Caprese Chicken Pasta

In my imagination, I’m one of those ultra-organized super women who uses her Sunday mornings to fold the laundry, prep an entire week’s worth of meals, and do sunrise yoga. In actuality, I use my Sunday mornings for Bloody Marys, then compensate with Caprese Chicken Pasta on Monday nights, while wearing yoga pants, and I’m OK with that.

Caprese Chicken Pasta. An easy chicken mozarella pasta with tomatoes and basil that's ready to go in only 30 minutes!

Pasta and self-acceptance: the makings for a long, happy life.

Caprese Chicken Pasta is fast and easy to prepare, made with simple, wholesome ingredients, and everything I could ask for in a weeknight dinner. It comes together quickly, tastes wonderful reheated for lunch the next day, and is healthy enough to atone for any weekend excesses of the Bloody Mary variety.

Cheesy Caprese Chicken Pasta with Mozzarella cheese and fresh tomatoes. An easy, delicious 30 minute meal. #healthy #glutenfree

30 Minute Caprese Chicken Pasta. A chicken mozarella pasta inspired by the flavors of caprese salad. Our whole family loves this easy chicken pasta recipe!

The inspiration for this chicken mozzarella pasta originated from the grand empress of summer dishes herself, Caprese salad. Bright tomatoes, fragrant basil, and gooey mozzarella cheese unite to form a trifecta of sunny summer flavor. The tomatoes are cooked in olive oil until they burst into an instant “sauce,” which when combined with the melting hunks of mozzarella and a splash of tangy balsamic vinegar, tastes like an escape to the Italian countryside.

To make the Caprese pasta filling and hearty, I added sautéed bites of Just BARE® Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets. I love the fact that the chicken is USDA-certified organic; every fillet is neatly trimmed, comes from the Midwest, and is a quick, convenient way to transform a dish as simple as this Caprese pasta into a satisfying, protein-packed dinner.

My favorite of all easy chicken pasta recipes- Caprese Chicken Pasta

If you are interested, you can read more about the Just BARE organic line here, including information about how Just BARE chickens are raised and the importance of your satisfaction with each product. As my third helping of this Caprese Chicken Pasta would testify, I am very, very satisfied.

Caprese Chicken Pasta. The perfect 30 minute meal! Our whole family loves this fresh take on chicken mozzarella pasta

No matter your Sunday style, it’s elating to know that in less than 30 minutes, you can end any day with a simple, scrumptious plate of Caprese Chicken Pasta.

Caprese Chicken Pasta. Ready in only 30 minutes and healthy too! My favorite of all easy chicken and pasta recipes!

Yoga pants welcome, actual yoga optional.

Caprese Chicken Pasta

Yield: 4 servings
Total Time:
30 mins
A chicken mozzarella pasta with juicy tomatoes, basil, and balsamic, Caprese Chicken Pasta is a healthy family favorite and ready in less than 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole grain pasta — any shape you like (I used rotini)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil — divided, plus additional for the pasta
  • 1 1/4 pounds Just BARE Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets — cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt — divided, plus additional for cooking the pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper — divided
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes — or grape tomatoes, halved if large
  • 3 garlic cloves — minced
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups roughly chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves — sliced into thin strips
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese — cut into cubes

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente according to package instructions. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking liquid, then drain the pasta. Toss the pasta with a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over high in a large, deep skillet. Add the chicken, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate, then carefully wipe the pan with a paper towel, being careful not to burn your fingers.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the tomatoes, garlic, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Let cook 1 minute, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 to 7 minutes more, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften and wrinkle. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook 30 seconds.
  4. To the skillet, add the drained pasta, reserved chicken, and spinach and let cook just until the spinach begins to wilt. If the pasta seems too dry, add a bit of the reserved pasta water. Remove from heat and stir in the basil and mozzarella. Serve immediately.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Caprese Chicken Pasta, Healthy Pasta Dinner Recipe

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About Erin Clarke

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27 comments

  1. This creamy, cheese-y goodness is making its way to next week’s menu. There’s nothing better than a one pot meal during the busy work week. 

