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!

 

 

 

Hungarian Paprika Chicken with Paprika Aioli

Hungarian Paprika Chicken sliced on plate with Paprika Aioli drizzled on top and fork dipping a bite.  The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor.  #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Ready for another Weeknight Quickie with only 5 Ingredients??  Hungarian Paprika Chicken with a Paprika Aioli is perfect!

More daylight means later nights for us, more hours at the park, and later dinners.  When we finally do eat, it has to be QUICK and EASY!  Here I have a quick way to get yummy goulash flavors into a weeknight dinner! This Hungarian Paprika Chicken Marinade gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor.  Drizzle with or dip in the easiest Paprika Aioli for a creamy, irresistible finish!

This chicken recipe is part of my upcoming Collection of 4 Make Ahead Marinated Chicken Recipes in 30 MinutesSign Up for my newsletter to get this emailed to you!  They take just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love them!!

 

Hungarian Paprika Aioli in silver cup with Paprika spilling out of jar on counter for Hungarian Paprika Chicken.  The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Paprika is not just for deviled eggs!

Paprika is made from ground dried peppers that range from sweet to hot.  Not only does it add a beautiful red color and peppery flavor, it has benefits for your health!  Paprika is a great source of antioxidants and can help eye health.  If you go for the hot paprika, then the capsaicin that gives the heat also has anti-inflammatory benefits.

So, don’t wait for that moment you can top potato salad or deviled eggs, put Paprika on EVERYTHING!  Here are some of the great ways to incorporate paprika into food: Sprinkle over avocado toast, mix into cooked quinoa or rice, season raw meats or fish with it, add it to sauces or soups or stews, sprinkle over veggies before grilling, and so much more! 

Ok, let’s get prepping!

Hungarian Paprika Chicken sliced on plate with Cucumber Salad on the side. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

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 HUNGARIAN PAPRIKA CHICKEN

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) 

In a storage bag or storage container, add the oil, water, paprika, minced garlic, and salt. Mix together, then add the raw chicken breasts.

Hungarian Paprika Chicken raw marinating in a bag. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

You can marinade the chicken in the sauce for 1 hour up to 8 hours.  You can also freeze the chicken in the marinade at this point and use it up to 4 months later!

Next up is the Paprika Aioli (I LOVE a good dipping sauce!).  To a small-medium size mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise, minced garlic, and paprika.  This is one instance where you want the garlic really, really minced, so using a garlic press is best or scraping it with a knife to create a paste works too.  Otherwise, you can certainly use a teaspoon of garlic powder, but fresh is definitely better! 

Whisk together until bright orange-red and thoroughly combined. If it’s too thick, you can add a tablespoon of milk or water to thin it out a bit.

Adding paprika to mayonnaise for the Aioli for Hungarian Paprika Chicken. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Adding milk to the Paprika Aioli for Hungarian Paprika Chicken. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Mixing paprika and garlic into mayonnaise for the Aioli for Hungarian Paprika Chicken. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

 

COOK YOUR HUNGARIAN PAPRIKA CHICKEN  

When you’re ready to cook, remove the marinated chicken breasts from the marinade using tongs, saving the marinade to cook.  Add the chicken to a preheated skillet with olive oil.  Cook for 2-3 minutes until the the chicken starts to sear.

Hungarian Paprika Chicken raw cooking in a skillet. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

 Flip the Chicken and sear for another 2-3 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside on a plate.Hungarian Paprika Chicken cooking in a skillet. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Add 1/4 cup water and the remaining marinade then bring to a simmer. Add back the chicken and juices and then cover the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F degrees or the chicken feels firm with a little give.

Aluminum covering skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Uncover, turn off the heat and move the skillet off the hot burner. Let rest for a few minutes.

Then remove the chicken and slice it on a bias in 3/4 inch slices. This should give you about 5-6 slices.

Spoon the sauce from the skillet on top and drizzle with the Paprika Aioli or serve it on the side.  I like to transfer the aioli to a baggie and then snip the corner and squeeze it over.  Then put the remaining in a dipping cup because you will not be able to get enough!

Transferring Paprika Aioli to a baggie for Hungarian Paprika Chicken. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Scissors snipping corner of bag with Paprika Aioli for Hungarian Paprika Chicken. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Drizzling Paprika Aioli over Hungarian Paprika Chicken. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Squeezing Paprika Aioli from a baggie to a silver cup next to Hungarian Paprika Chicken. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Serve with a cucumber salad, rice or veggies. 

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Hungarian Paprika Chicken sliced on plate with Paprika Aioli drizzled on top and fork dipping a bite. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Hungarian Paprika Chicken

If you want a quick way to get those delicious goulash flavors into a weeknight dinner, I have the answer! This Hungarian Paprika Chicken Marinade gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor.  Drizzle with or dip in the easiest Paprika Aioli for a creamy, irresistible finish!  Prepare days or months (in the freezer) ahead!  #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinnerrecipes #dinner #healthydinner #healthyrecipes

Course Main Course
Cuisine Hungarian
Keyword 30 Minute Meal, chicken, chicken dinner, easy dinner, meal prep, paprika
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 16 oz Chicken Breasts 2-8oz breasts
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbls Water
  • 2 tsp Hot Hungarian Paprika You can substitute with Sweet or Regular Paprika
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Salt

Cook and Make Aioli

  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil For cooking chicken
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Hot Hungarian Paprika You can substitute with Sweet or Regular Paprika

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. In a storage bag or storage container, add the oil, water, paprika, minced garlic, and salt. Mix together, then add the raw chicken breasts.You can marinade the chicken in the sauce for 1 hour up to 8 hours. You can also freeze the chicken in marinade at this point and use it up to 4 months later!

    Hungarian Paprika Chicken raw marinating in a bag. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  2. To make the Aioli, add to a small-medium size mixing bowl, the mayonnaise, minced garlic, and paprika.  Whisk together until bright orange-red and thoroughly combined.  If too thick, you can add a tablespoon of milk or water to thin it out a bit.

    Mixing paprika and garlic into mayonnaise for the Aioli for Hungarian Paprika Chicken. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Cook

  1. Preheat a skillet on high, add a tsp of Olive Oil and spread around. Remove the marinated chicken breasts from the marinade using tongs, saving the marinade to cook. Add the chicken breasts to the hot skillet. Sear for 2-3 minutes until the the chicken starts to sear.

    Hungarian Paprika Chicken raw cooking in a skillet. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  2. Add 1/4 cup water and the remaining marinade then bring to a simmer. Add back the chicken and juices and then cover the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F degrees or the chicken feels firm with a little give.  

    Hungarian Paprika Chicken cooking in a skillet. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  3. Uncover, turn off the heat and move the skillet off the hot burner. Let rest for a few minutes. Then remove the chicken and slice it on a bias in 3/4 inch slices. This should give you about 5-6 slices.  Spoon the sauce from the skillet on top and drizzle with the Paprika Aioli or serve it on the side. 

    Drizzling Paprika Aioli over Hungarian Paprika Chicken. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  4. Serve with a cucumber salad, rice or veggies.  Enjoy!

    Hungarian Paprika Chicken sliced on plate with Paprika Aioli drizzled on top and fork dipping a bite. The paprika gives beautiful color and a deep, peppery flavor. #chicken #easychicken #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner