Creamy Italian Chicken Skillet with Spaghetti

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Looking for a new pasta dinner? This creamy Italian chicken skillet is the perfect thing to put over spaghetti. It’s so easy and is made all in one skillet!

This is an easy skillet dinner you need in your life 😍

White skillet on a marble background with Italian chicken and basil

Close up of creamy Italian chicken with tongs and a cream cloth

I love a skillet meal like this. It’s so simple and easy which makes it perfect for a weeknight plus there’s less washing up involved which is pretty much essential for me to enjoy weeknight cooking. 

There’s loads of good ones on the blog already like this skillet vegetable pie and this breakfast skillet with spicy beans but this Italian chicken skillet is one of my all time favourites.

I originally posted it on the blog back in 2017, nearly two years ago, but since then it’s become something of a comfort classic here in The Cook Report household and when Will requested I make it when he got back from Glastonbury last week I decided it was time to take a couple of new photos.

Creamy chicken in a white skillet with basil on a marble background

Close up of chicken in a creamy Italian sauce with olives and basil

Why we love this Italian chicken skillet…

It’s super comforting thanks to the combination of creamy sauce and hearty chicken breasts all served over spaghetti

It’s an easy dinner which comes together in under an hour and makes incredible leftovers

You can easily make this recipe gluten free by serving it with rice or gluten free pasta

Overhead shot of white pot of chicken in tomato sauce with basil on a marble background

White bowl of chicken and spaghetti on a marble background

Creamy chicken skillet ingredients:

Chicken Breasts: I think these work best in this recipe but you could switch for thighs if you prefer, you’ll just need to adjust the cooking time

Spices: Garlic powder, dried oregano and dried thyme all go in to making this chicken dish really flavourful

Mushrooms: I use button mushrooms but white or chestnut would also be delicious

Red Pepper: Thinly sliced and cooked into the sauce for some added sweetness

Chopped Tomatoes

Chicken Stock: Or use vegetable if you prefer

Double Cream: Also known as heavy cream in the US

Green Olives: Sprinkled through for a kick of saltiness at the end


Spaghetti: Cook according to packet instructions and served with the chicken

Overhead shot of Italian sauce with chicken on a beige cloth with a wooden spoon

Close up of chicken in an Italian tomato sauce

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s all made in one skillet. It’s just so easy to make.

You start off by seasoning the chicken and getting it all nicely cooked in the skillet. Once that’s done you set it to one side and get started on your sauce. That’s a simple combo of veggies, tomatoes and cream plus a lovely sprinkling of olives at the end.

Although I suppose you could leave out the olives if you don’t like them. It really adds to the dish though, I promise. Then you just gotta add those chicken breasts back to the skillet, make sure they’re cooked through and serve with a large helping of spaghetti or any other pasta you fancy. Can you think of anything better?

Side on shot of an Italian chicken skillet with basil

White skillet of Italian chicken with basil

Want more? Try these other chicken recipes or one of the ones below!

White skillet on a marble background with Italian chicken and basil

Creamy Italian Chicken Skillet with Spaghetti

Looking for a new pasta dinner? This creamy Italian chicken skillet is the perfect thing to put over spaghetti. It's so easy and is made all in one skillet!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 363kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

For the Chicken

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme

For the Sauce

  • 200 g Mushrooms sliced
  • 1 Red Pepper sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 400g tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 100 ml Chicken Stock
  • 60 ml Double Cream
  • Handful Pitted Green Olives
  • Fresh Basil Leaves to serve
  • Spaghetti to serve


  • Start by sprinkling the chicken breasts with the garlic powder, oregano, thyme and a good helping of salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet and cook the chicken on both sides until browned. Set aside.
  • Heat another drizzle of olive oil and add the garlic, mushrooms and pepper. Cook until softened. Add the remaining dried herbs and some more salt and pepper followed by the chopped tomatoes, chicken stock and cream. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet and continue to cook until the chicken is cooked through. I used a meat thermometer to make sure it was fully cooked. Scatter over the olives. Serve with freshly cooked spaghetti and some fresh basil leaves.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Italian Chicken Skillet with Spaghetti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 165mg55%
Sodium 451mg19%
Potassium 1292mg37%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 1335IU27%
Vitamin C 51.6mg63%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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  • Reply
    29/08/2017 at 12:10 AM

    5 stars
    There can never be enough one skillet meal. And this one sounds perfect for weekday meals.

  • Reply
    29/08/2017 at 12:17 AM

    This chicken looks incredible and I love that it’s pretty simple to prepare! My family loves Italian meals like this, I can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply
    29/08/2017 at 12:51 AM

    5 stars
    This looks amazing! Definitely going to try!

  • Reply
    Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon
    29/08/2017 at 3:32 AM

    5 stars
    I’m always interested in a new pasta dinner! I love the combination of the olives and peppers along with the chicken to give a complete meal. Skillet meals are always great for weeknights.

  • Reply
    Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite
    29/08/2017 at 3:39 AM

    I don’t eat chicken but that sauce sounds amazzzzing. I bet it would be delicious alone over spaghetti!! Love all the flavors you threw in.

  • Reply
    Karl @ Healthy Kreation
    02/09/2017 at 10:41 PM

    5 stars
    Very simple and straightforward recipe to follow. Love the fact that you an do this all in one skillet, making it so much easier to clean up, lol. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Reply
    Meera Patel
    10/06/2020 at 7:13 PM

    5 stars
    Lovely recipe!! Tried this today and it was delish!! But only thing is, recipe says to have green Olives but does not tell you when to add them, so we just had them on top at the end!

    • Reply
      11/06/2020 at 8:23 PM

      Thanks Meera, so glad you enjoyed the recipe! And thank you for pointing that out, I’ve added it in to the recipe 🙂

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