Italian Chicken, Mushroom, and Zucchini Skillet

Italian, Main Dish, Poultry | 75 comments

Italian is often my go-to cuisine when I want something easy. There are so many things you can do with tomatoes, olive oil, and your favorite Italian herbs.

This week, Land O’Lakes challenged me to share a one-dish dinner recipe for their new Weeknight Wins Blogger Challenge with Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. I will be posting about easy Weeknight Wins along with four other food bloggers. You can repin your favorite go-to recipe ideas for each challenge from our Pinterest board. Plus, each week there will be a new prize for you to have a chance to win!

Sauté Express® Sauté Starter is a blend of seasoned butter and olive oil that can be used to cook and flavor proteins like chicken, fish, or pork in one easy step. My challenge this week: create a recipe that can be cooked in one pan to highlight this fun, new ingredient.

I settled on an Italian Chicken Skillet Dinner for this challenge. I love skillet dinners because they don’t require a lot of pots and pans to get dinner on the table.

The chicken is browned in the Italian Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter, then smothered in a thick, chunky sauce of mushrooms, zucchini, diced tomatoes, and sundried tomatoes.

This meal comes together quickly and is full of lots of hearty vegetables. Use the vegetables listed in the recipe or substitute what you have on hand. Vegetables like red bell peppers, yellow summer squash, and eggplant would also make good additions or substitutes.

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Italian Chicken, Mushroom, and Zucchini Skillet

Yield: serves 4 - 6

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1 lb. chicken breasts (cut in half) or tenderloins
2 squares Italian Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
12 ounces mushrooms, sliced
2 zucchini, cut in bite-size chunks
2/3 cup sundried tomatoes
2 15-ounce cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (optional)


In a large sauté pan or cast iron skillet, melt the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Pat the chicken dry on both sides. Add the chicken and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until browned. Turn and cook the other side until browned and the chicken is cooked through. While cooking, brush some of the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter on the side of the chicken facing up.

Remove chicken and set aside on a plate. Add the olive oil to the pan. Over medium heat, sauté the onion for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue to sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic, zucchini and sundried tomatoes. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. If using, stir in the balsamic vinegar.

Transfer the chicken back to the pan and spoon some of the sauce and vegetables over top of the chicken. Cook, covered, over the stovetop or in the oven at 350 degrees F until the chicken is heated through and the sauce is bubbling.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of
Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes. All opinions are my own.

Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Caryn E - April 16, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    Italian chicken


    • Joann replied: — June 17th, 2013 @ 9:32 AM

      Where do u find Sauté Express? I have looked at one of our bigger grocery store and they didn’t have any:(. My name is Joann and email is

    • Allanna replied: — February 15th, 2014 @ 6:17 PM

      It’s by the butter

  • 2
    Jeffrey - April 16, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    My favorite one pan recipe is homemade Mac and Cheese, cooked in cast iron on the cooktop and moved to the oven to finish.


  • 3
    Christina - April 16, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    My favorite one pan recipe is chicken santorini. It includes some of my favorite ingredients: chicken, tomato sauce,feta cheese, garlic, and white vinegar.


  • 4
    Amy Tong - April 16, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    My favorite one pan recipe is wild mushroom stir fry with flank steaks. Love this giveaway prize packa nd I can’t wait to try your Italian Chicken Skillet.

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  • 5
    Katie - April 16, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    homemade mac & cheese! I love to experiment with different cheeses and spices to give it different flavor


  • 6
    Lynda - April 16, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    baked spaghetti! lyndagp at gmail dot com


  • 7
    Jackie - April 16, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

    My favorite one pan meal is sloppy joes, plus it’s one of the easiest :)


  • 8
    Amy L - April 16, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    My favorite One Pan Meal is penne with Italian turkey sausage, tomatoes, and zucchini. Topped with grated parmesan, of course :)


  • 9
    Maribeth M - April 16, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    My favorite one pan meal is my own chicken cacciatore. Yum!


  • 10
    Tieghan - April 16, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    This dish looks amazing! You can never go wrong with italian!


  • 11
    Karen Lynch - April 16, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    Company beef stew, just throw all the ingredients in the casserole dish, cook on a very low temp in the oven for 5 hours.


  • 12
    Pamela S - April 16, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    I’d love to try some sort of Mediterranean chicken dish with feta cheese sprinkled on top at the end. YUM! Thanks.


  • 13
    Bethany Henderson - April 17, 2013 @ 3:25 am

    I love to make frittatas! I use what ever is in my fridge!


  • 14
    Natalie S - April 17, 2013 @ 6:30 am

    My favorite one pan wonder is chicken with spinach and pasta skillet!


