Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

8 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 8

October 07, 2018
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By: felineresa
I might like to try adding cherry tomatoes next time, but with the recipe as-is, I did like it. My 7-yo son loved the penne but not the spinach. I liked everything. I know that my family who is not into eating healthy would probably think it is bland, but as far as healthy foods go (which I like), I will definitely make this again.
September 25, 2018
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By: destinycmb1
No white wine, yes will make again but with white wine! Loved it!
September 25, 2018
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By: nmchilecat
Okay, I admit hubby and I like spicy, very flavorful food. We both though this was very, very bland. He sprinkled his bowl with some paprika, I sprinkled mine with some cayenne pepper. It makes 4 that 4 servings for giants? We have enough for at least 2 more meals. I don't like to waste food, so we will eat it. But I won't make it again.
September 22, 2018
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By: Andrea
Light pasta meal. I really enjoyed it. My husband thought it was a little lemony though.
September 17, 2018
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By: Carol Lacey
I love my pasta but not necessarily with red sauce. This made a light, fresh pasta dish. The lemon made it fresh tasting with the spinach. Nice change. I really enjoyed this recipe. I made it as is. It will be made again.
September 17, 2018
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By: Beth
A waste of ingredients, spinach is hard to come by here so I am normally very careful what I use it in as not to waste it, I took a chance with this recipe and it was just awful. Very dry even thought I added extra wine, my dogs would not even eat it.
September 11, 2018
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By: Jamie
I made this to recipe and it came out great. This is a fantastic summer mid week meal. Easy, quick. This one is a keeper.
September 10, 2018
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By: Emma
I loved this recipe! It was easy to make and made a plentiful amount. The only things I changed were to use original olive oil (that's all I had on hand), half the spinach amount, and I omitted the lemon zest. Next time I would add a bit more lemon juice to make up for not including the zest, but otherwise a fantastic and healthy meal! Thank you!!
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