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Pasta dish in skillet pan with penne pasta, chicken, lemon slices, shaved parmesan and lemon zest

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

Cast iron skillet filled with chicken spinach pasta with lemon slices and parmesan cheese

This recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner! It’s packed with a garlicky, lemony flavor and cooked in one pan with pasta, lean chicken breast, and sautéed spinach. It is best served with a sprinkle of Parmesan.


  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, diced
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 10 cups of fresh spinach, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add the 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 of Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts:

  • 335 calories
  • Protein 28.7g
  • Carbohydrates 24.9g
  • Dietary fiber 2g
  • Sugars 1.1g
  • Fat 12.3g
  • Saturated fat 2.7g
  • Cholesterol 66.9mg
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