Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

This one-pan pasta that combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl meal is garlicky recipe health, lemony and best served with a little Parm on top. I call it “Mom’s Skillet Pasta” and she called it “Devon’s Favorite Pasta.” Either way it’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner we created together and scribbled on a little recipe card more than a decade ago, and it remains in my weekly dinner rotation to this day. It’s a simple dinner the whole family will love.

gredientsIngredient Checklist

  1. 8 ounces gluten-free penne pasta or whole-wheat penne pasta
  2. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, trimmed, if necessary, and cut into bite-size pieces
  4. ½ teaspoon salt
  5. ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  6. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  7. ½ cup dry white wine
  8. Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  9. 10 cups chopped fresh spinach


4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Divide among 4 plates and top each serving with 1 tablespoon Parmesan.

DirectionsInstructions Checklist

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.


Step 2

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.


Step 3

Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in wine, lemon juice and zest; bring to a simmer.


Step 4

Remove from heat. Stir in spinach and the cooked pasta.


Step 5

Cover and let stand until the spinach is just wilted.

Divide among 4 plates and top each serving with 1 tablespoon Parmesan.

Dry pasta cooks up perfectly tender in a luscious sauce with chicken, spinach and tomatoes in this one pot wonder. This utterly delicious Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta is on the table in about 30 minutes!

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time you know I’m pretty crazy about fast and easy one-pot meals. It stems from the “life is complicated, dinner shouldn’t be” philosophy that I’ve adopted over the years. This is what raising four boys while working both in and out of the home does to a woman! recipe health


After serving many of these simple, delicious meals to my family, I’ve determined that complicated does not necessarily mean better.

Ever since the momentous day when I discovered you could throw dry pasta into a pot with a slew of other ingredients and end up with a delicious result, things have never quite been the same around here. It led me to experiment with all kinds of different pastas, proteins, and veggies and this Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta has risen to the top as one of my favorites. My family loves this easy meal! It’s been a regular on our menu around here for so many years.

The funny thing is, I could work for hours in the kitchen to create a special meal and the next night pull off this easy chicken pasta and the crowd goes crazy. Go figure!


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