One-Skillet Chicken Pasta with Fennel – Gluten Free

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This Gluten-Free One-Skillet Chicken Pasta with Fennel dinner is an easy weeknight meal with minimal clean-up. The pasta is paired with healthy fennel, and cherry tomatoes baked in a creamiest lemon garlic sauce and finished with gruyere cheese and fresh parsley. Sounds delicious? It is!

FAQs about fennel

3 fennel bulbs in a colander


Q: What does fennel look like?

A: The fennel bulb looks like a base of a bunch of celery.

Q: Is fennel the same as anise?

A: No, fennel and anise are not the same. Fennel is a member of the parsley family, while anise is a member of the mint family. They have a similar flavor, but fennel is sweeter and milder.

Q: How do you use fennel?

A: Fennel can be used in many ways. It can be eaten raw, cooked, or roasted. It can also be used to flavor other dishes.

Q: How does fennel taste?

A: Cooked fennel has a mildly sweet flavor. However, when used raw in salads, it tastes more like anise – a licorice-like flavor.

Is fennel healthy?

Fennel, fennel seeds and fennel tea are often used in Italian and Indian cuisine. This impressive plant has medicinal uses, primarily because of its essential oils.

Fennel and fennel seeds are packed with nutrients and are super low in calories. For example, one cup of sliced fennel has only about 27 calories and 2.7 grams of dietary fibre.

Also, fennel is known for vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium and even some protein. 

To summarize, fennel is highly nutritious and adding fennel to your diet may improve heart health, suppress appetite, reduce inflammation, and even provide anticancer benefits.

To benefit from this impressive plant, include fennel in your diet, such as this chicken penne with fennel, or add raw fennel to your salads, such as this Cabbage and Fennel Citrus Salad or Classic Thai Celery and Fennel Salad. Enjoy!

What is chicken pasta with fennel?

chicken fennel pasta in a skillet


This gluten-free pasta dinner is made with seared chicken, lemon slices, fennel, tomatoes and garlic. 

Once the veggies are seared, add the liquids like chicken broth, milk, fresh lemon juice and pasta. The skillet is then placed in the oven for baking.

Add your favorite cheese and fresh parsley at the end and continue baking for about 15 minutes longer. Done! 

This gluten-free chicken pasta with fennel is a simple weeknight dinner to make. The fennel and fresh lemons add healthiness, so you know your family is eating a healthier chicken pasta meal.

sides for chicken and fennel pasta dinner

This is a gluten-free chicken pasta meal that does not need anything. However, you can add Gluten-Free Cheese and Garlic Flatbread or a light green salad.

Why we love creamy chicken pasta?

There’s something about creamy chicken pasta that hits the spot. It’s rich and comforting yet light enough to enjoy any time of the year.

to summarize,

This One-Skillet Chicken Pasta with Fennel was a success! The dish was flavorful and filling, and the chicken was cooked perfectly. The fennel added another texture and slight sweetness to the pasta. And the gluten-free pasta worked well in this one skillet meal. 

Overall, a quick and easy meal that can be made ahead of time and reheated for a busy weeknight. Enjoy!


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Kristina xx





  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 large bulb fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 GF bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. GF dried thyme leaves
  • 1 cup whole milk or half-and-half
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups GF penne or other short pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded gruyere cheese (you can also use mozzarella)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Himalayan salt and GF ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings; grated Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, chopped fresh parsley or torn fresh basil, fennel fronds
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  • Preheat oven to 400 F
  • Season chicken all over with salt and pepper. Add to the skillet and sear on all sides. About 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet
  • To the same skillet, add lemon slices. Sear the lemons 1 minute per side, then remove from the skillet and set aside
  • To the same skillet, add garlic, fennel, tomatoes, bay leaves and thyme. Cook over medium heat while stirring until the fennel starts to golden. About 3 - 5 minutes.
  • Return chicken and lemon slices to the skillet with chicken broth, milk, lemon juice, pasta and generously season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and stir
  • Cover skillet with a lid or foil and transfer to the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir in cheese and parsley and bake uncovered for 15 more minutes. Enjoy!
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