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Chicken Caprese Pasta

Say it with me: KUH-PRAY-ZAY. You're going to be telling everyone about this 30-minute chicken caprese pasta recipe, so you might as well be able to say it right!

This is a pot of chicken caprese pasta. There's a black pot filled with bowtie pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella balls, chicken, and basil.

Chicken Caprese Pasta

There are plenty of legendary trios, but in the culinary universe, the combination of tomato, mozzarella, and basil is one of the all-time greats. I know the advice about not messing with a great thing, but I'm not interested in some crazy modification like trading out tomatoes for tic-tacs or using a marshmallow instead of the cheese.

I'm just trying to make an easy recipe that tastes great. So I made this chicken caprese pasta, which combines that Italian trinity of flavor with pasta, chicken, and balsamic vinegar.

The result? A recipe that ruled the summer at our house, and one we plan to try to make all year round.

What is Caprese?

I'm not a food historian by trade, but I have Google to fill in the gaps. Here's what I learned while developing this recipe:

A Caprese salad (or just "caprese") is an Italian combination of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil, seasoned with salt and dressed with olive oil. It's named after the island of Capri.

As for Capri itself... I only know what Wikipedia has told me. If you've been, you should let me know! Maybe next time you can bring me and we can have this chicken caprese pasta together.

This is a pot of chicken caprese pasta. There's a black pot filled with bowtie pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella balls, chicken, and basil.

Chicken Caprese Pasta Ingredients

You already have an idea of what goes into this recipe, but let's take a look at the ingredients list in full:

  • chickpea pasta
  • chicken tenderloins
  • diced tomatoes (garlic & onion flavor)
  • mozzarella pearls
  • garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • basil

It's not an awfully extensive ingredients list, but you might have some questions. I might have some answers!

This is a pot of chicken caprese pasta. There's a black pot filled with bowtie pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella balls, chicken, and basil. There is also a hand holding up a small bowl of the pasta.

Do I have to use chickpea pasta?

Of course not! I tend to choose combinations of ingredients both for flavor and nutrition. Chickpea pasta offers a bit of extra protein to the dish, which I like to have, but it definitely isn't necessary to the core of the dish.

Can I use a different kind of diced tomato?

Yes, you can use another kind of canned diced tomatoes or even use your favorite variety of fresh tomato and dice it yourself!

What are mozzarella pearls?

These are kind of what they sound like—small balls of mozzarella cheese, sold together in a container. It's definitely not the only form of mozzarella good for this recipe, but if you can find them, you should give them a try!

How to make chicken caprese pasta

This chicken caprese pasta might appear a bit more involved than other pasta dishes, but I assure you it's pretty simple to make. Here's what's involved:

  • Gather and prepare ingredients (chop chicken and veggies).
  • Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • While preparing noodles, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in large skillet.
  • Add garlic. Cook for about 2 mins.
  • Add chopped chicken pieces. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, until cooked through and internal temp reaches 165 degrees. Drain extra liquid from the skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Cut heat to low. Add diced tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Simmer for about 5 mins.
  • Stir in cooked noodles and mozzarella pearls. Simmer for 5 more mins.
  • Top with basil and enjoy.
This is a pot of chicken caprese pasta. There's a black pot filled with bowtie pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella balls, chicken, and basil.

Healthy chicken caprese pasta

Chicken caprese pasta is not the most common of dishes, so I don't expect for people to be searching high and low for a "healthy" version of the recipe (as they might for healthy cheeseburgers, healthy brownies, healthy spinach, etc.).

I'm happy to report that this dish is pretty good on the nutrition front. At 386 kcal per 2-cup serving, it provides 44 grams of protein and 32 grams of carbohydrates with 12 grams of fat.

It's hard to say what counts as "healthy" or not in a particular dish, but this can absolutely fit into a nutrition plan to support a healthy lifestyle. That said, I'm not a dietitian or doctor, so you should consult with a professional about those things. I'm just here to give you easy recipes!

This is a pot of chicken caprese pasta. There's a black pot filled with bowtie pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella balls, chicken, and basil.

Speaking of easy recipes...

Want some more? You're in the right place. Try one of these Jordo's World staples:

This is a pot of chicken caprese pasta. There's a black pot filled with bowtie pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella balls, chicken, and basil.
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5 from 4 votes

Chicken Caprese Pasta

Say it with me: KUH-PRAY-ZAY. You're going to be telling everyone about this 30-minute chicken caprese pasta recipe, so you might as well be able to say it right!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caprese chicken, caprese pasta, chicken caprese pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 386kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • pot

Ingredients

  • 1 box chickpea pasta 8 oz dry
  • 1.5 lbs chicken tenderloins raw, chopped
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes garlic & onion flavor, drained, 30 oz
  • 8 oz mozzarella pearls
  • 3 cloves garlic minced (15 grams)
  • ½ tsp salt & pepper (each)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • cup basil chopped

Instructions

  • Gather and prepare ingredients (chop chicken and veggies).
  • Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • While preparing noodles, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in large skillet.
  • Add garlic. Cook for about 2 mins.
  • Add chopped chicken pieces. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, until cooked through and internal temp reaches 165 degrees. Drain extra liquid from the skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Cut heat to low. Add diced tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Simmer for about 5 mins.
  • Stir in cooked noodles and mozzarella pearls. Simmer for 5 more mins.
  • Top with basil and enjoy.

Notes

  • This recipe is gluten-free.
  • To make DF: Use a dairy-free mozzarella.
  • To meal prep: Make recipe as instructions indicate. Split into 6 air-tight containers. Add basil after heated & when ready to serve.
  • To track on MyFitness Pal, search “Jordo’s World Chicken Caprese Pasta”
  • 291 grams per serving (about 2 cups / serving)

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 12g
Recipe Rating




Nichole

Sunday 31st of December 2023

So easy and so good! Great for meal prep. I layer the tomato/chicken mix with the pasta and cheese on top in a jar so that the pasta doesn’t get too squishy while in the fridge.

Jordan Smith

Sunday 31st of December 2023

Great tip for making this recipe last longer for meal prep! Thanks for sharing!

Marla

Saturday 9th of December 2023

Quick and easy way to get protein in both the meat and using Bansa pasta.

Samantha

Thursday 8th of June 2023

OMG! This is soooo good! Was hesitant to try this one because I don’t love fresh mozzarella but this has become my new favorite recipe!

Kim

Wednesday 14th of September 2022

This is my FAVORITE Jordo’s World recipe!! It’s perfect for dinner or lunch! I love that it makes a lot so I can meal prep it for lunches and it’s so quick to put together! I actually crave it, it’s so good!

Al

Monday 12th of September 2022

Love when we get to make this one!