Simple Chicken and Tomatoes Skillet

Here it is! Skillet Chicken and Tomatoes. It’s a super-simple, one-pan, 30-minute ditty, guaranteed to spark a summer love song in your kitchen. I posted a sneak peek of it to my Instagram story last week and immediately received a flurry of messages requesting the recipe. You must adore fresh tomatoes and easy, delicious meals as much as I do. I knew we were virtual friends for a reason!

Easy, flavor-packed ONE POT skillet chicken and tomatoes dinner! Chicken breasts cooked with garlic, bursting fresh tomatoes, and capers. Simple, healthy, and ready 30 minutes or less. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

When Instagram stories first rolled out, my immediate reaction was “SRSLY?” I’m supposed to record and share live, unfiltered, in-the-moment videos of my actual life that anyone can watch? Scary!

Hey, Mom: Instagram stories is that row of little round profile pictures at the very top of your Instagram feed. Click on any one of them to watch and be careful. It’s addictive! (Here’s mine. You’ll need to be using the Instagram app on your phone or tablet to see it.)

Although I’ve grown to love Instagram stories for reasons I will share, I do still have some hesitations around them, all of which are based on my own insecurity.

While the writing and emotions I express in blog posts are absolutely sincere, they capture an edited moment in time.

My blog life, in some ways, looks like pretty food photos and carefully crafted sentences.

My real life, 99% of the time, looks like messy hair buns and an even messier kitchen.

What if no one watches this,” demands the small, doubting voice inside of my head.

Or worse, “Your life is not cool enough to Instagram.”

Well guess what, small, doubting voice.

Easy, healthy ONE POT Chicken and Tomatoes with Garlic and Capers. BURSTING with flavor and ready in 30 minutes! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

People DO watch, and they happen to have great recipe feedback too!

Rather than making me feel uncool (I mean, I am uncool, but I’m hoping it’s in a self-aware, I’m-using-the-Instagram-nerd-glasses-filter-on-purpose sort of way), Instagram stories has actually become one of my favorite ways to connect with you. I still cherish comments and emails, so please don’t stop. At the same time, however, I’ve learned to appreciate the in the moment, unpolished intimacy of Instagram stories.

I also really appreciate when you help me decide which recipe to post next!

Case in point: Skillet Chicken and Tomatoes.

Healthy ONE PAN Chicken and Tomatoes. Juicy chicken breasts cooked with garlic and bursting fresh tomatoes. Easy and delicious! {gluten free, dairy free} Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

I often post behind-the-scenes shots of the different recipes I’m testing, and I love seeing your reactions. Of all of the recipes I’ve posted to my story in the last few weeks, today’s simple combination chicken and fresh tomatoes received the most requests.

Don’t let the basic ingredient list or small number of steps in the recipe fool you. This one-pan wonder hits every note on the flavor bar.

Simple ONE PAN chicken and tomatoes skillet dinner. Healthy, easy, and flavor PACKED. Gluten free, dairy free, and ready in 30 minutes! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

The chicken is moist and juicy, a handful of capers and splash of red wine vinegar provide acidity and pop, garlic and parsley add freshness, and a small drizzle of honey adds just the right amount of sweetness to balance the dish and help the tomatoes caramelize.

And oh, the tomatoes! They are my very favorite part.

Fresh tomatoes in all sizes, colors, and shapes are one of summer’s most precious gifts. I could not imagine a better way to celebrate them and land dinner on the table in a timely fashion than with today’s Garlic Chicken and Tomatoes.

I used a tri-color selection of cherry and grape tomatoes, but feel free to swap whatever looks best at the store or is most ripe from your garden.

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Simple Chicken and Tomatoes Skillet with Garlic and Capers

Easy, flavor-packed ONE PAN chicken and tomatoes skillet dinner. Chicken breasts cooked with garlic and burst fresh tomatoes. A healthy, 30-minute meal!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 small or 3 medium breasts)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 4 cups grape or other assorted tomatoes (or diced plum tomatoes), halved
  • 1/4 cup drained capers
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. Lightly pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness. Sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high. Once hot, add the chicken breasts, top-side down, and let cook undisturbed for 4 minutes, until lightly browned. Flip and cook an additional 4 minutes. Turn again and continue cooking 3 to 5 additional minutes, flipping every few minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. The total cooking time will vary depending upon the thickness of your chicken. Remove to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  2. Without wiping the pan, reduce the skillet heat to medium. Add the remaining tablespoon olive oil, swirl to coat the pan, then add the red onion and let cook until slightly softened, about 3 minutes, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pan as it cooks. Add the garlic and let cook 30 seconds until fragrant, then add the tomatoes, capers, red wine vinegar, honey, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Let cook until the tomatoes begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.
All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (of 4), 1 chicken breast + about 1/3 cup tomato mixture

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 224 Calories
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 69mg
  • Sodium: 588mg
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 29g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

30 comments

  1. Saralee Czajkowski Reply

    Thanks for posting after our “flurry”. Cuz it’s been so hot, I much prefer one skillet meals!! Making tonite!

  2. This looks so good and a very sensible thing to make on a hot night – and the one pot plan is a big seller! Even though most of us have AC in our homes, this just makes sense to not heat up the house. Anything with tomatoes gets my vote…our heirlooms in the garden are loaded with blossoms and there’s also a bunch of tomatoes already on the vines. Our parsley and basil are growing wonderfully – love fresh parsley on just about anything. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Chris, I agree with you on the tomatoes! It sounds like you have a beautiful garden going. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

  3. I love Instagram stories, too – a rare glimpse into the person behind the food! Thanks for sharing this recipe – looks delicious and so pretty!

  4. Such awesome flavors here! Perfect weeknight dinner idea!

  5. Great weeknight dinner and I love that skillet!

  6. I think I saw that IG story and drooled on my phone. ;-)
    LOVE that one PAN PERFECTION!

  7. Perfect meal! Can’t wait to try it!

  8. I was totally against IG stories too, but now I love them. It’s so fun to see inside peoples kitchens! This skillet looks so good. Chicken and tomatoes are a match made in heaven!

  9. Skillet meals are the best and easy as this is a huge bonus ;)

  10. What a gorgeous one pot meal! I love how colorful it is!

  11. hey girl- this looks so yummy!

  12. This was a great simple and easy dinner! I substituted a whole yellow onion for the half red, just because I like the taste better, and the dish came together perfectly. This will definitely be part of our dinner rotation!

    Rating: 5
    • Woohoo Steffi! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and reporting back—I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  13. I made this recipe last night, and it was easy, tasty and quick to make. My husband said it is “a keeper.” It also reheats well as a left-over.

    Rating: 5
    • Lisa, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks so much for giving it a try and taking the time to report back. :)

  14. Has anyone made this with chicken thighs? Thinking it could be an easy substitute, but wanted to check first!

  15. Another winner!  This is one we will definitely repeat – over and over!

    Rating: 5
    • Susan, I’m so happy to hear the recipe was a winner! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review.

  16. This look delicious and we have a TON of cherry tomatoes from our garden, but ZERO capers (or olives or pickles). Will it drastically alter the taste of the meal if I leave them out?

    • Hi Stephanie, it’ll be missing the caper flavor, of course, but I wouldn’t let a lack of capers stop me from making the recipe! I hope you enjoy it!

  17. Great, solid recipe.  Perfect for all the summer garden tomatoes.

    Rating: 5

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