One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

All the great chicken parmesan flavors, combined in one easy one pot pasta dish that’s ready in 30 minutes! Less dishes, but a meal with maximum flavor!

Do you love chicken parmesan, but don’t love all the dishes that come with it?  Then this is the dish for you!  One pot, 30 minutes!  The pasta cooks in the pot with all the sauce and chicken, making it super flavorful!

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You guys… have you tried one pot pasta dishes before?  They. Are. AMAZING!!  No waiting for a big pot of water to boil, no draining, no extra pot to wash… just one pot of pure comfort food.  I have been dreaming up and testing all kinds of one pot pasta dishes for you all, and I think you’ll be excited with all the options over the next month or so!

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I love chicken parmesan… SO much.  But I definitely don’t love the tedious breading process, so many dishes to wash, and how long it can take to make it!  I dreamt up this dish a while ago, then found out The Cookie Rookie had already made a great version… so I headed over to her page and made some tweaks based on what I had on hand.  This version is made with everyday ingredients, and is incredibly flavorful!

One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta | Great chicken parmesan flavors combine with pasta in this one pot meal that's ready in 30 minutes! | | #dinner #chicken #easyrecipe #weeknight


I opted to omit the breading here… to save calories, recipe steps, and to keep the ultra creamy consistency.  If you really need that breading crunch, you could add some toasted Italian panko breadcrumbs to the top of the dish.  Of course, you could always bread some chicken tenders and cook them before laying them on top of the pasta, but that defeats the whole “one pot” idea 😉

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You can make this one pot chicken parmesan pasta in any large skillet or pot, but I always make it in my enameled dutch oven.  When I’m stirring the pasta as it cooks, I don’t want to be worried about the liquid slopping up and over the sides.  I’m a messy cook, but no one likes to clean up burn on sauces from their stovetop!  If you don’t have a dutch oven, you can use a deep sided skillet, or a stock pot… but I highly recommend picking up a dutch oven, they have so many uses!!

To go alongside this pasta, I like to serve either my homemade cheesy garlic bread, cheesy garlic crescent rolls, or no knead artisan bread.  Add a nice green salad and it makes the perfect trio!

One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta | Great chicken parmesan flavors combine with pasta in this one pot meal that's ready in 30 minutes! | | #dinner #chicken #easyrecipe #weeknight

In case your family isn’t licking the pot clean by the time dinner is over, this pasta reheats well for lunch the next day!

As the weeknights get busier and busier, do yourself a favor and whip up this 30 minute one pot chicken parmesan pasta!

Things you may need for this recipe: (these are affiliate links – see my disclosure page for more details)

  • Dutch oven – I own several Le Creuset’s that I love too, but this is a much more affordable option, and it’s been a workhorse in my kitchen!
  • Box grater – I like to grate my own cheeses… they get extra gooey and melty this way
  • Marinara – This is the brand of marinara sauce that I like to use

One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta | Great chicken parmesan flavors combine with pasta in this one pot meal that's ready in 30 minutes! | | #dinner #chicken #easyrecipe #weeknight

One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

All the great chicken parmesan flavors, combined in one easy one pot pasta dish that's ready in 30 minutes! Less dishes, but a meal with maximum flavor!
4.91 from 73 votes
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 450
Recipe Author The Chunky Chef


  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 oz dried short-cut pasta (I used rigatoni)
  • 24 oz jar of your favorite marinara sauce (I used Newman's Own)
  • water to fill empty marinara sauce jar
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • additional dried Italian seasoning, optional
  • fresh parsley and/or basil, minced for garnish


  • To a large pot or skillet (I used my dutch oven), add a drizzle of olive oil and heat over MED-HIGH heat.  Add chicken, season with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.  Cook about 5 minutes, until chicken is most of the way cooked through.  Remove to a plate.
  • Add onion and garlic to the pot and cook about 2-3 minutes, until soft.  Pour in marinara sauce, fill up empty sauce jar with water and add to the pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a strong simmer.
  • Add chicken and pasta, stir, then cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, until pasta is cooked to your liking.  Stir in parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese.
  • Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese on top of the dish and cook another 2-3 minutes, until cheese is melted and gooey.
  • Sprinkle with additional Italian seasoning if desired, and garnish with parsley or basil.



