Chicken Pasta in Creamy Tomato Sauce
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p-a-s-t-a !! This stuff is yummy! I’m about to change the way you think about creamy chicken pasta.
This chicken pasta has a light creamy tomato Alfredo sauce. The sauce boasts 6 fresh tomatoes, and very little cream but carries so much flavor! It is ridiculously good minus all the heaviness of traditional creamy Alfredo. It tastes fancy but this pasta recipe is really simple to make.
This simple method of cooking chicken breast is my favorite – it’s so tender and juicy! Plus, the chicken is cooked in the same pot as the sauce for simplicity and a boost of flavor as the wine deglazes the pan. This pasta also re-heats really well making it a great work-lunch option.
Ingredients for Chicken Pasta in Creamy Tomato Sauce:
3/4 lb linguini or fettuccine pasta
1 lb (2 medium) chicken breasts, trimmed
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp olive oil
6 Roma tomatoes, diced (plus more to garnish if desired)
1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
1/4 tsp hot chili flakes, (optional – omit if making for children)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, plus more to serve
1 garlic clove, pressed
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup chardonnay or other dry white wine
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Parmesan cheese to serve
How To Make Chicken Pasta in Creamy Tomato Sauce:
1. Cook pasta in salted water with 1 Tbsp olive oil until aldente according to package instructions. Rinse, drain (I used my OXO bowl) and set aside.
2. Trim chicken and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. Heat a large deep pan ( I used my Dutch oven) with 2 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Add chicken and sauté the first side until golden brown (5 minutes), flip, cover and sauté another 5 min or until done. Remove from pan and rest 10 minutes before slicing against the grain.
3. In the same pan (no need to rinse it), over med/high heat, add diced tomatoes, green onion, 1/4 tsp chili flakes, 2 Tbsp chopped basil, pressed garlic clove and 4 Tbsp butter. Season with 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste. Add 1 cup wine and cook stirring occasionally until mixture is soft and most of the wine has evaporated.
4. Once there is only 1/4 cup liquid remaining, stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 tsp salt or season to taste.
5. Add back the chicken then season to taste if needed. Warm through gently for 2 minutes then toss the pasta with the sauce. Serve with parmesan, chopped fresh parsley and more diced tomatoes for extra freshness.
Chicken Pasta in Creamy Tomato Sauce
- 3/4 lb linguini or fettuccine pasta
- 1 lb 2 medium chicken breasts, trimmed
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 6 roma tomatoes, diced (plus more to garnish if desired)
- 1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp hot chilli flakes, (optional - omit if making for children)
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, plus more to serve
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 cup chardonnay or other dry white wine
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- Parmesan cheese to serve
Cook pasta in salted water with 1 Tbsp olive oil until aldente according to package instructions. Rinse, drain and set aside.
Trim chicken and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. Heat a large deep pan or dutch oven with 2 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Add chicken and sauté the first side until golden brown (5 minutes), flip, cover and sauté another 5 min or until done. Remove from pan and rest 10 minutes before slicing against the grain.
In the same pan (no need to rinse it), over med/high heat, add diced tomatoes, green onion, 1/4 tsp chili flakes, 2 Tbsp chopped basil, pressed garlic clove and 4 Tbsp butter. Season with 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste. Add 1 cup wine and cook stirring occasionally until mixture is soft and most of the wine has evaporated.
Once there is only 1/4 cup liquid remaining, stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 tsp salt or season to taste.
Add back the chicken then season to taste if needed. Warm through gently for 2 minutes then toss the pasta with the sauce. Serve with parmesan, chopped fresh parsley and more diced tomatoes for extra freshness.
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This was a BIG hit for my family! The flavors were incredible and the sauce wasn’t too creamy or thin. It was perfect. I was asked to make this recipe twice in one week for my family. My brother, who hates tomatoes, LOVED this pasta.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Dominique! Thank you for the wonderful review!
Made this recipe exactly as it is written and wouldn’t have changed a single thing! The wine really made the flavor! It was so flavorful, and also light! This will definitely be a new go to recipe for my husband and I!
That’s just awesome! Thank you for that wonderful review!
What if I don’t want use wine or chicken broth, What can I use instead?
Hi Lena, Our readers have substituted with broth to eliminate the wine here’s what one said “This is a delicious recipe. I’ve used chicken broth instead of wine. My family loved it. Big thanks.” If you don’t want broth, water would work but may lack flavor.
I made this one today and it was soooo good:) I was a bit worried the chiken might be dry, but it was really juicy. I used chicken broth instead and added cherry tomatoes, some fresh dill and green onion to garnish. We had no basil, but my family doesn’t like it much anyway. I also added some gruyere cheese.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful additions with us, Yelena! I’m happy you made it perfect for your family!
Many families use chicken pastas regularly. They are relatively inexpensive, usually quick and easy to prepare and offer a flavorful meal for many occasions These chicken pasta meals can however, become the innocent victims of our own lack of time and creativity.
This is a delicious recipe. I’ve used chicken broth instead of wine. My family loved it. Big thanks.
You’re welcome Paulina! I’m happy to hear your family enjoys the recipe as much as mine does. Thanks for sharing your great review!
Great recipe! My kids love this! I do sometimes substitute chicken broth for the wine. Delicious either way!
I’m glad to hear the recipe is a HIT with the whole family! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review Tamara!
