Easy Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta! A quick weeknight pasta dish that requires only simple and fresh ingredients. It comes together in just 30 minutes, but tastes like it has been cooking all evening. The family will love this!
The Must Have Staple Ingredients to Pull off this Easy Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta:
Barilla – Buy a great quality brand such as this. Quality is key! For this particular recipe, I use Farfalle which is a smaller pasta that will match the other bite sized ingredients in the dish perfectly. Plus, it pairs quite well with the light tomato basil sauce.
Sweet Tomatoes – Use only fresh tomatoes here, because canned will not suffice. Each sweet, mini colorful tomato has a different flavor, and will add so much dimension to the pasta.
Capers & Artichoke Hearts – Capers will add that salty, briny bite. And artichokes beef up the pasta as a whole.
Chicken Broth – Low sodium chicken broth is essential and is needed for two reasons. First, lower sodium broth allows you to control the amount of salt that is going into the dish. Second, it will provide the basis for a good sauce.
Basil & Lime – Fresh herbs and citrus always amp up a dish, and will provide tremendous amounts of great flavor.
Parmigiano Reggiano – Who doesn’t need some good, high-quality cheese in their lives? Enough said!
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Chicken: Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. On medium-high heat, brown the chicken on both sides; about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover with tin foil.
Add the veggies: To the pan add the tomatoes, artichoke hearts, garlic, capers, caper juice and salt and pepper to taste and stir until well combined. Cook about 3 minutes or until the tomatoes have softened a bit.
Pasta: Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water before adding the pasta. Cook the pasta to almost al dente (about 2-3 minutes underdone).
Make the sauce: Once tomatoes are softened, deglaze the pan with the chicken broth; making sure to scrape up all the browned bits. Once the tomato mixture comes to a boil, stir in the lime juice and basil and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Cook for about 8-10 minutes while the pasta cooks.
Put it together: Drain the pasta and add the pasta and chicken back into the tomato mixture. Stir everything until it’s well combined; cooking about 2-3 more minutes.
Garnish: Remove from heat. Add Parmigiano Reggiano flecks and more basil. Serve immediately.
Chicken Breasts: Right before adding to the pasta, dice the breasts into bite sized pieces or you can leave whole.
Tomatoes: These are the mini, multi-colored tomatoes.
Basil: I like to use a lot, but I just eyeball it. I would add at least 1/3 cup chopped and then go from there.
Parmigiano Reggiano: Shave little flecks off with a sharp knife (moving the knife away from you).
Keywords: Basil, Chicken Recipes, High Fiber, Italian, Low-Fat, Main Dish, Pasta Recipes, Quick & Easy, Tomato