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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: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 572kcal
Author: Mariam E.

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. fettuccine uncooked
  • 1.5 lb. chicken tenders julienned
  • 2 tbsps. all purpose flour for coating chicken
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil light tasting
  • ½ tsp. black pepper for chicken
  • ½ tsp. salt for chicken
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsps. butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 large vine tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. chili flakes
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • Shaved parmesan cheese for garnishing, or grated
  • Fresh chopped basil for garnishing

Instructions

  • In a large pot of boiling water, cook fettuccine according to the instructions on the package.
  • Julienne the chicken and then salt and pepper to taste with ½ tsp of salt and ½ tsp of black pepper and coat the chicken with 2 tbsps. of flour.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Once hot, sauté the chicken until golden brown. Once the chicken is golden brown, remove and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add in the butter and sauté the garlic until fragrant. Add in the tomatoes and continue to sauté until the tomatoes are soft and tender.
  • Add in the heavy cream, chicken broth, onion powder, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Simmer on low heat for 3-5 minutes until the sauce thickens up. Then add in the fresh chopped basil and parmesan cheese. Cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Add the pasta and cooked chicken back into the skillet and toss to coat well. Continue to cook on low heat for 2-3 more minutes so that the pasta absorbs the sauce well.
  • Serve immediately and garnish with freshly chopped basil and parmesan cheese.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 549mg | Potassium: 763mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2mg
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