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Chicken Caprese Pasta

There have been at least 5 different menus for today.  I was highly indecisive with what I wanted to make for dinner tonight.  In the end, my desire for caprese salad won out.
Except caprese salad is not an actual dinner option.  While the fresh mozzarella has protein, there wasn’t enough to call it a meal.  So I did what I always do when I want to eat something lacking in protein…add chicken.  Once I mentally tossed the chicken in, I decided why stop there, and added the pasta.  Perfect! Dinner was done.

Chicken Caprese Pasta

Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts; cubed
  • 1-28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 9 oz fresh mozzarella; cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic; minced/grated
  • 40 leaves fresh basil; chiffonade
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound thick/sturdy noodle

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking in a large sauté pan, add the olive oil and heat over medium high heat.
  3. Cook the chicken, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, mix well, then add the can of undrained tomatoes.
  5. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Slowly add in the basil.
  7. Salt and pepper according to taste.
  8. Once the pasta is cooked, add it to the sauté pan.
  9. Mix the sauce and pasta together well.
  10. Remove from heat.
  11. Right before serving, quickly toss the mozzarella in and mix well.
  12. Serve immediately. The cheese will melt and clump quickly.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Melissa
    May 7, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you! I just saw this…How horrible am I?

  • Reply
    Sandi
    August 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I love this. I have a rotini style gluten free pasta that would be perfect in this recipe.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Now with fresh tomatoes in season, I would swap them in.

  • Reply
    Dorothy from Shockingly Delicious
    August 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Caprese ALWAYS wins out!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Dorothy, I couldn’t agree more!

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