One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta is the easiest and most incredibly tasty one-pot pasta dish you’ll ever make in 30 minutes.
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped into 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning divided
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 teaspoons minced garlic
16 ounces short pasta noodles such as penne, ziti, or cellentani
30 ounce jar of your favorite marinara sauce
3 cups water
1 1/3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup Italian style breadcrumbs or regular bread crumbs + 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
optional: fresh parsley, basil, or thyme for garnish
In a large pot or deep skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle with olive oil, then add chicken pieces. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning and garlic powder over the chicken. Stir over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. (Chicken will not be completely cooked through at this point) Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.
Add garlic to the pan and saute for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Stir in marinara sauce and water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a high simmer.
Stir in remaining 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, uncooked pasta noodles, and chicken and give it a good stir.
Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes until pasta is tender. Stir in parmesan cheese and half of the mozzarella cheese until melted.
While pasta is cooking, combine butter and breadcrumbs in a bowl and stir to coat.
Top pasta with remaining mozzarella cheese and cover until melted. Sprinkle with breadcrumb, transfer to oven and broil for 1-2 minutes until breadcrumbs are toasted. *If you are not using an oven-safe pot or skillet, you can toast the breadcrumbs in a pan over medium heat, stirring throughout, for 3-4 minutes before sprinkling over pasta.
Garnish with fresh herbs and cracked black pepper if desired and serve.