  • 15
    Amanda L - April 17, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    My favorite one pan meal is a broccoli, spicy turkey sausage pasta dish. It never disappoints.


  • 16
    Lindsay Smith - April 17, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    My favorite one pan meal is beef stefado. Now that I’m thinking about it, I may have to make it tonight!


  • 17
    Michelle - April 17, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    I’d have to say my favorite one-pan meals are usually some kind of stir-fry…


  • 18
    latanya - April 17, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Italian sausage sauteed with onions and green peppers


  • 19
    yas - April 17, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    I would love to try the lemon pepper pork and potatoes!


  • 20
    Susan P. - April 17, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    The recipe above, Italian chicken with zucchini and mushrooms, looks like something my family would love. Tasty and easy to make!


  • 21
    Trina A - April 17, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    I love chili!


  • 22
    jessie hansen - April 17, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    I would make THIS with the saute starter! I will totally be buying some on my next shopping trip.


    • Cindy replied: — July 29th, 2013 @ 3:02 PM

      Where in the grocery store will I find the Saute Starters at ?

      • Katie Goodman

        Katie replied: — July 30th, 2013 @ 7:22 AM

        Near the butter.

  • 23
    Melissa C. - April 17, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    Black bean chili


  • 24
    Rose B - April 17, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    I would make this! It looks incredible, and something my whole family would enjoy.


  • 25
    Meg Negrey - April 17, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    My favorite one pan meal is a butternut squash and black bean enchilada skillet.

    I bet that it would be delicious with the Savory Butter and Olive Oil Saute Express.


  • 26
    Debbie P - April 17, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    Lasagna is my favorite one-pan recipe.


  • 27
    Olivia Hamlin - April 17, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    I like trying out new recipes for tilapia. It’s a very versatile fish and easy to keep on hand in the freezer. I love cilantro, so I would try out something with chili powder, cilantro, lime juice and butter.


  • 28
    Renee Kuzma - April 17, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    My favorite one pot dinner is chicken cacciatore. I would use the Italian Herb Sauté Express and brown my chicken, remove from the pan, cook peppers and onions, add chicken back in, top with spaghetti sauce and simmer until done! Serve with rice. I can’t wait to try it with the Italian Herb Sauté!


  • 29
    malerie c. - April 17, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    mmmmmm, pot roast!


  • 30
    Patricia - April 18, 2013 @ 12:01 am

    I like to make chicken and rice, or jambalaya with smoked sausage.


  • 31
    Holly - April 18, 2013 @ 12:48 am

    My favorite one-pan recipe has basmati rice and chicken that is cooked in coconut milk, ginger, garlic and curry/cayenne.


    • Ellem replied: — July 23rd, 2013 @ 11:21 AM

      Hi Holly, your one-pan recipe sounds amazing!! All my favorites all in one pan, does it get any better than that!!! If you don’t mind I would love to get that recipe from you.

      Thanks and happy cooking!!

    • Tandra replied: — September 11th, 2013 @ 7:47 AM

      Hi Holly or Ellem! Would you mind sharing the one pot recipe for rice, coconut milk, garlic, curry and chicken. Talk about all my faves in one skillet! Yummo!

  • 32
    Susan P. - April 18, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    One of my favorite one pan recipe is what my mother called Hungarian Goulash but is really beefaroni.


  • 33
    April - April 18, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    My favorite one dish meal is taco pasta! So simple, but full of flavor! Can’t wait to try this one!


  • 34
    Lynda M. - April 18, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    My favorite one pan recipe is chicken asparagus stir-fry. Just made it last night!


  • 35
    Christy - April 19, 2013 @ 5:02 am

    Favorite one dish meal is Chicken Cacciatore!


  • 36
    Mona - April 19, 2013 @ 5:31 am

    My favorite one pan recipe is chicken kale pizza bake! Love how it turns out in a cast iron skillet!


  • 37
    Laura C. - April 19, 2013 @ 6:00 am

    I can never cook with one pan, I’ve tried. Even other people’s one pan recipes – they turn into 3 or 4 pans for my. Ask my husband, he’ll agree. Ha!


  • 38
    Laura - April 19, 2013 @ 6:06 am

    My favorite one pan dish is orzo with summer vegetables.


  • 39
    Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair - April 19, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    My favorite one dish is my chunky turkey chili.


  • 40
    Aimee @ Menus and Meals for Moms - April 19, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    My favorite one pan dish is curried chicken with vegetables. Delish!


  • 41
    Emily Ruf - April 19, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    I’d try a lemon pepper Tilapia.


