25 Minute Chicken-Parmesan Pasta Toss

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Skillet Chicken Linguine is dinner, simplified. With this simple skillet recipe, it’s ready in 25 minutes!! The combination of cheese, fire roasted tomatoes and zesty Italian dressing gives this dish such a vibrant flavor, it will leave you begging for more!

25 minute chicken parmesan pasta

The best Sundays always began with the promise of a fantastic dinner.  We would wake to the sound of dad in the kitchen preparing the pots and pans. 

A slow morning with oodles of family time would come to an end with mom saying “be home before dinner” as my brother ventured out of the house.  I never did go far, even at a young age I felt most at home in the kitchen.

cooking chicken breasts in skillet

Chief vegetable washer and pot stirrer was most likely my title, as those were my favorite jobs.  I remember sitting at the kitchen table watching my mom grab a pinch of this and a dash of that as she created our Sunday pot roast masterpiece.  Sometimes I would scrunch my brow as I watched her add an ingredient.  I could not imagine why she was adding ‘that’.

making quick chicken parmesan on stove top

Years later, I now know that the most amazing cooks develop insight far beyond that of a child’s imagination.  For exactly that reason, I decided to give this chicken linguine recipe a try. 

With Parmesan Cheese and Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, I knew it would be good, I could only imagine the possibilities that Zesty Italian Dressing would bring.

adding tomatoes to italian skillet meal

Skillet Chicken Linguine

Even with just 10 ingredients, this dish is incredibly dynamic. I grabbed a tasting fork and dove in for the pre-dinner taste test.  The combination of cheese, fire roasted tomatoes and zesty Italian dressing gives this dish such a vibrant flavor, I had to go back for more! 

adding chicken stock to pan with tomatoes

So, I grabbed a saucer and loaded it with chicken and pasta.  As I ate it standing next to the countertop, my 3 year old walks in and busts me!  “Hey mooooommmy!” And dinner is served.

adding spaghetti to chicken parmesan pasta toss

Chicken Linguine is such a versatile recipe.  Using your ‘cook’s insight’, you can create so many variations.  I am going to try swapping the Zesty Italian Dressing for Sun-dried Tomato Dressing.  Then use Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Spicy Red Peppers, oh what a dinner that will be!

chicken parmesan pasta skillet

All in under 30 minutes, Sunday dinner is now a weeknight meal! 

Dinner’s Ready!

With love, from our simple kitchen to yours. 

quick pasta skillet dinner, plated

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25 Minute Skillet Chicken Linguine

Donna Elick
Skillet Chicken Linguine is an easy 25 minute recipe for a scrumptious meal with the flavors of chicken parm made right on your stovetop!!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Method Stovetop
Servings 4


  • 1/2 pound linguine, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 14.5 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic, undrained (I use Hunt's)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing, I use Kraft Zesty Italian
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, or Parmesan/Romano blend
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken and cook 8-10 minutes, flipping once.
  • Stir in tomato paste and garlic powder and continue cooking for another minute.
  • Add tomatoes, dressing, and water and stir to combine.
  • Using tongs or a spaghetti server, transfer pasta from cooking water and place into the skillet. Toss pasta to cover with sauce and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Garnish pasta with cheese and fresh parsley. Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 467cal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 645mg | Sugar: 7g | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published March 2013. Updated and republished January 2017.

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    1. Awww, thanks Candace. I am so happy you love it! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.


  1. Tried this recipe tonight and it was absolutely delicious! Thank you The Slow Roasted Italian- I really love your posts!

  2. Chicken Parmesan is one of our favorite meals to order at a local restaurant we frequent! I may just have to try this at home!! Sounds delicious!! Pinning it!!

  3. Made this tonight with a few changes. Sauted about 1/2 of a sweet onion and a couple of diced garlic pieces along with the chicken before following the rest of the recipe. At the end before the finishing touch of parmesan cheese, I also added a scant teaspoon of red pepper flakes and seasoned lightly with some dried parsley and oregano from last years garden! Was a good recipe! I really liked how the zesty Italian blended so well! Next time, I plan on marinating the chicken before making again. Definitely a keeper recipe! 🙂

  4. I love your recipes! I've tried a few and they have all been so delicious and easy! This one will be tonights dinner. Have told all my friends about you and the amazing recipes you have.

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