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This One Pot Creamy Parmesan Chicken Tortellini is a family friendly meal that’s ready in no time! It’s packed full of golden brown chicken, veggies and tortellini, all in a creamy parmesan sauce.

This one pot chicken with tortellini is a family friendly meal that's ready in no time! It's packed full of golden brown chicken, veggies and tortellini, all in a creamy parmesan sauce.

Hi, it’s Sara from Dinner at the Zoo bringing you a super easy dinner recipe that’s perfect for those hectic weeknights! Chicken and pasta are always a great combination, and in this case I’m using tortellini instead of your standard pasta. This recipe starts with the chicken – you can use chicken breasts or chicken tenders here, simply cut them into 1 inch pieces. The chicken goes into a hot pan and gets cooked to golden brown perfection. Next comes the tortellini and some chicken broth. I use a refrigerated fresh tortellini for this dish, you can choose your favorite flavor. I tend to make this dish with cheese tortellini. The nice thing about tortellini is that they only take a few minutes to cook!

This one pot chicken with tortellini in a pot.

After the tortellini is cooked, I add in some cream and parmesan. The final step is to add in your veggies. I wilt some spinach in the sauce and stir in some fresh tomatoes. Other great veggie options would be kale, drained canned tomatoes or even thawed frozen broccoli. The final touch is a sprinkling of parsley and you’ve got dinner perfection!

Stirring one pot chicken with tortellini.

This chicken with tortellini is perfect as-is or serve with a simple green salad or garlic bread. I love that this is a meal my whole family will eat without complaint, and that there’s only one dish to clean at the end!

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One Pot Chicken with Tortellini

5 from 2 votes
This one pot chicken with tortellini is a family friendly meal that's ready in no time! It's packed full of golden brown chicken, veggies and tortellini, all in a creamy parmesan sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken to the pan and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is browned and just cooked through, 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan; cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Add the butter to the pan and melt; whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the chicken broth and cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Add the tortellini to the pan and bring to a boil; cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure tortellini is coated with liquid.
  • Stir in the cream and parmesan and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan along with the spinach. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
  • Fold in the tomatoes. Sprinkle the parsley over the top and serve.


Calories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 4gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 699mgPotassium: 221mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 848IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Sara Welch

With 3 kids aged 6 and under, meals can feel like feeding time at the zoo! I’m Sara, a foodie turned mom. I traded in elaborate dinners for simple, yet delicious dishes to please the palates of my growing girls, and I blog about my recipe creations over at Dinner at the Zoo.

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  1. I love this recipe! I have made it numerous times, and every time I make it, my husband does a happy dance! My daughter is vegetarian, so I’ve also made this without the chicken and it is still delicious! I use the round frozen cheese ravioli instead of tortellini. I love recipes with heavy cream and butter – these add flavor and a level of comfort! Thank you for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is so good and easy to make! It’s one my picky son requests often, so it’s in regular rotation. Thanks Sarah!

  3. How is it possible this recipe is only 6g Carbs per serving? Every brand of refrigerated tortellini I’ve researched has 30+ carbs per 4-6oz serving.

    1. The nutrition facts are just estimates and will depend greatly on the products and brands that you use to make the recipe.

  4. Creamy Tuscan chicken can you put it back on fb with how much of each ingredients I need please I’m dying to try it thanks or e mail it to me

  5. This was easy to make & tasted amazing. I put in 1/2 c. bacon bits and left out the spinach and cherry tomatoes because I didn’t have any and 30 miles to the nearest grocery store. This work crew sure liked it!!

    1. So glad you liked it! I love your ideas! Let me know how it turns out next time!

      Your Recipe Critic,

  6. I sauteed onions, garlic & fresh mushrooms & added mini baked meatballs instead of chicken. The taste was outstanding!