Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan for Two


In this easy weeknight dinner, we combine lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a flavorful meal that is simple and quick. This recipe was adapted from our popular Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan to serve two instead of four.

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Casserole for Two
Photo: Brie Passano
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 4 ounces gluten-free penne pasta or whole-wheat penne pasta

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

  • 5 cups chopped fresh spinach

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Bring a saucepan of water to boil; cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium 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 zest and lemon juice; 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 between 2 plates and top each serving with 1 tablespoon Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

466 Calories
13g Fat
48g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 466
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 37g 74%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Vitamin A 7119IU 142%
Sodium 497mg 22%
Potassium 1102mg 23%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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