Skillet Tomato Chicken

Tomato chicken is a super-simple, one-pan, 30-minute chicken dinner recipe, 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 skillet meals as much as I do. I knew we were virtual friends for a reason!

cast iron pan of skillet tomato chicken dinner

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.

close up image of skillet Chicken and Tomatoes with Garlic and Capers

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 Tomato Chicken

Healthy skillet Chicken and Tomatoes dinner

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 of chicken and fresh tomatoes received the most requests.

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

Simple Ingredients in Skillet Tomato Chicken:

Simple ONE PAN chicken and tomatoes dinner in a cast iron skillet


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 cherry tomatoes! They are my very favorite part of the tomato chicken recipe.

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 recipe. If you love fresh tomatoes the way I do, use them to make my Italian Farro Salad or Martha’s fried green tomatoes recipe sometime. So good!

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.

skillet chicken and tomatoes dinner
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Simple Chicken and Tomatoes Skillet with Garlic and Capers

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Easy, flavor-packed ONE PAN chicken and tomatoes skillet dinner. Chicken breasts cooked with garlic and burst fresh tomatoes. A healthy, 30-minute meal!


  • 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 tomatoes — 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


  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.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy One Pan Recipe, Simple Chicken and Tomatoes Skillet with Garlic and Capers

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 4), 1 chicken breast + about 1/3 cup tomato mixture) — Calories: 224, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 69mg, Sodium: 588mg, Carbohydrates: 8g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 29g

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photo collage of skillet chicken and tomatoes

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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…


  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. ;-)

  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. Shawnna Griffin Reply

    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!

    • 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.

    • 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!

    • 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.

  18. Awesome!!!! My kiddos even loved! I wasn’t sure what to think of the combo… but why wham! Fantastic!

  19. I finally got around to making this recipe – SO good! I used the cherry/grape tomatoes from our garden along with our fresh parsley. We’re having our house stained/painted this week so we needed to make all the tomato plants gone. This process took us 2-3 hours but now we have many that will ripen in the basement. I served this with a cold corn salad with arugula by Alex Guarnaschelli and it went very well with your recipe…a bit of sweet with the garlic.

  20. It doesn’t seem like the sodium should be that high. Is it the capers?

    • Hi, the capers do add some salt, as does the kosher salt that’s in the dish for seasoning. If you’re concerned about sodium, you could start with a lower level of kosher salt and add additional to taste as needed!

  21. Hi This looks very nice, i’m cooking this on Friday night can this be done in a normal frying pan or does it
    have to be done in a skillet pan, hope i don’t burn it lol if this is a success i will be making it again,looking forward to it. thank you Mike

  22. Saralee Czajkowski Reply

    This is one of my family’s favorites, so, today at the Farmer’s Market, I got colored baby tomatoes to put in with this dish. my daughter requested it yesterday and can’t wait for it again!

  23. This is my favorite recipe from your site. Easy to make. We love the flavors. Good leftover too.

  24. Very delicious! I put mine over spring mix, and my son had his with pasta. Love the low calorie count as well!!

    • Sue, thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review. I’m so happy to hear you both enjoyed the recipe!

  25. Hi Elizabeth, thanks for giving the recipe a try and taking the time to leave your feedback! I’m glad you were able to identify how you’d like to tweak the recipe for next time to make it more to your taste.

  26. This was so good, Erin! I see why it’s your fave. Thanks for the recipe!!

  27. Finally made this for dinner tonight and it was really good. I did not have chicken breasts but used boneless skinless thighs and they worked out well. I am not a fan of capers so I left them out. Delicious and easy!

  28.  Easy AND delicious! I’m currently losing weight on the freestyle program with weight watchers and this recipe fits perfectly with the plan. ? Thanks for sharing it with us   

  29. My garden is in full cherry tomato mode, and I could make this with everything on hand. I served it over a simple (boxed) cheese risotto and it was a huge  success in our house. The kids ate it up! The only thing I changed was swapping parsley for fresh basil from our garden! Yum! This is a keeper.

  30. I’ve been trying to eat healthier home cooked meals since dropping some excess weight many months ago.  I was having a bad pizza craving and this filled the void.  Not only that but one of the best recipies I’ve found on the internet.  Followed recipie to a tee.  

  31. Perfection! This was the best chicken recipe I’ve eaten in a loooong time!

  32. Hi Erin,

    Lovely lovely dish. I omitted the capers entirely as I do not like them and substituted fresh basil for parsley. I also used boneless skinless chicken thighs as that was what I had on hand. It was a wonderful flavor packed meal. Summer in a cast iron skillet!

    Thank you!

  33. Well… this was very tasty!  I made a coconut with brown and wild rice as a base!  My wife has said it’s been her most favourite meal so far.  Mind she said that about last nights Thai trout to!.  Still this really was an excellent meal, thank you.  I did add a small amount of fresh Basil and tbh, made no other changes.  Fabulous choice of ingredients!  Saved to my/our favs… Thanks 

  34. We don’t care for capers, so skipped them, and used diced Roma’s from our garden. Served over long grain brown rice. About midway through dinner hubby stated “this is really good…I didn’t think I’d like it”, then went for seconds! Will definitely make this again!

  35. My co-worker brought in the last of the season’s delicious heirloom tomatoes from the garden to work, and I had thawed some chicken tenderloins, so I googled tomatoes and chicken recipe and this popped up. I prepped this all tonight very quickly and my husband plans to sling it in the pan and cook it up for us tomorrow for dinner. Serving with couscous with peas and parmesan, also made ahead in ten minutes time to hurry the process at crunch time. I’ll report back!

  36. Hello!

    Quick question, I am hoping to make this tonight but was curious if you could use canned diced tomatoes?

    Thank you, looks yummy!

    • Hi Nicki! Honestly, I really recommend fresh tomatoes for this recipe. You could try using 2 cans of fire roasted tomatoes and drain them VERY well, but I’ve never done that myself. I think it’s worth it to seek out fresh!

  37. Saralee M Czajkowski Reply

    My daughter requests this time and time again! The simplest but most flavorful recipe. The capers make it!

  38. I loved this. Used regular tomatoes since that is what I had. Rinsing capers helps remove salt taste and I added very little salt. Since I was out of red wine vinegar I used balsamic.. Fabulous! Can’t wait to try it with the other and compare. Thanks for a great recipe the whole family loves. Will make it a staple now!

  39. Wow! This was soooo good! I still can’t believe how something so simple could be so flavorful. Love how healthy it is! My husband and kids loved it too. It also looked very pretty on the plate. I will definitely make this again. Thank you! 

  40. Can you exclude the honey in this recipe

  41. Very good recipe. I like the addition of capers also. I used canned tomatoes so far, very yummy. Thank you for this recipe, it’s a repeat winner at my house in Canada! Will try it with fresh tomatoes this summer :)

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