One Pot Chicken Mozzarella Pasta

This one pot mozzarella chicken pasta recipe takes just 30 minutes to make! The hint of creaminess in the marinara sauce really takes this easy dinner recipe to the next level!

Don’t forget a side of CHEESY Homemade Garlic Bread!

Who doesn’t love a good one pot recipe? Especially when you can whip it up in 30 minutes or less!

I highly recommend using Rao’s Marinara Sauce for homemade pasta recipes. It’s worth the extra couple of bucks, I promise.

Reheating Leftover Pasta

I always have the best luck reheating refrigerated pasta in my dutch oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. The dutch oven conducts the heat so well that it almost tastes as good as if you just made it fresh! It’s worth the dirty dish for the end result, the flavor and texting is much better than microwaving.

Storing Leftover Pasta

This pasta is best if eaten within 3 days of refrigeration.

Best Pastas for This Meal

Thick, tube-shaped pasta is best with this meal as it holds onto the sauce the best. Penne, Ziti, and Rigatoni are all great options!

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4.15 from 14 votes
Servings: 4 servings
One Pot Chicken Mozzarella Pasta
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
 
Author: Stephanie
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Mozzarella Pasta, kid-friendly recipe, weeknight dinner recipe

This one pot mozzarella chicken pasta recipe takes just 30 minutes to make! The hint of creaminess in the marinara sauce really takes this easy dinner recipe to the next level!

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. penne
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into cubes
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 25 oz. marinara sauce
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese at room temperature
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella cut into cubes
  • 12 basil leaves chiffonade
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a high walled skillet over medium high heat.

  2. Add the chicken and let it cook, undisturbed, for 5 minutes to allow the first side to brown. Flip them to the other side and continue to cook until golden brown on both sides. Set the chicken aside.
  3. Add the chicken broth to the pan, scraping up any brown bits of chicken from the bottom. This will flavor the sauce. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. 

  4. Add the marinara sauce and stir in the cream cheese until combined. Add in the red pepper flakes and bring the sauce to a bubble. 

  5. Add the penne and continue to boil until al dente (see package for exact timeframe, usually it’s about 14 minutes.)
  6. Add the cooked chicken and mozzarella to the pasta dish and stir gently until the mozzarella is warm and melted. Top with the finely cut basil leaves, and serve!

Recipe Notes

Don't forget a side of CHEESY Homemade Garlic Bread!

Nutrition Information
Calories: 831, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 101mg, Sodium: 1744mg, Potassium: 1188mg, Carbohydrates: 97g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 11g, Protein: 43g, Vitamin A: 1560%, Vitamin C: 20%, Calcium: 363%, Iron: 4%

This one pot mozzarella pasta is loaded with diced chicken, pasta, and melted mozzarella, and is covered in a creamy marinara sauce and topped with fresh basil. All prepared in a single pot in 30 minutes flat! |The Cozy Cook| #pasta #Italian #mozzarella #dinner #onepot #comfortfood #chicken

This one pot mozzarella pasta is loaded with diced chicken, pasta, and melted mozzarella, and is covered in a creamy marinara sauce and topped with fresh basil. All prepared in a single pot in 30 minutes flat! |The Cozy Cook| #pasta #Itali