Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Zucchini and Squash

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Every January my husband and I start eating very healthy.  It usually lasts a month or so and then we go back to our normal eating habits but it’s a great way to jump start healthy living in the new year.  So we’ve been trying a whole lot of healthy recipes.   Some have been really good and flavorful, some have not.

Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Zucchini and Squash over rice

This Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Zucchini and Squash was a great weeknight meal because it’s all made in one skillet. It’s ready in under 30 minutes and there aren’t a ton of ingredients.  Served with rice or pasta it makes a complete meal.

As I was cooking this dish my husband kept coming in and looking at it.  I have to admit, it isn’t much to look at.  Based on appearance alone we both thought it was going to be fairly bland and just ok so neither of us were too excited about dinner that night. 

Everything you need to make Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Zucchini and Squash

However, we were both pleasantly surprised when we started eating our dinner.  The fresh lemon juice adds a nice brightness to the dish while the Parmesan cheese adds saltiness and flavor.   The herbs used in the dish help give it a little pizzazz as well.

Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Zucchini and Squash

All and all I was quite happy how this skillet meal turned out and my husband said that he was really surprised that he enjoyed it as well. As I said we served ours with rice but if you are counting carbs you could totally serve it with a salad and it would be filling enough for an entree.

Pro Tips & Substitutions:

  • Looking for an easy vegetarian meal?   Substitute extra firm tofu or plant based chicken in place of the chicken.
  • Don’t like zucchini or squash?   You can use any combination of cauliflower, broccoli, onions, eggplant, or pumpkin.
  • Use real Parmesan cheese not the powdered stuff in a can.  The cheese adds a ton of flavor to this dish and using the powdered cheese just doesn’t do this recipe justice.  
  • Have leftovers?    Re-purpose the chicken and vegetables on top of a flatbread pizza for lunch the next day!

Skillet Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Zucchini and Squash

Yield: serves 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A healthy skillet meal made with chicken, zucchini, and squash, and flavored with fresh lemon, Parmesan, and herbs.


  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless chicken breasts, diced
  • 2 T. butter
  • salt and black pepper
  • 3 T. white wine
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning
  • 2 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. rosemary
  • 1 t. lemon zest
  • 2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise then diced
  • 2 small yellow squash, halved lengthwise then diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 c. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice


  1. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and butter.
  3. Add the chicken and sautee for 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the wine, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, rosemary, lemon zest, zucchini, squash, and garlic cloves. Saute for 6-8 mintues or until the zucchini and squash are soft and cooked.
  5. Remove from heat and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and lemon juice. Toss to coat.
  6. Serve with rice or pasta.


Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 414Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 425mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 57g
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  1. This looks so good!! I didn’t like zucchini growing up, but learned it’s the skin I don’t like. Go figure! Have you tried the golden zucchini? They’re yummy! I have some in the fridge so this is going on the menu!

  2. This is such a great summer meal! I love skillet dinners and ways to enjoy all those summer squash.

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