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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!


  • 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


  • Heat the olive oil in a high walled skillet over medium high heat.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Add the marinara sauce and stir in the cream cheese until combined. Add in the red pepper flakes and bring the sauce to a gentle bubble. 
  • Add the penne. Cover partially and allow it to gently simmer until cooked through. (See package for approximate time frame, usually it’s about 14 minutes.)
  • 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!


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


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