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Italian Chicken Tortellini Skillet + RECIPE VIDEO

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This Italian Chicken Tortellini Skillet is an en easy meal made completely in one pot — loaded with roasted red peppers, spinach, tomatoes, herbs and cheese!


italian chicken tortellini skillet in cast iron skillet with wooden spoon scooping pasta

I’ll be the first to admit this isn’t very original.

When I had just started The Recipe Rebel, this would have driven me bonkers. But about 6 months in, my tune changed.

I started to see that those normal, every day recipes were the ones that you actually liked to see. They were recipes you even went to your own kitchens to make.

So I decided that sometimes I’m going to be downright boring.

close up image of italian chicken tortellini skillet in cast iron pan

I’m going to make those classic recipes that we all know and love — sometimes I’ll add a new spin, and sometimes I won’t.

Sometimes I’m going to — wait for it — cook something just because I want to.

This Italian Chicken Tortellini Skillet is one of those recipes.

chicken tortellini on white plate close up with fork in the background

Tortellini isn’t something I buy often (or really ever, for that matter). It’s not that I don’t enjoy tortellini, it’s probably because I enjoy it a little too much, if you know what I mean.

Those delicate, cheese-stuffed pillows of pasta are completely irresistible but not so light on the calorie side of things, so I usually stick to whole grain, whole wheat or high fiber pasta of another sort.

But I passed the frozen aisle in the grocery store a while back and there was a great deal on a 1kg bag of frozen cheese tortellini, and I thought, “what the heck?”

And I just wanted to make something classic, and boring, and seriously delicious but moderately healthy. So I used chicken broth and milk to make my sauce and loaded it up with chicken, tomatoes, spinach and roasted red peppers, and stirred in a just enough cheese because, well — cheese.

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For a vegetarian meal, try swapping the chicken for white beans.

Please note: no real Italians are buying tortellini from the frozen section of my grocery store. This is my interpretation of Italian flavors, and this is my blog so I’m the boss 🙂

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Italian Chicken Tortellini Skillet + RECIPE VIDEO

5 from 4 votes
This Italian Chicken Tortellini Skillet is an en easy meal made completely in one pot — loaded with roasted red peppers, spinach, tomatoes, herbs and cheese!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine American, Italian
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 420cal


  • 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 3 small boneless skinless chicken breasts diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 cup finely chopped spinach
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add thyme, basil, oregano and garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, spinach, roasted red peppers — stir and cook 2-3 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together broth and corn starch. Add to the pan along with the milk and tortellini and cook over medium heat until thickened and tortellini is warmed through — about 4-5 minutes. Stir in cheese.


*You can use fresh tortellini, but you will likely need to cut back on the corn starch as it won’t release the same amount of liquid
*Please note: nutrition information is calculated with My Fitness Pal and is an estimate only.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 420cal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 15g | Fiber: 2g

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  1. Diana says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! Just one question: for the roasted red peppers, does that mean use the ones in a jar or does that mean taking a red bell pepper and sautéing it? Thanks!

  2. Gloria DeMars says

    Made this tonight!! So delicious!! I added mushrooms and onion and my hubby loved it. Thanks!

  3. Brittnee says

    I made this tonight but replaced the chicken with Italian sausage. It was a BIG hit for my family especially my two toddlers!

  4. Diana Jennings says

    A friend made this and it was delicious. I cook large batches of food and then freeze for meals later. Do you think this would be okay to freeze?

  5. Sharon L Young says

    This recipe is awesome. The only thing I added was fresh mushrooms. This recipe is perfect – easy to follow – and fast! I used 4 boneless thighs instead of breasts. It was perfect! Yum yum yum!

  6. Kate says

    There seems to be a lot missing from the recipe…what’s do you do with the milk and cheese and when do you cook the tortellini?

      • Jessica Van Zwol says

        Actually, your recipe is kind of hard to follow for a new chef (I believe your response to Kate was unwarranted).

        Your step of: In a small bowl, whisk together broth and corn starch. Add to the pan with the milk and tortellini and cook over medium heat until thickened and tortellini is warmed through — about 4-5 minutes.

        “Add to the pan with the milk and tortellini” suggests you already told the reader where the milk and tortellini are supposed to be. Are you suggesting to add the broth and corn starch mixture ALONG WITH the milk and tortellini TO the SKILLET (not pan) you mentioned earlier?

        Thanks for considering these edits. This is my first time posting a comment on a food blog (i LOVE to cook/bake!). I just didn’t feel it was fair to leave Kate hanging! 🙂 Happy cooking!

  7. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says

    Those easy, simple meals are the best! We love tortellini here too, but I try not to buy it too often. That’s one of those things that is hard to pass up if it’s on sale though! Need to try this soon, I’m sure the kids would love it!

  8. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says

    Oh my this dish looks amazing! I actually never cooked with tortellini before because I didn’t like cheese (yes I know, I am weird), but now I love cheese. I’m totally making this on soccer nights when we have no time and usually always eat out. This looks like one big comfort dish and I’m craving it! PS nothing boring about it at all!

  9. Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron says

    That’s so funny, I am the same! I thought everything had to be some crazy unique recipe but eventually caved because…it’s what we really eat. I almost never buy tortellini either but LOVE how you’ve turned this into a one pot meal…no more extra pot to wash!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I think back to some of the ridiculous things I posted and just cringe sometimes. Lol! Not that they were bad, but WHO is really going to make them?? It’s not realistic for us!

  10. Izzy @ She Likes Food says

    Most of the time the classics are what I’m looking for! They’re quick, easy and you just keep going back to them over and over again! I haven’t had tortellini in forever but you are reminding me how much I love it!

  11. Liz @ Floating Kitchen says

    Well for what it’s worth, I don’t think this dish is boring at all. But yes, good old fashioned simple recipes are sometimes THE BEST! It’s fun to play around in the kitchen, but also always nice to stick with comforting flavors and dishes. I love this skillet. Anything with tortellini is good in my book!

  12. marcie says

    It’s true — people love the classics. I used to get a little crazy trying to be creative and discovered that’s not what most people are after. I love tortellini for all the reasons you mentioned here, and it’s been too long since I made it. This meal needs to happen — it would be a hit in my house!

  13. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    I love tortellini, but I hardly ever buy it, either! It’s one of those pasta dishes that I always end up eating just a little too much of! This skillet is calling my name…I love the seasonings in here! Sometimes boring is the best, although I wouldn’t consider this boring at all, rather, the perfect comfort dish!

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