Recipe adapted from The Cookie Rookie
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144 comments on “One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta”

  1. Very yummy! I put in red bell pepper with the onion and garlic. I also added onion powder, dried parsley ,and basil. I grated fresh parmesan in the end as well. Thank you!

  2. We had this and it was a huge success with my picky husband. Easy to follow but tastes like it was a ton of work.

  3. This was seriously so easy and very tasty! I can’t wait to make it again! 

  4. Absolutely delicious and simple to make. I used a vodka sauce instead and was a huge hit. Thank you.

  5. I used ziti as a substitute, but still an amazing recipe. This is definitely not my last time cooking this one. Thanks for sharing

  6. I have some leftover grilled boneless chicken thighs. Do you think that would work in this recipe?

  7. What can I use on top to make it crunchy? Panko breadcrumbs? 

  8. Hi trying this recipe out tomorrow night! 
    Can I use tomato purée for the sauce? 

  9. UMMMM sooooo GOOOD!!! Try it, quick and easy! My fam loved it!

  10. I LOVED this recipe!!!!!! I managed to shorten the cooking time by using precooked chicken strips (perdue shortcuts). I was hesitant by the amount of onion it called for, but it was perfect. I may experiment with different flavored marinara sauces to give the dish more flavor but it was seriously so effortless and delicious as is.

  11. Very good recipe my children loved this meal I added my own seasoning I needed more taste besides the salt and pepper on the chicken I also don’t use garlic but other than that a quick easy meal 

  12. I make this all the time. One night I didn’t have any chicken on hand, so I substituted ground beef (I brown it with the onions and garlic, and then drain all of it together before adding the rest of the ingredients), and it was also a huge hit!

  13. Very good recipe! Made exactly as printed and everyone loved it and was very easy to prepare and cleanup on a busy weeknight. I do have a question regarding servings, how many ounces, cups or grams is considered one serving?

  14. This recipe was amazing my whole family loved it.

  15. I’m making this now and my kitchen smells A-mazing! Do you have a modified recipe for it to be a frozen meal? Or any suggestions on how you’d adjust so it can be frozen and baked later?

    • I don’t have any modified version of this to be a freezer meal, but I *think* it could be tweaked a bit to work. I would cook it a few minutes less than the recipe states, so the pasta won’t be done cooking yet, cool it completely, then freeze it. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight and either add it all to a pot to reheat on the stovetop or bake at 350 until hot and bubbly throughout. Bear in mind, none of this is tested, just throwing ideas out there 🙂

  16. It was easy and delishes and truly took 30 min and that was even having to defrost chicken

  17. I deviated a little (cooked the chicken, garlic and onion seperately in in in cast iron until golden, then mixed into the pasta/sauce/cheese combo). I also used chicken stock instead of water, and it was VERY GOOD. I also added a shock of green onion sliced very thin on top, for color and sharpness.

  18. Always gone in my house in 10 minutes, and I’m surprised every time! Wonderful recipe.

  19. So delicious !!! Amazing ❤

  20. It was so easy to make. So cost effective.

  21. Just have to say this recipe ROCKS!!! I have 3 teenagers and work full time so I am always struggling w/ what to make quickly for dinner after a long work day.  I tried this recipe and all 3 of my kids have asked me to make it again repeatedly.  Quick, easy, and delicious!  It’s the little things that make a difference, so seriously Thank You!

  22. I love this! I followed the recipe exactly (added mushrooms and spinach just because I love them), and it was really easy and totally yummy. Definitely a keeper.

