one skillet chicken pasta

one skillet chicken pasta

This one skillet chicken pasta will have you thinking you’re eating an an Italian cafe in Tuscany! All about simple fresh ingredients! And EZ!

One Skillet Chicken Dinner Recipes

OK, who doesn’t love a one skillet meal. And, one skillet chicken dinner recipes are what we need in our stash of easy meals on any night!

One Skillet Chicken

This chicken is super simple. Just watch the video and you’ll be a pro without any effort. 

And, if you want something even MORE simple (if that was possible), then check out my Mediterranean Chicken. Yes, it’s even simpleERRRRRRR! 

Chicken Penne Pasta Recipes

Nothing’s better than chicken with penne pasta. Penne pasta, and I love to get the penne with small ridges in the noodles, is all done in one pot. Yep, we’re gonna put those noodles right in the pot with the chicken and sauce. 

Penne Noodles

These penne noodles will absorb and take on the flavors so much more boldly than if we cook them separately then toss them in. However, if you want to do that, you surely can. 

Best Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe

Another thing about this pasta recipe with chicken is that there’s added nutrition with the ground almonds. I mean talk about an agent that helps thicken the sauce. 

Easy Chicken and Penne Pasta Recipes

In no time at all, really about thirty minutes, you’ll be eating a gourmet dinner. Sure you can buy those boxes that put everything together for you, then you follow the instructions and make your meal, and this is kind of like that. 

Chicken Penne Pasta

Believe me, this dish will be a meal! Serve with a nice salad and some hot baguette and you’re in business. Here’s one other thing, if you want to use another type of small pasta, then go right ahead. It lends itself to even elbow macaroni! 

Chicken Penne Pasta Pesto

If you love basil pesto, and I do, then you’ll want to check out this recipe for one skillet basil pesto pasta. You could easily add chicken, shrimp, scallops! Now I find that the basil pesto that you can get at Costco, your grocery store or Amazon is perfect for so many uses. I keep a lot of basil pesto in my pantry! It’s a staple that can elevate so many other ingredients like this Mezze Rigatoni and Peppers! 

Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe

While I do love chicken and my pasta, let’s now forget that there are some pretty quick and easy meatball recipes that I’ve created. Perfect for weeknights!

Tasty Easy Meatball Recipes

French Onion Lamb Meatballs

Skinny Girl Chicken Meatballs

Pesto Meatballs and Marinara Sauce

Chicken Penne Pasta with Spinach

One last thing about this dish, if you want to throw in some fresh spinach leaves, then, oh, lawsy, do it! Those spinach leaves will wilt. You’ll be adding more flavor and nutrition and it will be ahhhhhmazing! 

one skillet chicken pasta

one skillet chicken pasta

one skillet chicken pasta

Yield: About 4 to 5 folks!

This one skillet chicken pasta will have you thinking you're eating an an Italian cafe in Tuscany! All about simple fresh ingredients! And EZ!


  • 2 to 2 ½ lbs. chicken breasts, boneless skinless, sliced through the middle into thinner pieces
  • 6 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 (1.25 oz.) packet onion soup mix + 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbl. nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbl. Italian seasoning mixture
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. red chili flakes
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes + 1 cup water to rinse can
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar marinara sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • ½ cup parmesan Reggiano
  • 2 cup penne pasta
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves + more for garnish
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese, optional, for serving


In a large heavy skillet over medium high heat, add four tablespoons of olive oil and the chicken breasts and brown on each side (about 2 minutes per side). Drizzle the remaining olive oil to the chicken.

Put the onion soup mix, water, nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and red chili flakes in a measuring cup and blend together. Pour over the chicken.

Add the tomatoes/water, marinara sauce, garlic and blend. Cover the skillet over medium high heat and let it cook about twenty minutes. Check a couple of times and stir.

Add the ground almonds and parmesan Reggiano. Blend well. Add penne pasta and blend. Cover the skillet. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for another about 18 to 20 minutes testing noodles which should be al dente. Add chicken stock as needed. Blend occasionally.

When the noodles are al dente, add the fresh basil leaves. Cover and remove the skillet from the heat and let it absorb the goodliness about 10 minutes.

Serve with a scoop of ricotta cheese (optional) and extra fresh basil.


The thin chicken breasts will tear apart as it cooks and that's ok! It almost becomes chicken tenders!

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  1. Patty Marsano says:

    I just made this today for family and everything went home with the recipe! It will always be on my list of family meals or meals I take to friends! Love everything you make! 🥰. The pineapple coconut cake is cooling for dessert!!

    1. Patty Patty! You’ve made my day! Thank you sooooooo much. It’s been a tough day, too, so reading your words makes me smile and think, yes, it’s all worthwhile! Oh, that pineapple coconut cake…lordy, I’d love to be sitting at your table, luv! Thanks again, and keep hanging out w/me here in the kitchen! xoxx ally

  2. Karyn Stagg says:

    I’ll be trying this, Chef! Sounds very different, which is just my style! You are amazing!! And I’ve learned so much from you. Thank you, darlin! With love! ❤️🎶🥂😘

    1. My DR! I’m so happy to see you! Yes, this is one of those one skillet wonders that I love. It’s full of flavor, and if you have leftovers, well, that’s a bonus! We like easy and healthy! Love you my sweet roomie! xoxx ally

  3. What does the nutritional yeast contribute to the recipe? I notice you include it often; can I omit it?

      1. I love your recipes so when I saw this, I had to try it. Absolutely wonderful, the favor and the heat is what we love.
        Easy to make and easy to clean up.
        5-star receipe right here and looking forward to cooking up many more.
        Thank you!

        1. Faith!! What a beautiful message to wake up to on this early morning! I’m thrilled! Thank you for being so supportive and kind in sharing w/me your thoughts, experiences and results when making some of my recipes. Yes, I try to KISS on these recipes b/c I know none of us wants to undertake complications in the kitchen! xoxx lots of love and thanks! ally

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