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.

Devon O'Brien
Source:, August 2018


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

334.5 calories; protein 28.7g 57% DV; carbohydrates 24.9g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 2g 8% DV; sugars 1.1g; fat 12.3g 19% DV; saturated fat 2.7g 13% DV; cholesterol 66.9mg 22% DV; vitamin a iu 7100IU 142% DV; vitamin c 30.8mg 51% DV; folate 154.8mcg 39% DV; calcium 143.6mg 14% DV; iron 3.3mg 18% DV; magnesium 107.9mg 39% DV; potassium 684.5mg 19% DV; sodium 499.2mg 20% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 18% DV.

Reviews (18)

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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Not very good at all. Many better uses for chicken and spinach. Would NOT recommend. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
No white wine yes will make again but with white wine! Loved it! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Light pasta meal. I really enjoyed it. My husband thought it was a little lemony though. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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!! Read More