I'll admit that coming up with ideas for dinner is probably my least favorite thing to do. Especially if it's chicken. My husband's not a big fan of chicken to begin with, so creating a recipe he likes isn't always easy. But he loves Basil Chicken with Tomatoes over Penne Pasta.
Basil Chicken with Tomatoes over Penne Recipe
Chicken with a hearty helping of basil simmered in a fresh tomato sauce. This meal is great for company, too, because you can have all the ingredients ready and quickly throw them together in a few minutes.
Serves 4 – 6
Fill a large stockpot three-quarters full of water and bring to a boil, then add:
1 (16 ounce) bag gluten-free penne pasta
Cook the pasta for 15 – 16 minutes, or according to instructions. Meanwhile place in a medium sized stockpot:
2 pounds, skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, (or 3 chicken breast halves) cut into ¼-inch cubes
Add enough water to cover chicken in pot. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Then remove from heat, drain water, and keep chicken warm.
In a large skillet add:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped (½ cup)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Cook onion on medium heat, until soft and translucent. Then reduce heat to low and stir in:
3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes (preferably cherry or grape tomatoes)
¼ cup chopped fresh or dehydrated basil leaves
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon sea salt
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
Simmer for 5 minutes or until tomatoes have softened. Then stir in chicken and penne. Cook for an additional 3 – 4 minutes and serve.
Notes and Suggestions:
- Add ½ cup chicken stock if you prefer more sauce over your pasta.
- If you don’t have fresh tomatoes use 2 (14.5 ounce) cans of diced tomatoes.