Published on: 02/13/2024
chicken and pasta parmigiana with fresh herbs
chicken and pasta parmigiana with fresh herbs


One Love represents the new Bob Marley movie being released today, on Valentine’s Day! 🇯🇲❤️And the one-love reference for this pasta dish is that it is all made in one dish, so you can treat yourself to a quick cleanup❤️, possibly leave time to catch the new flick and enjoy a delicious hearty meal with those you love.❤️ It balances lean protein from the chicken and cheeses, with whole grains from the whole wheat panko bread crumbs and whole wheat pasta. If chicken is not your thing, tofu works well here too.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • Extra virgin olive oil spray my favorite brand: California Olive Ranch®
  • 1 teaspoon + 1 Tablespoon fresh garlic minced
  • ¼ cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 1 pound boneless skinless, thin-sliced chicken breasts, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon each of dried basil dried oregano, dried rosemary, and dried thyme
  • 2 ½ cups vegetable broth low sodium
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes low sodium
  • 8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese reduced fat, shredded
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup chopped fresh herb s: parsley, basil, oregano, thyme


  • Place chicken pieces into a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Place a large iron skillet over medium-high heat. Spray evenly with olive oil spray. Add the teaspoon of garlic and cook for one minute.
  • Add the panko bread crumbs and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes, while stirring.
  • Place bread crumb and garlic mixture into a small bowl and set aside. Wipe the pan with a paper towel to remove any remaining bread crumbs.
  • Place skillet back over medium-high heat and spray evenly with olive oil spray. Add the remaining one tablespoon of minced garlic.
  • While garlic is cooking, mix dried basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme in a small bowl. Add to chicken and stir well to coat. Place chicken in the pan with garlic and stir together. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until chicken is lightly browned.
  • Add the broth, tomatoes, and pasta to the skillet. Bring to a boil and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the pasta is al dente and sauce has thickened, about 15 minutes.
  • While cooking, place the oven rack on the second setting from the top and preheat the oven broiler to high. Once the pasta is cooked through, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Place the skillet on the prepared oven rack and broil until the cheese is bubbling and slightly browned, about one minute.
  • Carefully remove from the oven. Sprinkle with panko and garlic mixture, Parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs. Makes 4 servings.


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