Creamy Italian Chicken & Pasta Skillet

On the weekdays, I live for one-pot wonders like this! I love just being able to throw it all in one pan, mix up a quick salad for the side, and sit down to dinner without much fuss. Dinner is so much more delicious when you’re not spending it thinking about all the dishes that need to be done!This scrumptious skillet meal, made with Kraft’s delicious Zesty Italian Anything Dressing, was super easy and a huge hit with my hubby. I use this dressing as the base for lots of delicious meals and since I very first learned to cook, it’s been a staple in my kitchen! The dressing is tangy and robust, with fabulous flavor from the vinegar, red peppers, onions and garlic… perfect for easily adding a bit of zest to salads or skillet dishes like this!

Into a pan to sizzle in the dressing goes your chicken, onions, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, artichokes and some seasonings. After bubbling and simmering, toss in cream cheese and give it a good stir. Your favorite pasta goes right in and cooks in the sauce (oh, yeah baby!), and once it’s done just sprinkle with fresh parsley or basil – voila!

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Creamy Italian Chicken & Pasta Skillet

Yield: Serves 4-5

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing

1 lb. (2) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 (8 oz. each) cans tomato sauce

1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained

1 (14.5 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, cubed, softened

2 1/2 cups uncooked whole grain pasta (or 4 cups cooked)

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or basil

Directions:

In a large skillet set to medium-high heat, add dressing. Once hot, add chicken and onions. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent and chicken is mostly cooked.

Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, artichoke hearts, Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer. Stir in cream cheese. Once blended through, stir in uncooked pasta and cover. Continue to simmer, cooking pasta according to package instructions (usually 10 minutes for rotini). The pasta will cook in the sauce.*

Stir in parsley or basil, and serve.

Enjoy!

TIP

You can also add 4 cups cooked pasta to the sauce, stir and serve.

Adapted from Kraft

      

120 Responses to “Creamy Italian Chicken & Pasta Skillet”

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    Avilene Cueto — May 24, 2013 @ 1:49 am

    Hi Georgia!

    This recipe looks delicious, as do all the recipes you post. I will surely have to try it next week. A few days ago I made phyllo tartlets following your recipe for a potluck at work and it was a huge hit! Everyone was raving about it and asked for the recipe so I referred them to your lovely blog.

    I hope you know how much your readers appreciate and admire your work. I have never been disappointed when following one of your recipes, I am just hooked to your blog!

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    Sheila — May 24, 2013 @ 4:55 am

    would love this bracelet!!!!

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    Sheila — May 24, 2013 @ 4:56 am

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 24, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    This is sooo genius! I love the dressing in this skillet meal. I bet it gives it a delish yet unique flavor profile.

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    Joanne — May 24, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    i always dread doing this dishes so the fewer there are, the better! I love all of the flavors in this. Total comfort food!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — May 24, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    I love one pot meals. Less clean you have after dinner, the better. This pasta looks so good. I will definitely be giving this recipe a try soon.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — May 24, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Hey there! Oh my, what a great, easy idea. I’m always looking for new weeknight pasta dishes, and this one looks like a winner Georgia!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — May 24, 2013 @ 7:21 am

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — May 24, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    This is such a fun way to Italian dressing. I would never have thought!

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    Andy — May 24, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    One pot (skillet) wonders rock! I read your site all the time!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 24, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    What a comforting an delicious pasta dish!

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    Sherri — May 24, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    This looks delicious, also very easy and fast so perfect for a quick meal.

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    Sara Burnette — May 24, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    This recipe looks delicious! I would love to win the bracelet!

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    Tieghan — May 24, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    Oh um? I love this! it is so pretty and easy and just awesome!! Love!!

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    Happy Memorial day weekend!

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    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — May 24, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    This looks super delicious!

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    Rocio — May 24, 2013 @ 9:22 am

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    Leslie — May 24, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Thank you for the chance to win this very cool bracelet.

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    Eileen — May 24, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    It’s cold and rainy here today and a dish this this would warm us all up. Looks delish!

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    Lauren @ Rustic Honey — May 24, 2013 @ 9:45 am

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    Amber — May 24, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    This recipe looks super easy and delicious!

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    allison baribault — May 24, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    I am printing this receipe as I type. Gonna make it for the Memorial Day Weekend Bbq here in NYC………Yum

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    tessa liford — May 24, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    This sounds delicious! I am never without a bottle of zesty italian dressing. I love artichokes as well. : )

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — May 24, 2013 @ 11:22 am

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    Chelsea Gates — May 24, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    Looks delicious!! And conveniently times since I’ve been trying to decide on something simple to make for dinner tonight!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — May 24, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    This pasta skillet looks amazing – so creamy and full of goodness!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 24, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    This looks like an awesome comfort dinner! Love the bracelet, too!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 24, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    This looks so tasty, Georgia! A perfect weeknight meal!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — May 24, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    Love one dish meals! This creamy pasta dish sounds amazing!

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    Amanda — May 24, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

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    Dunja — May 24, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it tomorrow!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — May 24, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    Okay, I totally want to cancel any dinner plans I had tonight and make this instead. It looks AWESOME, Georgia! So light and flavorful. I’m obsessed with using salad dressing while cooking to add that extra little kick to dishes.

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    this looks yummy! will have to try!!!

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    Katherine — May 24, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    I just made this pasta dish and it is pretty delicious, however I think next time I will par-boil the pasta for a few minutes so that it doesn’t take as long and so that the sauce doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pan (I didn’t have a non-stick large enough to make this recipe so I made it in my dutch oven…so while waiting for the pasta to cook some of the sauce burned to the bottom. Not enough to effect the flavor though!)

    I added about 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar to cut the acidity. I also used about 1/2 a teaspoon of dried basil in addition to the fresh basil I used at the end.