  23. Can this recipe be cut in half successfully?

  24. This was so.stinking delicious!!! I was worried that the pasta wouldn’t absorb all the water but it did! Once I added the Parm it was a creamy, and delish dish! I left out the mozzarella cheese since hub isn’t a fan but it was good w/ just the Parm! Next time I may add a dash of heavy cream!  Thanks for a quick delicious one pan dish! 

  25. Do you think you could use ground chicken?

  26. Delicious. Added mushrooms sauteed with garlic and onion. At the end threw in some baby spinach. Family loved it.

  27. This recipe turned out delicious!
    I want to make this for a large crowd, do you think that this can be made in advance? If I reheat this dish using sternos will it dry out the pasta?

  28. This was easy and delicious! Thank you! I used my Dutch oven that I just love and any chance I get to use it! I only had spaghetti so I broke that up a bit smaller.  It worked just fine. I used a little or maybe quite a bit more cheese because we love our cheese! Thanks for this easy, yummy recipe. 😊

  29. LOVED this recipe.. soo easy to make and my family ate it all up! Thank you for sharing !!!

  30. Boyfriend always whinges that I make too much mess when cooking. So this was ace! Easy and tasted amazing! Thanks!

  31. This was so so good. Just crazy delicious. I ate the leftovers cold for 2 days. I already can’t wait to make it again. Very easy, as well. Entire family ate it, which is a big win when ages 5 and 8 are involved.

  32. Do you need to use a Dutch Oven?

    • No but you’ll need a deep pot.

    • I used an iron skillet and it was very tight for space. I spilled a lot here and there and the noodles didn’t cook evenly. Also, the noodles stuck to the bottom of my skillet and was very difficult to get off. I’m not knocking the recipe, because it was delicious, but now I see why the author highly recommends the Dutch oven..

  33. Omg the best pasta recipe,!!! I added garlic with the meat while cooking to get that roasted garlic taste. I used penne pasta, and mezzeta tomato sauce with garlic. Sooo good I love love love it thank you!! I also added a little sugar and Italian seasoning. 

  34. Looks amazing 😊. I was wondering if it could be done in a slow cooker? I have a slow cooker and a convection oven. Thank You it looks so yummy

  35. Have made this several times now. Has become family fav. Gets better each time i make it

  36. Hello I want to make this recipe today for mine and my sisters packed lunch so do you think that it is suitable for that? 

  37. Our 11 year old just made this for the whole family without any adult help at all (except driving her to the grocery store to get a couple of ingredients we didn’t have at home). She found the recipe easy to follow and everyone loved it. Thank you!

  38. Yum!! I followed your exact recipe and made it exactly how you prepared in your video. Not time consuming or hard to prepare at all. Absolutely delicious! No need to alter any part of this recipe! And your step of adding the onions and garlic after cooking chicken was so good too, as it soaked up all of the wonderful chicken drippings and seasonings! We all enjoyed it very much and have leftovers too (which I’m thinking will be even better tomorrow!) Thanks for sharing! 

  39. How much water do you add?

  40. I am making this tonight for husbands Birthday. I will post pictures but I am using the best bottle spagehtti sauce we hae ever tried!  Wanted to share the name of it! MONTE POLLINO, come in 2 flavors Roasted Garlic and Tomato Basil, the only thing I add to it is a little chopped onion and  fresh basil. However it does not need any extra!

  41. Hi I have a few silly questions – for step 2 do you cook the onion and garlic on medium heat and then for step three cook it on high heat then bring it down to a simmer for step 4 as well? Thanks!!

    • Not silly at all! Every stove heats differently, so you’ll need to sort of adjust as you go, but yes, cook the onion and garlic on medium heat. When you need to bring the sauce up to a boil, increase the heat up towards high, then reduce down to a simmer. For the remaining of the recipe, keep it at that high simmer.

