Italian Chicken, Mushroom, and Zucchini Skillet

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.

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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


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.