Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pasta

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 on a plate with skillet in back. It's easy and so delicious! #pasta #tomatoes #easydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #healthydinner #chicken

Sometimes less is more and this Chicken & Cherry Tomato 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!

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 Dave with an Italian Chef in his own restaurant, as he continued to also cook customer food orders.  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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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CHICKEN & CHERRY TOMATO PASTA

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)

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

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

For the prep…Cut 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

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

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

 

COOK YOUR CHICKEN AND CHERRY TOMATO PASTA   

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

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.

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

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 chicken soup, parmesan, pasta, tomatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chicken

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

Sauce

  • 10 oz 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 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pasta

  • 10 oz Spaghetti Pasta (gluten free or regular)
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Cut chicken into 1 inch by 2 inch pieces and store in fridge.  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.  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

Recipe Notes

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

 

 

 

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a plate with fresh cilantro and a cup of chimichurri. It is roasted Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Most people have had Chimichurri, but how about Chicken Chimichurri Rojo?  It’s a perfect Spring or Summer dish because you can simply grill or broil the chicken then top with this make-ahead cool, fresh, oh-so-delicious Chimichurri Rojo.  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper and combined with the other ingredients, this sauce is cool, tangy, sweet, savory and incredibly full-flavored! 

All of the ingredients get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  With garlic, parsley, cilantro, lime, vinegar, and red pepper, this is one easy sauce that delivers BIG flavor!  This is a perfect recipe for easy Meal Planning as it’s so easy to prep ahead.  Check out my Free video Kickstarting Meal Planning if you want some easy printable tools for meal planning!  

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a pan. It is roasted Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Easy, Healthy, Zippy Get-out-of-a-Chicken-Rut Dinner!

Chicken is great because it’s a lean protein that’s incredibly versatile.  However, if you’re not careful, you can fall into the da..da..daaaaa….

…Same ole Chicken Rut…

Sound familiar?  Well, this Chicken Chimichurri Rojo is an amazing and easy way to get out of the rut!  The Chimichurri Rojo can be made days in advance.  And it completely transforms an otherwise boring plain chicken into a zingy, zippy, magnificently flavored dish!  

AND, it’s healthy with only olive oil, a healthy fat, herbs, and veggies.

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a pan. It is roasted Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CHICKEN CHIMICHURRI ROJO COOKING KIT

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)

Ingredients on counter for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

This is one of those wonderful recipes that you can make mostly ahead by making the Chimichurri Rojo or entirely ahead by grilling or broiling the chicken as well. 

So, let’s start with the Chimichurri!  First zest the entire lime and then cut in half.  Cut the red pepper into medium size chunks.

The Chimichurri Rojo is so easy to make in a mini food processor.  Just add the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice from 1/2 the lime, garlic clove, cilantro leaves, parsley, salt and pepper. Cover and pulse until the herbs have blended enough to make room for the red pepper.

Adding Vinegar to oil in food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Cilantro in food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Parsley in food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Parsley in food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner       

Add the red pepper chunks, then cover the processor and pulse to get it started, then blend until everything is about the same size and the there are no large chunks of garlic.

Finished Chimichurri Rojo food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Last, stir in the lime zest. Store in the fridge until ready to serve and eat!

COOK & FINISH YOUR CHICKEN CHIMICHURRI ROJO 

You can really cook the chicken any way that you want, whether that’s grilled, in a skillet, roasted in the oven, or broiled.  For this recipe, I have broiled the chicken because you can get that yummy charred flavor any time of the year.

Season each side of the chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Place under broiler (High) for 6-7 minutes or until you start to see a black char on the top of the chicken.  Then take them out and flip them.  Put them back under the broiler for another 6-7 minutes.  At this point, they will be nearly done, so check the internal temperature and if you are not yet to 165 F degrees, then cook them for another 10-15 minutes in the oven at 350 F degrees.

Raw Chicken on pan for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Broiled Chicken on pan for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

When the chicken is done cooking, let it rest for about 5 minutes so that the juices soak back into the chicken and it stays moist.

You can serve 1 breast per person, but I like to slice them all on a bias and serve each person 3-4 slices to start. Spoon the Chimichurri Rojo over top (it can be served cold or room temperature).  ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a plate with cup of chimichurri. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a pan. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
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Chicken Chimichurri Rojo

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo is roasted Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  With garlic, parsley, cilantro, lime, vinegar, and red pepper, this is one easy sauce that delivers BIG flavor! #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
Course Main Course
Cuisine Argentinian
Keyword chicken, chicken dinner, dinner, easy dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Calories 433 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chimichurri Rojo

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 cup Italian Parsley, packed
  • 1 cup Fresh Cilantro, packed
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Lime 1/2 juiced, all zested
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes Optional

Chicken

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

Prep Ahead to make the Chimichurri Rojo

  1. Zest the entire lime and then cut in half.  Remove the seeds from the red pepper and chop into chunks.

    Zested lime on plate for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
  2. While the chicken is cooking (see below) or in the days before (up to 5 days in advance), you can prepare your Chimichurri Rojo in a mini food processor.  Just add the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice from 1/2 the lime, garlic clove, parsley, cilantro leaves, salt and pepper.  Cover and pulse until the herbs have blended enough to make room for the red pepper.

    Parsley in food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
  3. Add the red pepper chunks, then cover the processor and pulse to get it started, then blend until everything is about the same size and the there are no large chunks of garlic.  

    Finished Chimichurri Rojo food processor for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
  4. Last, stir in the lime zest.  Store in the fridge until ready to serve and eat!

Broil or Grill the Chicken

  1. Season each side of the chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Place under broiler (High) for 6-7 minutes or until you start to see a black char on the top of the chicken.  Then take them out and flip them.  Put them back under the broiler for another 6-7 minutes.

    Broiled Chicken on pan for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
  2. At this point, they will be nearly done, so check the internal temperature and if you are not yet to 165 F degrees, then cook them for another 10-15 minutes in the oven at 350 F degrees.
  3. When the chicken is done cooking, let it rest for about 5 minutes so that the juices soak back into the chicken and it stays moist.  You can serve 1 breast per person, but I like to slice them all on a bias and serve each person 3-4 slices to start.  Spoon the Chimichurri Rojo over top (it can be served cold or room temperature) and Enjoy!

    Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a plate with cup of chimichurri. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Recipe Notes

While there are only 4 chicken breasts in this recipe, if you slice the chicken, you can easily extend the serving size to 5 or 6 by giving each person 3-4 slices.