As someone who lacks self control around her spice cabinet, this 5 Ingredient Chicken Feta Pasta felt radically unsound. Surely, an easy chicken pasta recipe that’s made in ONE pan with only FIVE things I already had in my pantry couldn’t possibly have great flavor, pleasing texture, and be a dish that my husband would request on repeat?

ONE PAN Feta Chicken Pasta Skillet – Only 5 ingredients! Everything cooks in one pan, including the pasta. EASY, delicious, and ready in less than 30 minutes! @wellplated

I should restrain myself to five ingredients more often. Not only did this chicken feta pasta taste outstanding, it was ready in 30 minutes and made fantastic leftovers too!

ONE PAN Feta Chicken Pasta Skillet — My go to weeknight meal! Just 5 INGREDIENTS, healthy, and our whole family loves it. @wellplated

About This Simple Chicken Feta Pasta

The wizard behind this five-ingredient magic is friend and fellow blogger Phi. Her cookbook Five Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook for Busy People is officially on shelves, and I could not be more proud of her.

ONE PAN Feta Chicken Pasta — Only FIVE ingredients! An easy, healthy meal your whole family will love. This is our go-to weeknight meal! @wellplated

Phi lives in Milwaukee and was one of the first people to welcome me to the city nearly two years ago. Since before I met her, Phi had a dream to write a cookbook, and it’s been incredibly inspiring to watch her make those dreams come true.

A few weeks ago, she hosted a book launch party in downtown Milwaukee, and it was PACKED. On the menu: nine different recipes from her book, and, folks, let me tell you: we all need to restrain ourselves to five ingredients more often. Every single one was outstanding!

One Pan Feta Chicken Pasta — Easy and delicious! Everything cooks in one skillet, including the pasta! @wellplated

When I was paging through the book to find a recipe to share with you here, what caught my eye about this chicken feta pasta (aside from the fact that it looked delicious), was the little blurb Phi included above the recipe. This dish is the first meal she cooked for her husband Nick, and is still one of his all-time favorites. If Phi’s taste-tester #1 approved, I knew we would too.

And we DEFINITELY approved.

How to Store and Reheat This Dish

  • To Store. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Reheat gently in the microwave with a light splash of water, chicken stock, or tomato pasta sauce to keep from drying out.

More Easy Pasta Recipes

ONE PAN Feta Chicken Pasta — Just FIVE ingredients! Everything cooks in one pan, including the pasta! @wellplated

The only changes to the recipe I made were to use whole wheat pasta noodles, and sprinkle a little fresh basil I had sitting on my counter over the top. This dish is creamy, healthy, and ready-to-go in a snap. What more could I wish for?

ONE PAN Feta Chicken Pasta Skillet – Only 5 ingredients! Everything cooks in one pan, including the pasta. EASY, delicious, and ready in less than 30 minutes! @wellplated

5 Ingredient Chicken Feta Pasta

4.47 from 13 votes
One-Pan Feta Chicken Pasta. Only 5 ingredients! Everything cooks in one pan, including the pasta. EASY, delicious recipe and a crowd-pleaser.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 35 mins

Servings: 4 –6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless breasts, split in half
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano (14.5-ounce cans)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound whole wheat fettuccini pasta or substitute another long, straight pasta such as spaghetti
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat feta cheese divided
  • Finely chopped fresh basil optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven with a lid, heat the olive oil over high for 1 minute, then add the chicken breast halves. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and the black pepper. Cook the chicken on one side for 8 minutes, moving it around in the pan a little to prevent sticking, but not too much, so that a nice crust will form. Lower the heat as needed if the chicken seems to be cooking too quickly. Flip, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, then cook for 5 additional minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and water. Stir in the pasta and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Cover and let cook an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, stir, then add three-quarters of the feta. Stir once more, then let cook uncovered for 5 additional minutes. Serve warm, sprinkled with the remaining feta cheese and fresh basil.

Notes

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat gently in the microwave with a light splash of water, chicken stock, or tomato pasta sauce to keep from drying out.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 5)Calories: 390kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 19gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 531mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6g

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  1. I don’t have diced canned tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano But I have tomato sauce & tomato paste and the seasoning separately.. would this still turn out okay?
    If so how much garlic , basil and oregano should I use?

    1. Hi Hamlet! While I haven’t tried it myself, another reader has done this with success. She added about 2 teaspoons total of garlic and the herbs. I think you could certainly adjust the amount to suit your tastes. I hope this helps and that you enjoy the recipe!

  2. Made this recipe exactly as written. Didn’t turn out too well. The pasta was stuck together in a gelatinous mass and ruined the whole thing. Kinda tasted like wallpaper paste—or what I imagine wallpaper paste would taste like. Maybe less pasta, or more liquid or cook the pasta separately and add to the chicken and sauce? Not sure, but I think I’ll pass on this one.1 star

    1. I’m sorry that this didn’t turn out as you hoped, Sue. It’s so hard to say what might’ve happened without being in the kitchen with you. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed the recipe, so I truly wish you would’ve too!

  3. I made this the other day for a family lunch, I marinated the chicken with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning for about two hours before cooking.
    I didn’t have the diced tomatoes so I used cherry tomatoes but I did have some lovely tomato paste which seemed to work well. But this recipe is so easy and delicious to make, I absolutely loved it!5 stars

  4. We liked this a lot.
    It was time for dinner and the chicken breasts were frozen, so I substituted some chicken fajita meat that I had. I browned it in the skillet. I just had Penne pasta, so I boiled it in a separate pan and added it. That meant I did not add the water to the recipe. I had a can of ripe olives and added them.
    I truly believe the cans of tomatoes with the spices are the great secret to this recipe. We’ll make it again! Very good!5 stars

  5. I don’t have a Dutch Oven but do have a large deep skillet that looks like a wok with lid. Will this work?

    1. Hi John! Any large pot with a lid should work! Hope that helps! Let me know if you try it!

  6. This was delish! I have to admit I changed a couple things. I added chopped yellow bell pepper and onion after chicken was cooked. Then added the can tomatoes and half my feta. Left covered on low while I cooked the pasta. Added pasta and about 1 cup of pasta water to chicken mixture. Added rest of feta (used a total of a 6 oz package of sun-dried tomato basil flavor) SO yummy! Thanks for the recipe!! A new favorite!5 stars

  7. Loved this recipe! I used lentil pasta spirals and at the end threw in some cooked mushrooms halved and a big handful of baby spinach as i didnt have fresh basil … so tasty!! Will definitely be making again… I did use more liquid than stated (although i used home made chicken stock instead of water)5 stars

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