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Creamy Skillet Chicken with Zucchini, Carrots and Parmesan Pasta
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Creamy Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Creamy Chicken Parmesan Pasta is the perfect meal for any night of the week. Loaded with veggies in a silky sauce, this dish is colorful and lovely!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword chicken, easy dinner, easy recipe, pasta
Servings 6 people

Equipment

  • large skillet
  • saucepan

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive or another vegetable oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cups mushrooms, fresh, sliced
  • 1 cup peppers, green, yellow, orange or red, cored, chopped
  • 2 cups zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, dried (ground or leaves) more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes -
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream (35%)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 ¾ cups water
  • 2 cups pasta
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese plus more for serving

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, over medium heat, heat oil until it shimmers or when a drop of water flicked in it dances.
  • Season chicken all over with salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken to skillet and cook until it's almost cooked.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.  
  • Add more oil to the skillet and allow it to heat up.
  • Add, onions and mushrooms and cook until tender; about 5 minutes.
  • Stir constantly.
  • Add garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes and stir for another minute or two.
  • Add the pasta, 2 cups of the water, and the broth.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the liquid is very thick, syrupy and almost completely absorbed; 12 to 15 minutes.  
  • Add peppers, zucchini, carrots and the remaining ¾ cup water.
  • Cover, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, 3 to 5 minutes.  
  • Uncover and return the heat to high.
  • Stir in the cream, Parmesan cheese and chicken with the juices.
  • Continue to simmer, uncovered, until the sauce is thickened and the chicken is cooked; just a few minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately with extra Parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!