Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken Zucchini and Squash

07.29.2017

A healthy Chicken recipe! This Skillet Chicken with Zucchini and Squash is a super easy, super flavorful, one pan chicken and veggie recipe everyone in the family will love! It’s a hearty, bright and lemony dinner that makes great leftovers.

Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken Zucchini and Squash

Zesty Chicken with Zucchini and Squash

Chances are if you are growing a garden or live by someone growing a garden then right about now you have a bunch of zucchini and squash you need to use up. This healthy chicken recipe is the perfect use for it!

My brother, sister and mother-in-law all have gardens (I’m failing this year, someday I need to make time a grow a real deal garden. Last year I had one small box garden, I felt pretty cool :)) but they are are all generously sharing so much from their gardens (thank you!).

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My brother was just telling me how quickly the zucchini and squash grow and he said he planted way too many so lucky for me I get a bunch of them too.

This recipe will be a new go-to use for all the summer squash and zucchini for me.

Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken Zucchini and Squash

This recipe is about as easy as it gets! Just some quick dicing for prep, then the chicken cooks in about 6 minutes and you set that aside and in the same skillet saute the zucchini and squash for about 4 minutes.

This is how you do simple weeknight dinners! Just be careful not to overcook the veggies as they will go from perfectly tender to mush in what seems like the blink of an eye.

How To Sear the Chicken

And also before cooking the chicken dab it dry, preferably on both sides, use a hot skillet and try to give the pieces some space so you can get that nice golden brown sear for added flavor. Mmm mmm mmm I just can’t get enough of these buttery-herb and lemony, garlic-parmesan flavors! Make it soon, you’ll be glad you did!

Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken Zucchini and Squash

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Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken Zucchini and Squash

4.94 from 16 votes

This is a super easy, super flavorful, one pan chicken and veggie recipe everyone in the family will love! It's a healthy and hearty, bright and lemony dinner that makes great leftovers.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Chicken Recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 331 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite size pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp butter, divided (or more olive oil)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning, divided
  • 1 tsp garlic powder*, divided
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp lemon zest, plus more for serving
  • 10 oz. (2 small) zucchini, sliced and halved if wider
  • 10 oz. (2 small) yellow squash, sliced and halved if wider
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded parmesan, or more to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Dab chicken dry with paper towels. Season with a fair amount of salt and pepper, 2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, onion powder and lemon zest then toss to coat (I just added the seasonings to the chicken on the cutting board). Melt butter in pan with olive oil then add chicken and cook 3 minutes then flip and cook opposite side until chicken has cooked through (center of larger pieces should register 165 degrees), about 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.

  2. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and squash, then season with salt, 1 tsp Italian seasoning and 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Cook tossing occasionally until just tender, about 4 minutes. 

  3. Return chicken to pan with zucchini and squash. Drizzle in lemon juice and toss. Sprinkle with parmesan and parsley. Serve warm with more parmesan and lemon zest if desired (I served mine over cooked orzo which is delicious).

  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

*1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic may be substituted. Add half of it to the chicken halfway through cooking and add half to the zucchini/squash when added to the skillet.

Nutrition Facts
Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken Zucchini and Squash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 311mg 13%
Potassium 931mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 14.7%
Vitamin C 39.4%
Calcium 11.6%
Iron 9.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

47 comments

  • Wendy: Made it tonight for the second time. Even better this time since I had more lemon zest available. Two minor adjustments: I used fresh garlic and increased the parmesan. It is definitely a keeper! August 30, 2018 at 7:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for commenting Wendy! September 6, 2018 at 11:05am Reply

  • Colleen: Might seem funny but I used moose cutlets in place of the chicken because I had them. It turned out very well.
    Thanks August 21, 2018 at 4:21pm Reply

  • Angela: Thank you, i just made this recipe. Super easy, healthy, with plenty of flavor! My whole family enjoyed it, will be making again.☺ August 5, 2018 at 5:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback! August 7, 2018 at 2:46pm Reply

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