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One Pot Chicken Penne Pasta with Zucchini

An easy one dish dinner made with chicken tenders, zucchini and mini penne pasta in a homestyle sauce that takes 30 minutes to make
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chicken penne pasta, zucchini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 249kcal
Author Dee


  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh zucchini chopped (about 2 medium zucchini)
  • 1 23- oz jar Ragu Traditional Homestyle Pasta Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups mini penne pasta about 1/2 a pound
  • 1 cup fresh Parmesan cheese shredded
  • Chopped fresh basil and parsley for garnish optional
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Season the tenders with salt and pepper
  • In a large pot, cook the chicken tenders in olive oil until brown on both sides
  • Add the garlic and zucchini, and cook until slightly soft
  • Stir in the pasta sauce, penne pasta, red pepper flakes and water
  • Cover, and cook on high until pasta is cooked
  • Stir once or twice while cooking, break up chicken with spoon, and add more water if needed
  • Remove from heat, top with Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs, if using
  • Serve immediately


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 484mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.8mg