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!
Cuisine American, Italian
Cook Time 20minutes
Basil Chicken Pasta
4ouncesangel hair pastaor pasta of choice*
1small (about 8oz) boneless chicken breastcubed 1 inch
1/4cupdiced onionabout 1/4 medium onion
2clovesgarlicpressed or diced
114-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 1/2teaspoonsdried basilor 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4teaspoonsaltplus more to taste
Fresh basiloptional, 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.
*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.