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chicken parmesan pasta on a plate

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Italian


The whole family will love this EASY chicken parmesan pasta recipe. This chicken parm pasta skillet is the best way to make chicken parm in just 30 minutes!


  • 1/2 white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb. chicken tenders
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 12 oz. bow-tie pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups marinara sauce (16 oz.)
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Prepare ingredients:
    Dice onion.
    Mince garlic.
    Cut chicken into 1″ pieces and season with salt. (Using kitchen shears makes this quick!)
    Start boiling pasta water.
  2. Prepare pasta to al dente, according to package instructions. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add onions, cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and chicken and cook for about 5-8 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Stir in marinara sauce. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  5. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a small nonstick pan. Add panko and toast  the breadcrumbs for 2-4 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside.
  6. Stir mozzarella cheese into chicken mixture.
  7. Place serving of pasta onto a plate and top with chicken mixture, parmesan cheese, and toasted bread crumbs. 


  • Get your kids involved! They can: top their own pasta with breadcrumbs and parmesan. 
  • Panko bread crumbs. Definitely use panko for this recipe and not regular breadcrumbs! They don’t toast up as well. You can find them in the breadcrumb or asian section. 

Keywords: chicken parmesan pasta, chicken pasta recipe