Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes Pasta

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Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan in a skillet. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Sometimes less is more and this Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes Pasta with Basil, Garlic, and Parmesan Cheese is just that…more, as in you will WANT MORE!  It has a garlic-y backdrop with sweetness from the natural sugars that are released from the cherry tomatoes.  Then you get freshness from the basil, salty and nutty flavors from the Parmesan and a hearty bite from the chicken and pasta!!  It’s simply divine!

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Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan in a skillet.  It's easy and so delicious!  #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Inspired by Italy

Last Summer, Dave and went to Italy to celebrate (albeit a year belated) our 10 year anniversary.

Cooking Class in Italy with chef flipping cherry tomatoes in pan.

It was an amazing trip. One of my most treasured memories is taking a Cooking class with an Italian Chef in his own restaurant.  The Chef didn’t even speak English, so we were forced to speak the language of food lovers. LOL, I’m totally kidding, we had a translator.  But it felt so much more meaningful and authentic knowing it wasn’t just an American transplant teaching us.  Rather, it was a true Italian Chef that was doing what he does each and every day…make exceptional food with few amazing ingredients and a passion and love that took it over the top!

One of the dishes I loved the most started with a basic beautiful ingredient, Cherry Tomatoes. Cooked in a skillet with Olive Oil, they softened and Caramelized until they literally burst with flavor! This was my inspiration for this busy weeknight one-Pot meal recipe, Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta! 

My other favorite recipe inspired by my trip to Italy is my Walnut Sauce Pasta with Ricotta and Spinach.  This one is like no other sauce I have ever had before; a must-try!  Other easy Italian dishes to try are:

Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan on a plate. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

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INGREDIENTS

Grape and Cherry tomatoes on vine for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Let me first talk about these beautiful little tomatoes.  I used to think that using whole cherry or grape tomatoes in a sauce would be too much skin.  But let me tell ya, these little babies are so sweet and delicious and when they soften and burst, the skins just melt into the sauce perfectly.  Either grape or cherry tomatoes will be great in this recipe!

For the pasta, I used a gluten free spaghetti made with corn flour and rice flour as I just think this holds up best to a sauce.  You can certainly try one of the many different gluten free pastas out there made with Quinoa or Chickpea flour and more.  Of course, you can also use traditional wheat flour pasta too!

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR CHICKEN WITH CHERRY TOMATOES

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Honestly, this recipe is so easy, there really isn’t that much to prep in advance. 

I used boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe.  It’s the leanest and quickest cooking.  Cut the chicken into 1 inch by 2 inch pieces. TIP: Use kitchen scissors/shears for really easy cutting.

Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. If you are doing this step in advance, store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

Hand sprinkling seasoning on raw chicken pieces for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Peel and mince 2 cloves of garlic and store in fridge.  Grate parmesan cheese and keep in storage container in fridge.

COOK YOUR CHICKEN WITH CHERRY TOMATOES   

In a large pot of boiling salted water, add a tsp of extra virgin olive oil and cook pasta to al dente. Drain well, but save a cup of the cooking pasta water for later.

Boiling water in pot with oil for pasta for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

For this one-pan recipe, you need a large frying pan or skillet.  I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes on each side. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.Raw chicken pieces cooking in skillet for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Seasoned Chicken pieces cooking in skillet for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

To the same skillet, turn heat to medium and add another tsp of olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, and chicken broth, to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to softened and burst, about 5-7 minutes.Grape or Cherry tomatoes cooking in skillet for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Grape or Cherry tomatoes cooking in skillet for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Add the chicken back to the pan and combine with the tomatoes.

Chicken and Cherry tomatoes cooking in skillet for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Turn off heat and stir in pasta.  Once combined, add the basil, parmesan and 1 tbsp olive oil and give it another toss until well combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper, as needed.Chicken, Pasta, and Cherry tomatoes cooking in skillet for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Skillet with Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.  

RECIPE FAQS

Can I use rotisserie or leftover chicken or turkey in this?

Yes, you can definitely use pre-cooked chicken or leftover turkey in this recipe.  Simply skip Cooking step 2, which is cooking the meat.  Instead of cooking the meat, in the Prep Steps, you will cut the chicken or turkey into cubes or shred it into about 1 inch pieces.  Then season it with a touch of salt, black pepper, and dried oregano, just as the instructions say to do for the raw chicken.  Then in Cooking Step 4, add the chicken or turkey to the pan with the tomatoes and let it warm through for about 3-5 minutes.  Then follow the normal cooking instructions in the recipe after that.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?

