! I need me some Le Creuset!

  16. 116
    Shelly says:

    Bow ties and broccoli sounds yummy!

  17. 117
    Crystal B says:

    Pork Chile Verde…hands down. I love a little pico de gallo all rolled up in a tortilla with some yummy shredded pork.

  18. 118
    Debi Boz says:

    Can’t wait to try

  19. 119
    Mallory says:

    I would do the honey white bread!

  20. 120
    Allyson says:

    This looks great! That Thai Peanut Sauce from Shirley J sounds fantastic!

  21. 121
    Lisa S. says:

    I would try the broccoli cheddar soup!

  22. 122
    Amy H says:

    I would purchase the Professional Whole Grain Pancake and Waffle mix for my pancake loving child!

  23. 123
    Lisa R says:

    Without a doubt….Broccoli Cheese Soup

    We love this soup

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  24. 124
    Hillary says:

    Mmmm – carrot cake cookies!

  25. 125
    cindy b. says:

    pasta alfredo for my kiddos!

  26. 126
    Denise Wilson says:

    Carrot cake cookies!

  27. 127
    Martha says:

    Oh! Pasta with asparagus! I would love to make my two favorite ingredients into a creamy dish!

  28. 128
    Cynthia Johnson says:

    I’d make anything that I can get my lo to eat

  29. 129
    Rachel says:

    Mac and cheese all the way! Would be so yummy.

  30. 130
    Karen R. says:

    Ohhhhh, I would make brocolli cheese soup….but not until I’m done nursing my dairy sensitive baby…

  31. 131
    Dee Parker says:

    I would try the Santa Fe Corn Bread

  32. 132
    Tracey B. says:

    It would be a tie between your recipe and the broccoli/cauliflower au gratin recipe.

  33. 133
    Lauren says:

    broccoli and cheddar soup!

  34. 134
    Michelle says:

    I would make your pasta and a lot more delicious dishes!

  35. 135
    Anne says:

    I think the Thai Peanut Chicken sounds delicious, so I’d love to give that a try.

  36. 136
    Sage says:

    Mugging Brownie Cake!!

  37. 137
    Diane Troxell says:

    Ginger molasses cookies!

  38. 138
    shelly s says:

    The pasta looks great!

  39. 139
    Charlene says:

    Carrot cake cookies

  40. 140
    Chayal says:

    Yuum!! We are registered there for our wedding and love it all

  41. 141
    Rebecca says:

    The carrot cake cookies sound phenomenal!

  42. 142
    Mandi G. says:

    What wouldn’t I try? Well, first, your recipe…then the Old World Spaghetti & Meatballs, the Mac and Cheese, and also, I’d try out the gluten free mix! Thanks for the chance!

  43. 143
    Amy S says:

    I would make Keylime squares, YUM!

  44. 144
    Becky says:

    Sausage gravy for my husband. It’s his favorite breakfast.

  45. 145
    leslie says:

    Old-Fashioned sausage gravy looks good.

  46. 146
    Jen says:

    Wow, definitely tater tot casserole! That’s a guilty pleasure of mine.

  47. 147
    Liza says:

    oh the carrot cake cookies of course, then maybe the key lime dessert squares … oh I can’t get over how good all the desserts sound, maybe I’ll even make a main dish

  48. 148
    Rena says:

    The brownie cupcakes look yummy! So many ways to use it. great time saver!

  49. 149
    Nikki Howser says:

    That broccoli and cauliflower gratin sounds awesome!

  50. 150
    Mari bury says:

    Looks delish!

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