Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken 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 easy Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken Zucchini and Squash 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!). 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, then for the rest of it I have a big list of favorites – like the sauteed squash and zucchini with tomatoes, or the Moroccan Couscous I’m crazy about, or I even love throwing it in cookies cookies and tacos (you can also just check my zucchini archives to see more recipes).

Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken Zucchini and Squash

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. 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


Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken Zucchini and Squash

4.91 from 11 votes
Servings: 4


  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite size pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 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


  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.


  • Heghineh: What a appetizing dish! I need to try and make this soon! Thank you for the recipe. July 29, 2017 at 1:51pm Reply

  • Paige Flamm: This looks amazing! I need it in my life!

    Paige July 30, 2017 at 5:47pm Reply

  • Amy: Should I serve this with rice or pasta or can you recommend a low carb item to serve with this dish? Thanks! August 1, 2017 at 12:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I served it with orzo but you could do cauliflower rice for a low carb alternative. August 1, 2017 at 10:59pm Reply

  • Kay Nguyen: This looks too good to eat! Will have to try it out tonight <3 August 1, 2017 at 1:06pm Reply

  • Cheryl: I made this tonight and it was YUMMY! I changed the recipe a bit – I used the fresh minced garlic and I used a chopped shallot instead of onion powder.
    Also, after dicing the chicken into bite size pieces, I put them into a bowl and added the salt, pepper, 2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1/2 of the fresh minced garlic, fresh minced shallot and lemon zest, tossed it all together and then let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours (I wanted to be able to just throw it all together into the pan when I was ready to cook dinner) – in effect, kind of marinating all of these ingredients with the chicken. And it was easier to just throw it all in the pan together when I was ready to cook it!
    It was delicious! August 4, 2017 at 5:16pm Reply

  • Gregg: Great recipe I made this using Trader Joe’s Zucchini noodles and halved cherry tomatoes. Great for a Summer dinner! August 24, 2017 at 5:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you enjoyed it, sounds great with the zucchini noodles! August 24, 2017 at 10:11pm Reply

  • Heather: This was delicious! One of the best recipes I’ve made. So good. I was raving about it for days. Turned out perfectly. Served it with orzo and green beans. September 4, 2017 at 8:24am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Heather! Thanks for your comment! September 5, 2017 at 12:01pm Reply

      • Heather: So good I made it again! September 24, 2017 at 3:20pm Reply

  • Donna: So flavorful! Was a hit with family. I mistook the orzo for rice, it worked well though. October 7, 2017 at 9:05am Reply

  • Debra: I made two of your recipes this week and both were a hit. I made this chicken dish with your substitution, real garlic and it was fantastic. It’s definitely a keeper. Thank you! October 10, 2017 at 8:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it Debra! October 11, 2017 at 11:56am Reply

  • Kathie: I made this today to take to work for lunches next week and it was great! The only change I made was I added some fresh green beans to help stretch it out. The lemon paired really well with the zucchini & green beans. Thanks! November 12, 2017 at 1:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! Thanks for the review Kathie! November 13, 2017 at 12:24pm Reply

  • Rachel: Yum! I made this last night and we loved the fresh veggies with the hint of lemon taste. I had the leftovers for lunch – even better! December 7, 2017 at 10:44am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Rachel! December 7, 2017 at 3:10pm Reply

  • Matt: Found this recipe trying for an easy chicken. And zucchini recipe. I didn’t measure the spices as much as eyeballs them. The flavor was great, easy to make and the chicken was very juicy.

    I look forward to making it again! January 11, 2018 at 3:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked the chicken Matt! January 17, 2018 at 12:14pm Reply

  • Barb: Delicious! Made it for dinner and reluctant to use lemon zest. My husband said it would not taste good without the lemon zest. Definitely an easy and delicious dinner. January 12, 2018 at 5:44pm Reply

  • Steve G: This was very good. My daughter is gluten and dairy free and it is difficult to find tasty dishes. The lemon juice really makes a difference. I would never have thought using lemon with zucchini. Thank you! January 18, 2018 at 6:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Steve! Glad you enjoyed it! January 23, 2018 at 2:06pm Reply

  • Tanya: I needed something quick, easy and that used chicken and zucchini. I found your recipe and it was perfect! It tasted amazing! This one is definitely going in my meal planning book! January 31, 2018 at 6:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it! Thanks Tanya! February 5, 2018 at 12:22pm Reply

  • Fran: This was an easy, delicious meal! I did add some onion with the veggies – zucchini and yellow squash, and used real garlic. I also tossed the chicken to coat in a bowl with all those ingredients. I also put the parsley and Parmesan cheese on the separate servings. Served over orzo with a green salad – fantastic! February 1, 2018 at 5:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great ideas! So glad you liked it Fran! February 5, 2018 at 12:54pm Reply

  • Tracy clungan: This is delicious and super healthy!!! March 22, 2018 at 6:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it – thanks for leaving a review! March 23, 2018 at 4:08pm Reply

  • Darlene: So good and easy! I added some grape tomatoes with the squash and didn’t have the zest but still delicious! April 18, 2018 at 6:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed Darlene! April 19, 2018 at 1:48pm Reply

  • Amy: Made it for supper tonight, and the whole family loved it! Even my husband, not a big zucchini eater, gave it two thumbs up. Thank you for the great recipe! June 4, 2018 at 6:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback! June 8, 2018 at 11:24am Reply

  • Deb: I made this for dinner tonight .Just delicious .I will make again. June 12, 2018 at 5:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad to hear you liked it Deb :)! June 13, 2018 at 11:52am Reply

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