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How To Make Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta

Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta

This tomato basil chicken pasta is a perfect weeknight meal! It is made with fresh ingredients, has a deliciously creamy sauce, and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 390kcal
Author: Mariam E.


  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb fettuccine
  • Salt and pepper
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • In a large skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, saute garlic until fragrant.
  • Add chicken strips and brown for 1 minute per side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to season. Add in diced tomatoes and stir to combine, cooking for about 1 minute.
  • Once the chicken is browned, add in heavy cream and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, combine flour and water, whisking until no lumps remain. Add slurry and chicken broth to skillet and stir to combine. Simmer until thickened over low heat, approximately 5 to 7 minutes.
  • In a large pot of boiling water, cook fettuccine according to the instructions on the package. Drain and set aside.
  • Once the sauce is thickened, stir in basil and red pepper flakes. Add pasta to the skillet and toss to coat well.
  • Serve immediately with a garnish of additional freshly chopped basil and parmesan cheese.


  • You can use whole grain pasta, it will not affect the flavor.
  • You can use shrimp instead of chicken if you prefer.
  • Make sure to cut your chicken in equal bite size pieces, so the pieces will be cooked evenly.
  • Use enough cold water so when the pasta begins to cook and expand, there will still be plenty of room for the noodles to move freely.
  • Make sure your pot is boiling before adding the pasta. Noodles that are added too soon will be soggy and not properly cooked.
  • As soon as you put your pasta in the water make sure to stir it. This stops the pasta from sticking together.
  • Make sure to toss well, until your pasta is coated in the sauce.
  • Serve with a garnish of additional freshly chopped basil and Parmesan cheese.
  • To store, keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.1g | Protein: 31.1g | Fat: 23.1g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 304mg | Fiber: 2.9g | Sugar: 5g
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