One-Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta with Zucchini


This one-pot creamy chicken with zucchini is comfort food at its best. Here, we take advantage of fresh summer zucchini, which lightens up the dish. This easy dinner is made all in one pot on the stovetop, so you can give your oven a rest on a warm day and enjoy an easy cleanup.

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 ounces orzo, preferably whole-wheat

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided

  • 1 medium zucchini, diced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 12 ounces skinless rotisserie chicken, shredded (about 3 cups)

  • 4 ounces cream cheese

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or dill

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add orzo and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Add wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed, about 30 seconds. Stir in 2 cups water and 1 cup broth; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the pasta is almost tender, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add zucchini and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the zucchini is tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in chicken, cream cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan, parsley, tarragon (or dill), pepper, salt and the remaining 1/2 cup broth. Cook, stirring constantly, until creamy and hot, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.

    One-Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta with Zucchini
    Diana Chistruga

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

542 Calories
20g Fat
47g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 542
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 38g 76%
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Vitamin A 902IU 18%
Vitamin C 19mg 21%
Vitamin D 3IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 36mcg 9%
Vitamin K 69mcg 58%
Sodium 649mg 28%
Calcium 156mg 12%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 49mg 12%
Potassium 640mg 14%
Zinc 2mg 18%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

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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