Overhead view of a wooden spoon scooping chicken parmesan pasta from a white enameled dutch oven.

This one-pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta is the scrumptious and hassle-free recipe for you! This dish combines all the mouthwatering flavors of classic chicken Parmesan with the comforting goodness of pasta, all cooked together in just one pot on the stovetop. It’s the perfect fusion of convenience and deliciousness that will have your taste buds in ooey-gooey heaven. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in!

Close view of a scoop of one-pot chicken parmesan pasta on a wooden spoon.

What’s the difference between classic chicken Parmesan and chicken Parmesan pasta?

Classic chicken parmesan is a beloved Italian-American dish where you bread and fry chicken cutlets until they’re golden and crispy. Then, you smother them in marinara sauce, top it all off with melted mozzarella and Parmesan, and bake it to perfection. 

On the other hand, chicken Parmesan pasta is like the fun, party version of the classic dish! Instead of frying individual chicken cutlets, we cook diced chicken right in the same pot with pasta and all the saucy goodness. With Chicken Parmesan Pasta, you get to enjoy all the fabulous flavors of the classic dish but in a more convenient and cozy way. It’s like having a delightful pasta party with tender chicken, marinara sauce, and ooey-gooey melted cheeses, all mixed together for a delicious harmony of flavors.

What do I need to make chicken Parmesan pasta?

  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Unsalted butter
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Avocado oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • Medium yellow onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Dry pasta: Short pasta is best for this recipe, like rotini or penne pasta.
  • Marinara sauce: Use homemade marinara sauce or a lower-sodium store-bought pasta sauce!
  • Low-sodium chicken broth
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil or parsley for garnish (optional)

How do I make chicken Parmesan pasta?

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Step 1: Toast The Breadcrumbs

Grab a large pot or a Dutch oven and melt butter over medium heat. Toss in the breadcrumbs and give them a good stir. Toast until they are golden brown, then set them aside for later.

Step 2: Sauté the Chicken

Add some oil to the pot and cook the chicken with Italian seasoning. Brown chicken for around 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure it cooks evenly. Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate and set it aside. It’s okay if it’s not fully cooked through just yet – we’ll finish that later.

Step 3: Add the Onion and Garlic

Now, pour the remaining tablespoon of oil into the pot and let it warm up again. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté for a few minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.

Step 4: Bring It All Together

Return the chicken to the pot, along with the uncooked pasta, marinara sauce, and chicken broth. Crank up the heat to bring it all to a boil, then reduce it to low heat. Cover and let it cook for about 12-15 minutes, until the pasta cooks to al dente.

Step 5: Stir in the Cheese

Uncover the pot and stir in the cheeses until melted.

Step 6: Add the Toppings and Serve!

Sprinkle the toasted breadcrumbs on top of the pasta! For a finishing touch, top with fresh herbs for a pop of color and flavor.

Protip: Add some crunch!

The breadcrumb topping is optional but definitely adds to the chicken Parmesan feel of the dish. Plus, it’s a nice texture!

Close view of a wooden spoon scooping into a pot of chicken parmesan pasta.

How do I store the leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Reheating leftover chicken Parmesan pasta

Warm leftovers on the stovetop over medium until heated through. Alternatively, you can heat your pasta in the microwave in 30-second intervals until warm. 

A wooden spoon dips into a pot of pasta to scoop out a serving.

What should I serve with this chicken Parmesan pasta recipe?

We love to serve this with some sort of veggie side to cut the richness of the chicken Parm pasta. Try it with:

A delicious dinner the whole family will love!

This easy comfort food dish is the ultimate crowd pleaser for any occasion! Simple ingredients like chicken breast, pasta, marinara sauce, and fresh herbs unite to create an easy recipe in under 30 minutes. It’s the best way to get that Italian food fix without the effort! Try this recipe, and let me know what you think!

Overhead view of a wooden spoon scooping chicken parmesan pasta from a white enameled dutch oven.

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This delicious one-pot chicken Parmesan pasta can be on the dinner table in under 30 minutes. It is comfort food at its finest.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter    
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (divided)
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast (boneless/skinless), diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces dry pasta
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley or basil for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and stir occasionally until the breadcrumbs are toasted. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. 
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in the pot over medium. Add the diced chicken and Italian seasoning. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Transfer to a plate and set aside (it's okay if the chicken isn’t cooked through all the way).
  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium in the large pot. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add the chicken back to the pot, along with the dry pasta, marinara sauce, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 12-15 minutes, until the pasta is cooked al dente. 
  5. Uncover, stir in the cheeses, and heat until the cheese is melted. Top with the breadcrumb topping, garnish with herbs, and serve!

Notes

  • The breadcrumb topping is optional, but we highly recommend it! It adds great texture and helps give that chicken Parmesan feel.
  • Store leftovers for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Feel free to use homemade marinara or a lower-sodium store-bought one!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 608Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 1017mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 52g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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