  42. I made this with hunts pasta sauce and gluten free pasta. Worked great.  Thank you for a great  recipe  

  43. My husband and daughter are very picky eaters but they loved this recipe. I’ll be making this a lot in our house. We live in Denmark, so your recipe has travelled far 😊

  44. I’ve been confined to my bed for the past few days with the flu. My 14 year old daughter has picked up the dinner duties in my absence. Tonight she made this recipe & it was a hit! She said one of her brothers & my husband got seconds & her other brother who is always the last to finish his food was done first! Thank you for sharing this one pot meal, 5 stars here!

  45. This was a great one pot meal. My family was impressed and it was very easy to make. Thanks for sharing this!

  46. Do you think I could substitute the marinara sauce for Hunts Basil, garlic & oregano tomato sauce and skip the onions & seasonings?

  47. What kind of Italian seasoning did you use? 

  48. Great recipe, Amanda. Made it last night for the kids and they loved it.

  49. Yes ma’am I really love your pastas spaghetti and I’m always trying them all the time just love your recipes

  50. I’m making this right now. I will keep you posted!! These reviews have me excited lol

  51. Made this recipe but changed it a little.

    I marinated the chicken in Italian dressing, capers, and teriyaki sauce. I also added diced potatoes with the garlic and onion to add filler. I added half a jar more of sauce at the very end. And topped with italian bread crumbs and parmesan cheese and broiled until brown.
    It was so delicious.and super easy. Loved the easy clean up.

  52. Made this tonight. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs. It was delicious. Makes a lot! Definitelt recommend 😁

  53. I tried this recipe and it tasted great! I only slightly overcooked the chicken, do you have any tips to prevent this from happening?

  54. Just made this for my husband and daughter for the first time and they absolutely loved it.. Thank you!!

  55. This is phenomenal! We all loved it. I didnt even alter anything, which is rare. Lol This is a keeper and will be made often.

  56. Considering making this for a group outing…how many people would you say this recipe serves? and would it be possible to multiply for about 20 people? it just looks go good!

  57. My family loves this recipe! So fresh and great! If you haven’t tried this you should! We love to cook as a famous family, delicious!

  58. This meal was great!! We have an instant pot, this is so much better!! So hearty and fresh! Which we love to cook as a family. I loved the Newman’s sauce… if you haven’t tried this recipe, you should! 

  59. Can you substitute the chicken for like pork or beef ?

  60. Loved how quick I was able to put this recipe together. My husband said this was probably the most delicious pasta I’ve made, and I enjoyed it as well. 😀 Leaving some for my parents to try out… (had to persuade hubby not to worry and that he’ll have enough for seconds lool)

    Printed and posted on my fridge. THANKS!!

  61. I made this last night it was great I think for boiling I would put maybe more marinara in with the water cuz I like it super juicy but other than that it was great 

  62. I made this recipe as stated. Used Cabernet Marinara sauce which was pretty good and use deodorant shredded cheeses. I think the only thing I would do differently next time is to cook the onion and garlic some before the chicken not after. My husband and I enjoyed this meal and would definitely make it again! Awesome and easy recipe! Thank you!

  63. Looks tasty. I don’t have mozzarella on hand but I do have marble cheese… think that would be okay shredded and subbed for the mozza? 

  64. So random, I’ve been using alot of recipes lately that use marinara, or canned tomatoes and chicken broth instead of water to boil everything together in, would you recommend giving that a shot with this recipe?

  65. Made this for after we got back from trick or treating tonite.
    This is damn good!!!! My husband, three year old, and two year old enjoyed it.
    I usually use Genius Kitchens, Jo Mamas Spaghetti recipe for homemade sauce but tonite we used Raos store bought sauce and it was just as good.
    Thank you and keep these one pot recipes coming!!!
    Quick clean up? I dont believe it!!!! I actually had time for myself tonite lol thanks again!