Yes, you can use chicken thighs, but I recommend sticking with boneless skinless thighs for easy prep and cooking.  Consider the amount of thighs that you will need as well.  Generally, I estimate 16 ounces or 1 pound of chicken for 4 servings.  That will likely mean 5-6 boneless skinless thighs, depending on their size.  The recipe instructions will be the same for thighs as the breasts.

Can I use other types of tomatoes?

Cherry tomatoes have a fantastically sweet flavor that is different from larger tomatoes.  You can swap with grape tomatoes for the same flavor and experience.  If you don’t have cherry or grape, you can certainly use other tomatoes, but you will need to cut them to bite-size pieces and will want to cook them for only 2-3 minutes.  Any longer, they will start to melt into the sauce and you won’t get that bright burst of flavor.  The next best after cherry or grape tomatoes are plum tomatoes.

Can I use canned tomatoes?

Canned tomatoes are not a substitute for fresh in this recipe.  Of course canned are great and you can certainly use them to create your own pasta dish, but this recipe will not work with them.  Canned whole peeled tomatoes would be the closest thing, but they also include a sauce, so it would be more of a tomato sauce rather than pasta with tomatoes.  My Chicken and Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a great option for canned tomatoes!

Can I add an acid to this recipe, such as lemon?

I did not add any acid to this recipe, but as a last step, you could squeeze a half lemon juice over top for a fresh and bright finish.  I do not recommend adding any white wine vinegar to it.

ENJOY!😍 Carrie

Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan in a skillet. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan in a skillet. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken
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Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta

This EASY Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta has a garlic-y backdrop with sweetness from the natural sugars that are released from the cherry tomatoes.  Then you get freshness from the basil, salty and nutty flavors from the Parmesan and a hearty bite from the chicken and pasta!!  #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cherry tomatoes, chicken recipe, parmesan, pasta, tomatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 512 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 16 ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Pepper

Sauce

  • 10 ounces Cherry Tomatoes (or grape tomatoes)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 1/2 cup Grated parmesan
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pasta

  • 12 ounces Spaghetti Pasta (gluten free or regular)
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Cut chicken into 1 inch by 2 inch pieces (16oz chicken should yield between 20-25 pieces of chicken).  Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. If you are doing this step in advance, store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

    Seasoned raw chicken pieces for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken
  2. Peel and mince 2 cloves of garlic and store in fridge.

  3. Grate parmesan cheese (if needed) and keep in storage container in fridge.

Cook

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, add a tsp of extra virgin olive oil and cook pasta to al dente, about 7-8 minutes. Drain well, but save a cup of the cooking pasta water for later.

    Boiling water in pot with oil for pasta for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes on each side.  Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.

    Seasoned Chicken pieces cooking in skillet for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken
  3. While the chicken is cooking, chiffonade the basil, which is just laying all of the leaves on top of each other, rolling the pile, then thinly slicing.

  4. To the same skillet, turn heat to medium and add another tsp of olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, and chicken broth, to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to softened and burst, about 5-7 minutes.  Add the chicken back to the pan and combine with the tomatoes.

    Grape or Cherry tomatoes cooking in skillet for Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken
  5. Turn off heat and stir in pasta plus 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water (add more if needed to loosen up the pasta).  Once combined, add the basil, parmesan and 1 tbsp olive oil and give it another toss until well combined.  Taste and season with salt and pepper, as needed.

    Skillet with Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with basil.  Enjoy!

    Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta with basil and parmesan in a skillet. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

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Recipe Notes

You can also make this entire dish in advance and simply reheat it when you are ready to eat it!

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes Pasta

  1. 5 stars
    Turned out delicious! I’m a beginner in the kitchen and this was SO easy to make! Thank you so much! The specific instructions were a lifesaver.

    1. Hi Rachel! Thank you so much for letting me know! It really makes me happy that you liked the recipe and found it easy to follow and to make 🙂
      Have a great week and happy cooking!
      Carrie

    1. Hi Shanna, I am so sorry that I missed your comment! I have also updated the recipe as I cannot believe that I failed to mention the reserved pasta water!!! I add 1/2 cup of it when I add the pasta to the Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes to help make it a bit saucier. You can add more if needed to loosen it up. THANK YOU so much for bringing this to my attention.
      Best Wishes,
      Carrie

  2. 5 stars
    It turned out to be delicious.
    I’m thankful for the tips on using pasta water to loosen up the sauce, using chicken broth instead of water for cooking tomatoes and the use of salted oily water to cook the pasta.
    These little things made a huge difference to the overall taste i must say!

  3. 5 stars
    It was delicious.
    I’m thankful for the tips on using pasta water to loosen up the sauce, using chicken broth instead of water for cooking tomatoes and the use of salted oily water to cook the pasta.
    These little things made a huge difference to the overall taste i must say!

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