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One-Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

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As a busy mom with three kids underfoot during a dinner shift, one-pot meals are a dream come true. You’ll find many one-pot meals in our meal plans here.

I’ve tried many variations of a one-pot pasta, and we can say we’ve comfortably settled (settled may not be the right context here… you’re certainly not “settling” for flavor or quality…). I guess we’ve comfortably “agreed” that this extremely simple One-pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta is a keeper. Even if you don’t regularly keep Parmesan cheese in the house, this is easily adapted into a “Cheesy Chicken Pasta” dish.

Two bowls of Cheesy Chicken Pasta | Fourganic Sisters
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What You Need

Keep it simple. If you’ve got a jar of pasta sauce, a pound of pasta, and a handful of ooey-gooey cheese, you’ve got dinner on the table in fewer than 20 minutes. The recipe works best with a short pasta like penne, rotini, elbow, etc.

box of organic penne pasta

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I am obsessed with batch cooking chicken breasts or thighs now and portioning out about two-cup containers in the freezer to pop into soups, salads, bakes, etc. That’s my favorite way to simplify this dish.

If you don’t have leftover chicken or pre-shredded available, no worries! Just dice up a chicken breast (or thigh) or two and throw it into a large stockpot with a drizzle of olive or avocado oil.

Make sure each side is nice and golden and cooked to 165 degrees, then remove the chicken and set aside. (Put it on a plate or bowl you’re already using to serve dinner… because… dishes)

Add your diced onion and sauté about 3-4 minutes.

Onions cooking in stockpot

Dump in your jar of pasta sauce. Most jars are in the 24-25-ounce range. Fill up the jar with water (Here I like to put the lid back on and give it a good shake, because #frugal) and dump that in the pot too.

Jar of Aldi Organic Pasta Sauce

Toss in your pasta. Make sure the pasta isn’t poking above the liquid too much.

pasta sticking out of sauce

If so, add a bit more water.

Turn the heat up a bit past medium. The sauce should not quite be boiling, but poppin’ just a bit. Keep it moving frequently. The pasta loves to try to cling to the bottom of the pot. Stir every couple minutes. It might seem like a pain to babysit, but it’s only a few minutes! It’s totally worth it to have fewer dishes too.

After about 15 minutes, fish a piece or two of pasta out and test for doneness. If it’s cooked to your liking, turn down the heat, toss in the chicken and cheese, and give it a good stir.

Cheese on top of pasta

Serve immediately, (preferably with a bit of Parm sprinkled on top!)

Bowl of Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Taste-test Results?

You can add a salad or serve with bread or broccoli, but if I’m making a one-pot dish, I want to keep it to one pot ;). Just buy the sauce with extra veggies in it. My 2,5, and 7-year-olds ALL love this one-pot chicken Parmesan pasta (#momwin) and always request seconds. We hope your family enjoys it as much as ours!

Two Bowls of Chicken Parmesan Pasta
Two bowls of Cheesy Chicken Pasta | Fourganic Sisters

One-Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

If you’ve got a jar of pasta sauce, a pound of pasta, and a handful of ooey-gooey cheese, you’ve got dinner on the table in fewer than 20 minutes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • Stockpot


  • 2 cups shredded/ diced chicken (perfect use for leftover chicken)
  • 25 ounce jar organic marinara sauce
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese (If you don’t have Parm, just use extra mozzarella. It will still be delicious)
  • 1 cup organic mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 pound organic penne pasta (or similarly-sized pasta)


  • (If you’re using leftover chicken, skip to step 2!)
  • Heat a large stockpot on medium to medium high heat. Add in a drizzle of olive oil. Add chicken and cook about 5-6 minutes, until they are starting to get some brown on them.
  • Remove from pot and set aside.
  • Add onion and cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the jar of pasta sauce. Fill up the jar with water and pour water into pot.
  • Add pasta (if pasta is sticking out above the sauce, add a bit more water to cover.
  • Turn heat to medium-high. Cook about 15- 20 minutes, testing pasta occasionally for doneness. NOTE: The pasta tends to want to stick to the bottom, so stir frequently and keep watch on this.
  • Turn down the heat and add chicken to pan.Slowly stir in Parmesan and mozzarella.
  • Serve immediately.
Keyword one-pot meals, pasta, quick and easy dinners, what to do with leftover shredded chicken
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