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One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

One pot chicken parmesan pasta is a true comfort meal composed of delicious Italian flavors including seasoned chicken, pasta, sauce, and lots of cheese! It’s all the best parts of a classic chicken parm made into a 30-minute one-pan meal!

skillet with pasta and cheese
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One-Pot Italian-Style Meal

This chicken parmesan pasta recipe takes all of the amazing components and flavors of traditional baked chicken parmesan and turns it into a delicious bowl of saucy, cheesy, pasta. The kicker is, you don’t even need to know how to cook pasta because, with this dish, it cooks right in the marinara sauce!

This amazing creamy chicken parmesan pasta is made with chunks of juicy chicken seasoned with Italian seasoning, rigatoni smothered in a sauce, and covered in gooey cheese. It’s a snap to make in 30 minutes, and it’s a comfort meal that will have everyone running to the table for dinner tonight.

cheese on top of noodles and sauce

How to Make Chicken Parm Pasta

  1. Brown the cut-up seasoned chicken breast and set it aside on a plate.
  2. Sauté onions in the same pan until they are translucent.
  3. Pour marinara and water into the pan, add the pasta, stir and cover to cook for about 12 minutes, stirring a couple of times throughout.
  4. Add the chicken back into the pan, stir in the parmesan, and toss in about 1/3 cup of the mozzarella. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese and place the lid on to cook for an additional 2 minutes so that the cheese melts.
  6. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley and enjoy!

TIP: To get your cheese golden brown, place it under the broiler for a minute! It’s an easy trick that makes a big difference in flavor and texture!

one pot chicken parmesan pasta on counter

Shortcuts & Variations

  • If you’ve got any leftover chicken breast this is a great way to save some time.
  • You can also create a shortcut by using any leftover cooked pasta!
  • Some people do love the crispy coating that bread crumbs give to the chicken, so by all means use breaded chicken if you prefer.
  • Add some red pepper flakes to the tomato sauce for some heat.
  • If you don’t have any fresh garlic and onion you can substitute for onion powder and garlic powder. Try and use fresh if you can!

FAQs

Can this pasta recipe be made gluten-free?

Despite classic chicken parm being breaded, there are no bread crumbs used in this recipe, so it all comes down to using gluten-free pasta, which is an easy swap!

What’s the difference between chicken parmesan and chicken parmigiana?

Not a thing! Parmigiana is the Italian word for parmesan. So, on days when you’re feeling fancy or you want to get technical, call it chicken parmigiana!

What to Serve with it?

This dish is filling, hearty, and so tasty. I can’t help but rank it as one of the best one-pot meals! It’s complete with pasta, chicken, and a lot of cheese, but it’s always nice to have some sides.

spoonful of pasta

More One Pot Pasta Dishes:

one pot chicken parmesan pasta on counter

One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

5 from 4 votes
One pot chicken parmesan pasta is a true comfort meal composed of delicious Italian flavors including seasoned chicken, pasta, sauce, and lots of cheese! It's all the best parts of a classic chicken parm made into a 30-minute one-pan meal!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt , more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper , more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2-4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 10 ounces rigatoni
  • 32 ounces marinara sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese , more if desired
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

For serving: Chopped parsley or basil

    Instructions

    • Drizzle olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven pot. Heat over medium high heat. Then add the chicken in an even layer. Sprinkle the salt, pepper and Italian seasoning over top. After 3-4 minutes, flip the chicken and cook an additional 2 minutes or until cooked through. Remove chicken and set on a plate. Cover and set aside.
      chicken cooking in pot
    • Add more oil to the pot if needed and then add in the onion. Cook about 2 minutes and then add in the garlic. Cook an additional 1-2 minutes or until onions are translucent.
      onions cooking in pot
    • Pour the marinara and water into the pot. Bring to a light boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Add in the pasta. Stir and then cover with a lid and cook for about 12 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through. Stir once or twice.
      sauce and noodles cooking in pot
    • Add the chicken back into the pot. Stir in the parmesan cheese and 1/3 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.
      cheese on top of noodles and sauce
    • Finally, add the remainder of the mozzarella cheese on top. Place the lid on and cook an additional 2 minutes over low, or until the cheese is melted. You could also put under the broiler for a minute if desired. Sprinkle with fresh parsley or basil, if desired. Serve while warm.
      skillet with pasta and cheese

    Notes

    Storage: Store leftovers in a covered container for up to 3 days. 

    Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 1502mg | Potassium: 1091mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 3mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: Italian
    Author: Jamielyn Nye

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