  66. Absolutley DELICIOUS! Thank you!

  67. This is a terrific reimagining of the classic dish.  I struggled with the pasta cooking and may cook the pasta at least 3/4 of the way through separately, but otherwise it’s a winner.  I used two chicken breast halves which I flattened a bit, cooked flat, then cut up and cooked the rest of the way.  I love breading on the chicken, but it’s very nice like this without – what a time saver and calorie saver.  

  68. This was really tasty – like made in a restaurant tasty.  My husband who is super picky really liked it and that is HUGE.  My 10
    Year old daughter told me she wasn’t a sauce person – and a few minutes later her plate was cleaned. 

  69. Delicious! I had to tweak the recipe out of necessity. I had chicken thighs instead of cutlets, and after cooking them up i cut them into smaller pieces. I put it all back into the pot and even my toddler with a cold (therefor not eating well and was picky) ate up a plateful. Full of flavor, easy, fast. Will make this again!

  70. Very very good! Super simple and makes everyone happy! Will make again!

  71. I love cooking, but just not a pasta person. The husband, however, is so this is easy enough to make and flavorful enough that I don’t mind making a pasta dish! Very easy after late work nights!! Have made it twice now in the past 6 months and will continue to do so.

  72. I made this recipe for the first time ! It came out amazing ! I used Newman’s Fore roasted tomato and garlic sauce and I used shells. I was impressed with all of the flavor and didn’t need to add more then the recipe called for ! 

  73. Hi! How many does this recipe normally cook for? I wanted to make it for a big group of 30!

    • Hi Evi 🙂 As an entree, it serves about 6 people, so you’ll have to make some adjustments to the recipe to get it to serve that many people. There’s no way it’ll all fit in one pot, so you’ll more than likely have to have it going in various pots. I’ve never made the recipe for that many people, so I can’t say for certain how it’ll hold up by increasing it that much.

  74. Made this tonight and I am super impressed how easy it was for how delicious it turned out.  Thanks for the recipe!

  75. I’m thinking about making this and freezing it to have for a later time. Have you ever made it and frozen it before?

  76. I just have regular dried pasta…..not short cut. Is it ok or should I precook it for a couple of minutes before adding it to the dutch oven?

  77. Made this tonight and used canned tomato sauce, it was amazing! My very picky italian fiance loved it! She said it was the best sauce I’d ever made! Thank you for this recipe! Will definitely be making this again and again.

  78. I make this this evening for dinner and my family loved it as well as myself. Thank you again. 

  79. Made this today. Amazing! All the cheese made the pasta very enjoyable.

    1 Cup of Mozarella = 8 Oz. of Mozarella
    1/4 Cup of Parmesan = 2 Oz. of Parmesan

  80. It says you used a skillet, how will all that and pasta fit in the skillet when cooking if I’m reading your instructions correctly? 

    • Hi Moriah 🙂 I actually said I used my dutch oven (which I linked to in the written post above the recipe itself). I know not everyone has a dutch oven, but if you have a very large, deep-sided skillet you might be able to get it all to fit. Whatever you cook soup in should work perfectly.

    • I used a wok …works great

  81. This is really good and super easy to make. Of course I changed it a little by using rotisserie chicken instead of raw because that’s what I had but it came out really good. The kids loved it. My cholesterol is a CV little high so it kind of has too much cheese so I’ll decrease the amount next time. Also it’ll taste better or worse depending on the quality sauce you use.

  82. Making this tonight! I put UNCOOKED pasta in with the sauce, correct?

  83. Amanda, thank you! I am a busy mom and hate resorting to ordering pizza because I got home late.  Love the one pot dish concept. Made the recipe as stated (I used  Barilla marinara).  Delicious! And to the commentor couldn’t see the chicken…there is plenty.  You’ve got yourself a new subscriber.  Thanks.

  84. It was wonderful!! Easy to make! 

  85. Do I cook the pasta before all of the other stuff or does the pasta cook when it’s added in with the chicken and other ingredients ? 