    Thanks for posting this!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — May 24, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    Oh, girl…you really know how to “do” Italian Chicken & Pasta dishes! And, not only that, but photograph them so beautifully! Seriously, I’m just blown away by your food styling and photography. You really do inspire me! And, wow…such an “easy peasy lemony squeezy” weeknight dinner recipe packed with flavah! Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend, Georgia!

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    Cate — May 24, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

    This pasta looks amazing!!

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    Danielle — May 24, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious, and so easy! I’m going to cook this tomorrow for dinner, so thanks for sharing :)

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    Catharine — May 24, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

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    Diana G — May 24, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    the recipe looks so tasty and simple. yum. thanks for the giveaway too.

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    Sarah — May 24, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    Looks exquisite especially with the cream cheese!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 25, 2013 @ 12:12 am

    This looks fantastic! Definitely adding this to my menu soon! The bracelet is gorg!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — May 25, 2013 @ 12:44 am

    I love skillet meals and they even seem to be easier to wash up after, am I right?

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    Karly — May 25, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    My gosh, the colors in that pasta are just divine. I adore Kraft dressings…nothing better than cold pasta tossed with their Italian dressing!

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    Valeria — May 25, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I always make creamy tomato sauce for my pasta and add in little cubes of mozzarella (we call it Penne al Telefono in Italy because the stringy mozzarella resembles the old telephone wires). I’ll have to try it with chicken to pack that extra protein punch!! Sembra fantastico e delizioso :D

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — May 25, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I seriously love simple one pot meals like this Georgia. It looks wonderful. I’m going to add it to my weeknight meal arsenal :)

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    Love, love, love your recipes!!!! Simple and tasty.

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    Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes — May 25, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Oooh I love this dish. It looks amazing. I love that you used the Kraft dressing to give it some zing.. I bet this was awesome. Great recipe!

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    Urban Wife — May 25, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    This dish sounds fabulous. I’m all about simple weeknight meals too.

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    keira — May 25, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    This sounds super easy! and cheap for college kids on budgets like myself;)

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    Jenny G — May 25, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    What a delicious looking recipe! I think I may just give it a try using some gluten-free pasta. Nothing quite like a delicious comfort meal to warm the soul!

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    Elizabeth — May 25, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    LOVE how delicious this recipe looks and how unique the giveaway is!

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    Kate from Scratch — May 25, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    Looks delicious! subscribed; bracelet or not. Love that photo!

    So happy I dropped by this evening …bracelet is perfect for all outfits…just love the simple elegance of it.

    You never know! Good luck everyone! Super cute!

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    Liz — May 25, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

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    PS…thanks for the kind words of sympathy. It’s been tough.

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    Katrina — May 25, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    Seriously drooling over this recipe! Can’t wait to make it!

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    CCU — May 26, 2013 @ 5:31 am

    Can I please have a huge bite right now? :D

    Cheers
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    Jaclyn — May 26, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    Beautiful photos, so vibrant and I want to reach right in with my fork and devour it all! It looks delicious!

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    karen state — May 26, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    Perfect holiday weekend meal! I’m excited to make this tonight! Cheers!

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    Megan — May 26, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    I came to read this yummy looking recipe and got a bonus giveaway! This is so fun!

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    john@kitchenriffs — May 26, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    Interesting way to use bottled dressing! I really like it. I’m a sucker for anything with pasta, and this really looks terrific – thanks so much!

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    Audie — May 26, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

    I’m making this week for dinner. It looks like the perfect chicken dish. I’ll just add a salad! Thanks for posting!

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    Audie — May 26, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

    Following you on Pinterest! :)

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — May 27, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    This pasta looks so simple and SO delicious! I adore it!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 28, 2013 @ 2:39 am

    One pot meals are much needed in my house! Can’t wait to give this pasta dish a try – Jason would devour this in seconds!

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    Natalie — May 29, 2013 @ 8:01 am

    I’ve followed you on twitter for a few weeks now and I’ve made quite a few of your recipes! Haven’t let me down when it comes to taste, flavor and the time I spend.. Thank you so much!

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    aimee @ like mother like daughter — May 29, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    oh my gosh. This pasta looks like perfection. With the fresh basil and chicken! oh. I want this for lunch! I am adding this to our to cook list!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — May 29, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    I know the awesome giveaway is already over, but I had to pop over and say that this pasta skillet looks SO good. Totally my type of meal!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — May 30, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    Like Amy, I just had to pop over to comment how delish this skillet is. Total yum!

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    OrGreenic — June 10, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    Good post. Allowing you to just throw in the ingredients seems to make skillet meals wonderful. Thanks for posting.

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    aditi — July 17, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    looks delicious!

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    aditi — July 17, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

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    aditi — July 17, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    and following on twitter!

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    and following on pinterest!

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    Katie from Crane Farms — August 27, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    Just made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS! Sharing with my facebook followers!

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    sarah — September 2, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    This was awesome! My kids wouldnt eat it because the pepper flakes made ot too hot for them. I accidentally didnt drain the tomatoes but it still came out great. I didnt care for all the onion so next time I’ll use half an onion. I even added some garlic powder. Great flavors!!

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    Janelle C. — October 23, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    I’m very glad I discovered your blog/website….I enjoy your recipes very much!

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    Andrea S — April 8, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

    This recipe looks amazing!

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    Melissa — May 1, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

    I made this last night and used Olive Garden Light Italian Dressing instead of Kraft because thats what I had in my refrigerator. I also added a little garlic salt as an added seasoning. Note that the pasta takes time to cook but it will eventually cook to perfection. I kept the lid on the whole time to help with the cooking process. At the end I added some fresh mozzarella and it turned out fantastic. Loving this one pot wonder!!!

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