Summer Skillet Pasta with Chicken

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Summer Skillet Pasta with tender chicken is a healthy, vibrant dish perfect for using summer vegetables. No heavy cream or butter, but lots of fresh, zesty flavor. 

Summer Skillet Pasta

Summer Skillet Pasta with Chicken

Summer Skillet Pasta with Chicken is a delicious, light skillet pasta I came up with recently when I had a ton of veggies from our summer garden and a hankering for a good pasta dish. I didn’t want anything too heavy on that hot summer evening, but something that was filling and fresh and yummy. It was so easy to put together! Fresh vegetables, tender chunks of chicken breast, spaghetti, zesty Italian seasoning and some light cream cheese melt together to create a creamy, healthy pasta dinner that everyone loves! Serve with a simple green salad and some crusty bread for the perfect weeknight dinner.

Low Calorie Summer Skillet Pasta

This Summer Skillet Pasta recipe is low in calories but high on flavor. That’s because instead of using heavy cream, butter or lots of oil, I use Skinny Cow Creamy Swiss cheese wedges to add creamy texture and flavor to the dish. Those little wedges come in handy for so many recipes! They melt smoothly when tossed in with the spaghetti, hot veggies and chicken. I do use a little vegetable oil to give the chicken a nice golden color, and to sautee the vegetables. You can use extra virgin olive oil or any oil for this step.

How to Make Vegetarian Summer Skillet Pasta

Bright, crisp vegetables really are the star of this dinner. And you can make this recipe vegetarian in a snap! Just omit the chicken, and use a vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. It’s not just for spring or summer either; you can add fall or winter vegetables to create a whole new recipe as the seasons change. That’s what I love most about this recipe, the versatility. If you need some ideas of vegetables to use, try a few of these:

  • tomatoes
  • green peppers
  • red, yellow or orange peppers
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • zucchini
  • yellow squash
  • carrots
  • pea pods
  • green beans
  • onions
  • garlic
  • asparagus
  • eggplant
  • celery

The possibilities are endless! Mix and match any veggies you have on hand, and toss in with some seasonings and your choice of pasta and you’ll have a hearty and healthy dinner on the table in no time!

More Favorite Pasta Recipes

I really have to stop myself from making pasta every night of the week. There are so many recipes out there, but try a few of these tried and true favorites:

How to Make Summer Skillet Pasta with Chicken

Summer Skillet Pasta

Summer Skillet Pasta with Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Summer Skillet Pasta with tender chicken is a healthy, vibrant dish perfect for using summer vegetables. No heavy cream or butter, but lots of fresh, zesty flavor. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a little vegetable oil in a large skillet. Cut chicken into pieces and add to oil. Sprinkle chicken with Montreal chicken seasoning, to taste.
  • When chicken is cooked through, remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Wipe skillet clean with a paper towel (or two) and add a little more oil to the skillet. When oil is hot again, add garlic, onion, peppers, and zucchini.
  • Saute vegetables until they become bright and tender.
  • Return chicken to skillet along with diced tomatoes. Stir in Italian seasonings, basil, salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken broth and simmer for a minute or two.
  • Add milk, Parmesan cheese, and cream cheese– stir until cream cheese is completely melted and mixed in.
  • Drain spaghetti and add to skillet. Toss until well combined. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 24gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 545mgPotassium: 721mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1039IUVitamin C: 78mgCalcium: 258mgIron: 3mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    We just enjoyed this delicious pasta recipe for dinner this evening. It was a big hit with the family! This recipe’s a keeper.

  2. Does “1 pkg. zesty Italian dry seasoning packet” mean Good Seasons Zesty Italian Dressing dry mix?
    Thanks!

    1. Yes! We do use the Good Seasons Zesty Italian Dressing mix. You can sometimes find generic brands, but this is the brand we prefer. Thank you for asking!

      1. Is there a substitute for the Zesty Italian Dressing mix? I have been to two stores in my area and can’t seem to find it stocked. Thanks!

  3. Made this tonight, loved it! I used 1/2 can crushed tomatoes instead of 1 can diced because my husband doesn’t like chunky tomatoes. I was worried it would be too runny if I used the whole can, it turned out delicious!

  4. WOW this was delicious! My husband had seconds, then ate what was left on my plate! This recipe is definitely a keeper! So simple and fresh. Thanks!

  5. I LOVED this pasta almost more than anything! This is definitely a keeper. I followed the recipe almost exactly, but I did use light cream cheese, and I used Montreal Steak Seasoning for the chicken since I don’t have the chicken version. Seriously, SOOOOO good. We enjoyed it for three nights since it makes a ton and we’re a small family. Oh and I only used one chicken breast and it was plenty especially with so many veggies.