  86. How many quarts should the pot be?

  87. I tried this dish tonight, and it was a hit! Lots of flavor and I loved that it was made in one pot. 

  88. I want to try this, but is it possible for one pound of pasta to absorb 24 ounces of water? I just don’t see how that could be right, but nobody mentioned that a full marinara jar of water was too much. Please advise!
    Thanks–sounds delicious.

  89. My son and I were wanting something different for supper, and we found this recipe and I made it tonight. It got 5 stars all around the supper table tonight! Excellent! Very simple, quick and easy to make! Thanks for sharing this keeper! 🙂
    Sorry for the double post…I forgot to rate it the 1st time.

  90. I made it tonight and its delicious. So gooey! I made it with meatball flavored spaghetti sauce (busy week and no time to go grocery shopping). I added a little bit of sugar and unfortunately I didn’t have an onion but it still tasted great. It reminded me of one pasta sauce (tomato and cream) I was making  in the past. 

  91. Very easy and delicious. I added about a half pound more pasta and then a half jar more of marinara and it worked out well. Was thinking might uses Italian sausage next time. 

  92. You nailed this recipe! Made it as is with an organic marinara sauce and some extra garlic….DELICIOUS!!!! Might even let the kids and hubby try some tonight 🙂 🙂 

  93. Just found this recipe! So cheap and easy and delicious! Can’t wait for my husband to try it 

  94. I made this tonight and my boyfriend loved it. Thanks!!!

  95. I was looking for a quick dinner and found this recipe. Made it just like the recipe states only I used a jar of Barilla marinara sauce that I had on hand and it got a thumbs up from my husband. Will keep this one in the dinner rotation.

  96. Enjoyed this receipe. Added two more chicken breasts. Did not really remind me of chicken parmesan. But was good, quick and simple.

  97. Winner winner chicken Parmesan dinner !!!!!!! While family loved this followed reciepe exact and it was perfect !! 

  98. Searched for a recipe for stuff I had in the kitchen so I didnt have to go to the store. I came across this recipe. I only had a can of Hunts Spagetti Sauce in the cupboard so I was worried how it would turn out (we prefer Ragu). I shouldnt have worried because it turned out delicious!! I added a little more of the seasonings and a bit of sugar to the sauce. So yummy and kid approved. Thank you for a great easy meal!!

  99. In all the pictures shown I do not see one piece of chicken. Did you forget it? Regardless, I can’t wait to make it. Sounds so good!

  100. It’s a sleeting day in Kansas. No food in the fridge, except for the ingredients for this one pot. I added frozen spinach. This meal was delicious!

  101. Literally amazing just made it taste so good! Changes were broiled it with mozzarella parmesan cheese mix topped with Italian breadcrumbs. Also added red pepper flakes. Yummy easy flavorful!

  102. Made this tonight per the recipe, except at the end I added panko bread crumbs and the mozzarella and put it in the oven on broil for a minute. So good! Thank you!

  103. the only comments that should be posted are the ones of people who have actually tried making this recipe. I want to read what their thoughts are after making it, and how they like it, I do not need to see a bunch of useless comments about how good the food looks,

  104. I tried this last night and it was absolutely amazing! My husband loved it and so did my kids. I’ll be making this again and again!

  105. oh! fantastic one-pot pasta and chicken. I love both and it awesome. I can’t wait for this

  106. I want a huge plate of this pasta – it looks like comfort food to the max.

  107. Ahhhh the cheesiness! I’m drooling!

  108. I need this pasta dish tonight! It looks amazing!

  109. Love that you can make this in just one dish!

  110. So. Much. Yes. This looks absolutely amazing, and love how quick and easy it is! A must try for sure.

  111. This looks like the perfect weeknight meal!

  112. My husband was just asking me to make chicken parmesan the other day but I’m like you, at times it’s just too much to do to prepare it especially since we’re in a heat wave. This is a perfect fit!