One Pan Garlic Parmesan Chicken & Zucchini

I'd like to preface this post by saying that Brandon asks me to make this for him all. the. time.

Even if he has a different dinner idea. If I bring up parmesan chicken, he's down.

It's a hit...and it's only caused me one minor emotional breakdown! Which is a win for me if you've ever see me try to cook dinner.

Let's just say, you can't really go wrong with the flavors here. It's cheesy, crispy, buttery, tender...all the good adjectives.

And you know what else it is? ONE PAN. One pan dishes have become my new best friend since living on my own because I despise doing the dishes. After I've slaved away in the kitchen making my dinner the last thing I want to do is dishes. The way my kitchen is laid out, my (limited number of) guests would suspect nothing if I just shoved them all to the side....

Just kidding. I (almost) always do my dishes, even though I hate it.

But this recipe makes it sooo much easier for cleanup.

It's also really easy to make this dinner for one, and that's what I've featured here. Depending on how many mouths you have to feed and how hungry they are, you can adjust accordingly.

You also get to eat some delicious zucchini. It's buttery and garlicky...have I sold you yet?

First, you'll cook up the chicken. Make sure the pan is hot enough to create a crispy crust, but not so hot that it burns. It should look like this:

Then goes the zucchini! I like to wipe out the pan a little bit to get rid of some of the burnt butter, but you don't need to wash it completely. Melt the butter, saute some garlic and add the zucchini.

You can toss the chicken back in with the zucchini to warm it up, but mine usually stays pretty warm on the plate since the zucchini doesn't take too long to cook.

And you're done! See? So simple. Yet so good.

Extra points if you can get your significant other to wash the pan for you...though I haven't succeeded there yet. 😉

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One Pan Garlic Parmesan Chicken & Zucchini
An incredible one-pot meal featuring juicy, crispy chicken and buttery zucchini!
  • 1 chicken breast, sliced in half
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon grated parmesan, divided
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
1. Make breading mixture by combining bread crumbs, grated parmesan and flour into a shallow dish. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in another shallow dish.2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter.3. Dip the chicken in the melted butter, and then into the breading mixture making sure all sides are coated. Place in heated skillet.4. Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes, making sure the breading doesn't burn. Cook until the outside is crispy and the chicken is fully cooked. Set aside.5. Slightly wipe out pan, and then melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add garlic and saute for about a minute. Add the zucchini to the pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and saute until tender. Add 1 tablespoon of parmesan if you wish, then add the chicken back in the pan until warm. Serve immediately.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1-2

Recipe adapted from The Recipe Critic.

What's your favorite quick and easy meal to make?

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