  • 42
    april - April 19, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    Definitely a lemon pepper shrimp pasta.


  • 43
    Deon Sagers - April 19, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    I love to make my Jiffy Jambalaya in my large skillet! One pan to clean up and it is super tasty too! Win, win!


  • 44
    Neiddy Ruiz - April 19, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    I would use the Italian Herb Saute Express next time I make my one-pan Chicken Fillets and vegetable medley


  • 45
    Allison - April 19, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    I would love to make a delicious Pork Shoulder Ragu with Saute Express! Makes me hungry just thinking about it.


  • 46
    Carolyn - April 20, 2013 @ 5:23 am

    This looks so light and fresh, it caught my eye on Foodgawker. Pinning!


  • 47
    Erin - April 20, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    Love the contest items. Favorite one dish meal has to be Chicken Divan.


  • 48
    sydney - April 20, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    I am so making this tonight! Thank you…


  • 49
    Lauren - April 20, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    We love a deconstructed stuffed pepper recipe! so simple and delicious


  • 50
    HJ Witzel - April 20, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    My favorite one pot meal is Skillet Lasagna :-)


  • 51
    Irene D. - April 21, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    I make chicken and rice and like others have said stirfry dishes are usually on the menu.


  • 52
    Liz - April 22, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    Yum this looks delicious. I would definitely make this with the starter kit!


  • 53
    Dina - April 23, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    this is a good healthy recipe!


  • 54
    Hope - April 24, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    I love to make Szechuan stir fry, or Kung Pao Chicken.


  • 55
    Eileen Cuisine - April 25, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    This recipe looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!


  • 56
    Cynthia S - April 27, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    I think I would make some pad see ew with spicy seared salmon bites! What a wonderful product.


  • 57
    Sarah - April 28, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    Mmmm…homemade mac and cheese!


  • 58
    Lisa Moreau - April 29, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    Garlic and Herb melted and mixed with multi-colored small potatoes and a chopped red onion. Bake @ 350 until cooked. Stir every 15 minutes.
    You could also put in heavy duty foil and put on the grill.
    Great side for any meal!!


  • 59
    Rachel - May 08, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    I love making paleo Pad Thai with shirataki noodles. They’re a pre cooked yam noodle, so they’re just a dump and eat low carb “pasta.”


  • 60
    Lindsey - August 09, 2013 @ 6:32 am

    This was a keeper! I’m a huge fan of these land of lakes starter saute sets ….my house smelled amazing! I was drooling! My husband loved this meal, was full on the first plate (never happens!) ….only thing I would change is realizing I’m not a fan of fire roasted tomatoes so I would change the type! But will definitely make it again!


  • 61
    Nancy Griffin - September 17, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    My husband and I have come up with our own unique spin on a homemade hamburger helper recipe. It’s awesome, easy, and ONE DISH!!!


  • 62
    Julie Wills - September 22, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    Can’t find sautee express anywhere!


  • 63
    Kathleen - October 03, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    Sautee express is in dairy section near the butter. I had to ask at the store.


  • 64
    Kath - January 12, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    Beef Stew on a cold winter’s night!


  • 65
    Kelly W - February 17, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    I would make a steak and vegetables stir fry with the teriyaki starter.


  • 66
    Ann - April 15, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

    about how long do you cook it covered or in the oven?


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — April 17th, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

      just until the chicken is cooked through, which will depend on the size of your chicken pieces. I use a meat thermometer to check for this.

  • 67
    Cindi Evans Fornicola - January 06, 2015 @ 10:00 am

    My one skillet meal is apricot chicken !! I love how quick and easy not to mention yummy !!
    Ingredients : chicken ,left over rice , apricot preserves , water ,Basting oil , wegmans pan searing flower !! That’s it ! Cut chicken up into chunks , coat w/ flour , heat a small amount of oil in pan sear chicken , in separate bowl dilute preserves w/ a little water when chicken is almost done pour preserves on the chicken stir and cover or a couple min. Then add left over rice or serve over rice you could add veggies if you want or just have a salad on the side :)
    My 2nd is coconut shrimp also extremely easy and quick !! I love a simple meal with limited ingredients no need to get super complex !! Ingredients : shrimp , wegmans pan searing flower , basting oil , coconut oil , coconut flakes , left over rice .
    Coat shrimp w/ flower , heat up a small amount of both oils add shrimp when it’s almost done add coconut flakes and rice mix well cook for about a min or so put a lid on it and shut off the heat Done !


  • 68
    Ginger Stark - February 12, 2015 @ 12:28 pm

    Skillet lasagna


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