  2. Sounds amazing!! I will have to make this next week!

  3. I love the simplicity of this meal! Gorgeous pics, my friend!! 

  4. I’m more of the lounging in yoga-pants Sunday-er as well, so this recipe looks juuuust fantastic for my lazy self — not to mention INCREDIBLY delish! Thanks for another fantastic, quick dinner idea, Erin!

  5. Yum, I love that you used chicken in here.  What a perfect summer salad and I’m loving the addition of protein (not to mention how easy it is!)

  6. How did you know!? LOL. It’s my absolute favorite!!! Warm or cold, it’s so good!!!

  7. This is a great complete meal! And so simple too.

  8. Erin, love your first line!!! hahhaa. .  “I’m one of those ultra-organized super women who uses her Sunday mornings to fold the laundry, prep an entire week’s worth of meals, and do sunrise yoga.” These women are not real and do not exist!! :P I’m happy in my yoga pants and gimme the chocolate and wine. :P LOVE this caprese chicken pasta!!! making this!!! and will check out that chicken! 

  9. Caprese anything is one of my very favorite parts about summer! This looks fantastic!

    haha I definitely wear yoga pants more often than I should … and don’t do actual yoga nearly enough!

  10. I want the whole pan. Let’s hang out in yoga pants and eat this together.

  11. This sounds absolutely delicious.  I will probably try to figure out how to do it in my electric skillet for when that’s my kitchen (I love it when I can do a whole meal in my electric skillet).

  12. I am so hungry after see those pictures. I think its too tasty to eating than looking those pictures. I will take this taste very soon. 

  13. Caprese is the best! Love the melty mozz on this pasta :)

  14. Your intros are always ridiculously on point. You find this way to not take things too seriously while being witty and real at the same time. I loves it. And I loves this pasta.

  15. I made caprese chicken last week – yours looks BEAUTIFUL.
    Skip the noodles and toss in some zucchini zoodles when you toss in the spinach instead!  Great lower carb dinner!  Or serve in a half a spaghetti squash.  That way, you don’t feel *as*guilty skipping the yoga.  

  16. Tried this tonight, with slight modification.  Starting with the fact that I had to use dried basil because my fresh went bad.  I also put in a whole 5 oz. bag of spinach and chose (at least for this time) to double the cheese.  It is a very tasty dish.  Thank you for sharing it.

  17. Absolutely delicious! I actually used leftover chicken fajita with lots of peppers & onions… turned out great! Thank you :)

  18. I just made this caprese chicken pasta using tri- colour vegetable pasta and it was so delicious. Fragrant, healthy and so easy to to make. This recipe is a keeper for guests. I am wondering if you have any idea the caloric value?  Worth every scrumptious bite but I would like to add it to my fitness pal.  Thanks again for sharing!

    • Great question! Regarding nutritional info, this is something that I’ve actually started adding to all of my new recipes, effective January 2016 (you’ll see it in the recipe box at the bottom). Unfortunately, it’s pretty time consuming, so I’m unable to go back and add it to past recipes. If you’d like the nutritional info for any of my older recipes (or really any other recipe or food), you can actually calculate it yourself for free at myfitnesspal.com (this is how I calculate the new recipes on my blog). I’m sorry I can’t give you the information for the exact recipe you requested, but I hope that My Fitness Pal will be a helpful resource for you.

  19. Hayley Schroeder Reply

    Does this recipe work without the vinegar?

  20. New to your site, just discovered you on Instagram yesterday :)  I saw the picture of the Caprese Chicken and bought all the ingredients today …. I just finished making it & had to come sit down and write to you!  It’s delicious!!!  I love the choice of balsamic vinegar in this recipe..and the fresh basil!  A fantastic recipe Erin!  Looking forward to all your future posts/recipes.  :)

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