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Creamy Skillet Chicken with Zucchini, Carrots and Parmesan Pasta

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


  • large skillet
  • saucepan


  • 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


  • 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!