We are mid-week; The time I frequently realize my meal plan needs an adjustment. I often need to change out a meal for a quick and easy dinner to get on the table because what I had planned didn’t get prepped in time or our schedules changed. This Caprese Chicken Pasta is just that: a quick and easy dinner that is ready to serve in under thirty minutes.

Caprese Chicken Pasta {Quick & Easy Dinner Idea}

A few weeks ago, I shared a recipe for Stuffed Shells with Ground Beef and Cheese (another easy pasta dish). I ran into that recipe on Pasta Matchmakers. I decided to try the Pasta Matchmaker quiz out again and the Caprese Chicken Penne was given to me. It was such a successful weeknight dinner that I had to share it with you.

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Caprese Chicken Pasta Recipe

*printable recipe at the bottom of the article

Ingredients:

  • 1 box penne pasta (16oz)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped garlic (or minced if that’s on hand)
  • 1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • ⅓ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 12oz cooked chopped chicken (thawed frozen chicken works great)
  • 1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and cracked black pepper to taste

In a large pot, cook pasta as directed on packaging. Drain well.

Caprese Chicken Pasta {Quick & Easy Dinner Idea}

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add in the garlic and cook for about a minute.

Add the whole can of tomatoes and basil into the skillet and cook for two minutes.

Caprese Chicken Pasta {Quick & Easy Dinner Idea}

Mix in the chicken and simmer for about five minutes, until chicken is heated.

Caprese Chicken Pasta {Quick & Easy Dinner Idea}

Add in the cooked pasta and mozzarella cheese and toss to combine.

Caprese Chicken Pasta {Quick & Easy Dinner Idea}

Season with salt and cracked black pepper, to taste.

Caprese Chicken Pasta {Quick & Easy Dinner Idea}

In less than thirty minutes, the whole dish comes together and is ready to be served.

What is your favorite weeknight dinner? 

Caprese Chicken Pasta {Quick & Easy Dinner Idea}

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Caprese Chicken Pasta
 
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This chicken pasta is a quick and easy weeknight dish that combines the amazing flavors of a caprese salad.
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 box penne pasta (16oz)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped garlic (or minced if that's on hand)
  • 1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • ⅓ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 12oz cooked chopped chicken (thawed frozen chicken works great)
  • 1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, cook pasta as directed on packaging. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add in the garlic and cook for about a minute.
  3. Add the whole can of tomatoes and basil into the skillet and cook for two minutes.
  4. Mix in the chicken and simmer for about five minutes, until chicken is heated.
  5. Add in the cooked pasta and mozzarella cheese and toss to combine.
  6. Season with salt and cracked black pepper, to taste.

Caprese Chicken Pasta {Quick & Easy Dinner Idea}

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