I am really learning to love skillet meals. They tend to be quick and easy, flavorful, and best of all you only use one pot! A skillet meal is perfect for busy nights when you don’t have much time to cook. My mom sent me this recipe after she and my dad tried it and liked it, and I’m so glad she did. I actually ended up making it twice in one week because it was so easy and so good!
This dish has a lot of flavor from the combination of chicken broth, wine, and parmesan cheese. Plus, anytime you combine chicken, cheese and pasta, chances are it’s going to be a good meal. The second time I made it I used pre-cooked rotisserie chicken I had stored in the freezer and the meal came together in about 20 minutes! It was great re-heated as leftovers as well, and I know this easy dish will make its way into future menu plans.
Skillet Chicken, Broccoli, and Penne
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, trimmed and sliced thin
1 medium onion, minced
6 medium garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
½ cup dry white wine
8 oz penne pasta
8 oz broccoli florets (approximately 3 cups)
2 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (approximately 1 cup), plus more for serving
Ground black pepper
Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a 12 inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add the chicken, break up any clumps, and cook without stirring until it begins to brown, about 1 minute. Stir the chicken and continue to cook until cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer the chicken to a medium bowl, cover with foil, and set aside.
Add another Tbsp of oil to the skillet along with the onion and 1/4 tsp salt and cook over medium heat until the onion is softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the broth, water, wine, pasta, and ¼ tsp salt. Increase the heat and cook, stirring often, for 12 minutes. Add the broccoli and continue to simmer until the pasta and broccoli are tender and the liquid has thickened, about 5 minutes longer.
Return the chicken to the skillet to warm through. Off the heat, stir in the Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve, passing additional Parmesan separately.
adapted from The Best Chicken Recipes