Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

17 Reviews
From:, August 2018

This one-pan pasta that combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl meal is garlicky, 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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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


  • Prep

  • Ready In

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  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. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in wine, lemon juice and zest; bring to a simmer.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in spinach and the cooked pasta. Cover and let stand until the spinach is just wilted. Divide among 4 plates and top each serving with 1 tablespoon Parmesan.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: scant 2 cups
  • Per serving: 334 calories; 12 g fat(3 g sat); 2 g fiber; 25 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein; 155 mcg folate; 67 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 7,100 IU vitamin A; 31 mg vitamin C; 144 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 499 mg sodium; 685 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (142% daily value), Vitamin C (52% dv), Folate (39% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 lean protein, 2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable

Reviews 17

August 26, 2019
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By: Teri Cooper
I made this tonight for myself while the family had Alfredo. I only put a few noodles in my dish because I am trying to avoid carbs and calories.. I love the little zest the lemon makes in the dish. Since I wasn’t really using noodles, I added mushrooms in the dish . It was really tasty and simple. I will be making again.
April 03, 2019
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My alterations were using lentil pasta and frozen spinach, thawed. I didn't care for the dish at all; perhaps I overcooked the chicken? With all of the delicious ingredients, I expected a wonderful meal. I ate one portion and froze the other three. I can't say that I am looking forward to thawing it and eating later, but hate to throw away all of the food and effort.
February 18, 2019
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By: autumn
I didn’t have wine so I didn’t use that and I used veggie pasta and half a lemon instead of a full lemon and it was sooooooo delicious! I Am definitely making this again!
February 16, 2019
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By: Alexus
I added a tiny amount of onion powder and garlic powder. I also used veggie penne instead of whole wheat. I ate a full serving and enjoyed it; however, it was a bit different tasting than dinners I am used to. Overall, it was very lemony.
January 13, 2019
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By: KarlyS
I didn’t use the full amount of spinach. I also read some of the other reviews and sprinkled my chicken with poultry seasoning before adding it to the oil. It was just an ok recipe. Not my favorite, but a very fresh and light meal.
November 15, 2018
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By: Rebecca H
I thought it was very bland. I could barely taste the wine sauce on the pasta; while the chicken and spinach were flavorless. I would not recommend.
November 05, 2018
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By: schonga
Not very good at all. Many better uses for chicken and spinach. Would NOT recommend.
November 02, 2018
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By: Karen P
This recipe is great, easy, quick and tasty. Grated the garlic rather than minced and used 1# of tortellini instead of penne. Loved it and would definitely make it again.
October 22, 2018
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By: Jana
After reading the reviews, I opted to add some paperika to the dish. Hubby and I both decided it was a keeper. Will be making this again. Pretty darn tasty.
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