I just made this dish…absolutely fantastic! My husband loved it and he is still raving about…told me to feel free to make it again soon!!
Awesome! I’m glad to hear you both love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review Laura!
I’m glad you love it! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I don’t think one comment is enough for this recipe!! My husband loves this dish and he’s not a huge fan of pasta! The only thing I never add cause I rarely have it is basil. But seriously an absolute favorite in our family!! I try to make double the recipe because it’s even better the next day!!!
What a fantastic review! I’m so glad to hear how much everyone enjoys this recipe! Thanks for sharing Inna 🙂
Hi Natasha! Can i freeze this recipe ? Would it taste weird after wards.
Hi Julie, I haven’t tried to freeze this so I can’t say for sure, but I do think it’s worth a test :). I think it could work well.
Insanely delicious! One of my favorite dishes! I’ve already made it twice! I’m a huge fan of tomatoes. Only thing I added differently was some mozzarella at the end to add some extra cheeziness! Thank you a million for this recipe
Inna, you are very welcome, thank you for such a nice review 😁!
I just made this dish and it was super delicious! Especially topping it off with the fresh tomatoes and basil!! The creaminess was perfect not too thick or thin. All your recipes are amazing! Thanks for sharing Natasha! I will definitely have this again! Another go to!
Hello Reona, that sounds fantastic! You are most welcome, thanks for sharing your feedback with us.
The pasta overall was ok, but few things need to be changed for me in order to make it second time.
The idea of adding green onion and basil to saute with garlic and tomatoes are not good… Why? First of all, basil lost its wonderful flavor and color. Second of all, the color of green onion are not bright green, it is dark green like caned sorrel – which I wasn’t happy of it. For next time, when I will make this dish, I will definitely saute basil and green onions. I will saute only tomatoes, garlic and replacing green onions with sweet onion. But, I will definitely add basil and green onion before serving dish.
I just want to say that we love this recipe so much, it’s simply called “The Pasta” at our house – all other pasta pales by comparison!!
Thank you for such a nice review, looks like you have a new favorite 😁.
wow!great stuff. used chicken broth instead of wine. was awesome! quick, easy stuff.Thanks!
Thank you for the nice review 😁.
what can i use instead of the white wine? dont have an handy! 🙂
Hi Ira, you could replace it with chicken broth but it won’t have the same depth of flavor.
Hey Natasha would it turn out much different if I didn’t use basil?
Hmmm… the basil is nice and adds some great fresh flavor and aroma. Do you have dried basil you could use? I think it would still work without it if you dislike basil.
My husband hardly ever opts for a pasta dish (unless it’s lasagna) but when I made this he said it was the best pasta he’s ever tried! Definitely a keeper 🙂
That’s awesome! I’m so happy to hear that! 🙂
Looks yummy. I’m going to try with shrimp.
Thanks Michelle, let me know how you like it with shrimp 😀.
Natasha I came across your site few days ago and YES I’m so glad I did. This is the first recipe I tried it was AMAZING even my 2 picky teens boys loved it. It was simple and easy. Your recipes and instructions are very easy to follow. Thank you I’m hooked on your site.
I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you so much for sharing that with us :). That is the best when kids love what we parents make 🙂
absolutely delicious! one of my favorite recipe! thank you 🙂
Thank you so much for the awesome review! I’m so happy you liked it 🙂
This looks incredible!!!. Thanks for sharing this great recipe with us. Now i have found something better to prepare for my family this weekend, i believe they got to love it. Awesome post.
Hi, thanks for the recipe! Do you think this dish would freeze well?
Hi Inna, I haven’t tried freezing this but I think it would work fine.
Thankyou for this amazingly delicious recipe! We loved it. The sauce is phenomenal! It was perfect spot on! I used broth instead of wine and it still was awesome! God bless you ,your family and the work you do! 👍
You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it 😁. Blessings to you and your family!
Delish! Family loved it!
Awesome! I’m so happy to hear that! 🙂
I am afraid the chicken breast just grilled on a pan might be dry. Is there any trick that you use to make it more juicy?
If you sauté it this way, covering it halfway through, it will turn out really tender and juicy. It’s when you pre-sliced chicken breast and then try to sauté it that it turns out dry. Searing the chicken on a skillet and then allowing it to rest for a little bit produces really juicy results!
Finally made this dish.. although I was afraid the chicken would be too fatty and dry i made it this way
The recipe was awesome and I used left over chicken broth from making the chicken that way in the oven. Just wanted to share.
Also I added a spoon of corn starch to make it thicker.
I made this tonight! I only made a half because there are just two of us. I used Italian seasoning instead of basil. It was so so yummy! I will for sure be making this again!
I’m so happy you enjoyed it!! Thanks for sharing that with us 🙂
Yum looks delicious, and is there anything else what I can use instead of wine?
The wine adds so much amazing flavor but you if you had to, you could use chicken broth.
Great recipe, Natasha! Cooked pretty quick, which is important. Even my kids (picky eaters 5 & 1 yrs old) loved it! I substituted fresh basil with dry 2 tsp, and it still turned out delicious, but I’m pretty sure it would be even more flavorful with fresh one. Next time will try exactly as in the recipe. Thank you, for your wonderful website full of great recipes!
You’ve already made it? You’re so quick!! I’m so glad you all enjoyed it, especially the kids! That’s music to my ears 🙂