Chicken Pasta Primavera

Here is another great meal option for using up some of that bountiful summer produce. The flavors mingle perfectly and the veggies keep that fresh crispiness that just screams summer to me.

I know this probably doesn’t stand out as kid-friendly if you have kids that only eat well-disguised vegetables. But give this one a shot and see what happens. Two of my four were a little hesitant with all the veggies, but they all cleaned their plates.


Chicken Pasta Primavera

  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 lb. carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 lb. squash (yellow and/or zucchini). sliced
  • 1 bunch broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 c. chicken stock
  • 2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 T. freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 t. each black pepper and salt
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 lb. Penne pasta, fully cooked and drained

1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add veggies and cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring often.


2. Add chicken stock, lemon juice and zest and salt and pepper. Bring to a slow boil and simmer for 5-7 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by half. Remove from heat, stir in Parmesan cheese and toss with cooked pasta. Garnish with additional Parmesan before serving.

4 thoughts on “Chicken Pasta Primavera

  1. I just found this recipe and nearly jumped out of my seat with excitement. I have crisper drawer full of fresh veggies from the farmer’s market (zucchini, summer squash, carrots, asparagus, broccoli). THIS is what we are having for dinner tonight. It looks fantastic! I will comment back later and let you know. If it turns ouit as well as yours, I will be sure to blog about it!
    Thanks for sharing all the foodie inspiration.

  2. I didn’t get a chance to get back here, but it was FANTASTIC! So delicious.
    I altered it a bit and make a bit of extra “sauce” with more chicken/veggie stock, garlic powder, gr. black pepper and grated romano/parmesan.
    It made it just a touch creamier w/o adding all kinds of fat.
    Thanks for the fantastic recipe.
    I’m planning this weeks’ meals around your archives, btw.


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