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Basil Chicken Pasta

Basil Chicken Pasta is one of my favorite quick and easy meals. Just simmer basil, chicken, and tomatoes together, serve over the pasta of your choice, sprinkle with Parmesan, and enjoy!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 453kcal
Author Tracy


Basil Chicken Pasta

  • 4 ounces angel hair pasta or pasta of choice*
  • 1 small (about 8oz) boneless chicken breast cubed 1 inch
  • 1/4 cup diced onion about 1/4 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or diced
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil or 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

For Topping

  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil optional, thinly sliced


  • Put a pot of lightly salted water on to boil for your pasta.
  • Spray a medium skillet, with cooking spray, or drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Brown cubed chicken over medium heat, 3 to 5 minutes. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken while it is cooking.
  • Add onions and garlic, and cook until chicken is cooked through and onions begin to turn translucent at the edges, another 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in canned tomatoes (and their juices), basil, and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and saucy, about 6 minutes.
  • Start your pasta, and cook according to package instructions until al dente.* Drain and divide into two bowls.
  • Stir hot sauce into the tomatoes and check the salt level. Add more if needed. Divide the sauce between your two bowls. Top with Parmesan and optional fresh basil.
  • Enjoy!


*If using pasta other than angel hair, you will need to start your pasta earlier in the cooking process if you want everything to finish at the same time. (Or the sauce can sit covered while your pasta finishes cooking. It won't hurt anything.)
Doubling Instructions: If doubling, you may need to add up to 1 to 3 minutes to all cooking times (except pasta) since your pan will be more crowded and food will cook more slowly.


Calories: 453kcal