One Pot Chicken Caprese Pasta

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  • One Pot Chicken Caprese Pasta is the easiest, most incredible pasta dish ever. It takes less than 20 minutes to make this dish and since it’s only one-pot, clean up will be a snap too!

    I love one pot meals. The last thing I want to do after cooking dinner is to stand and scrub a bunch of dishes. If you feel the same, you’ve got to check out my goulash recipe, one pot cheesy enchilada pasta, one pot burrito bowls and this delicious one pan dijon chicken with potatoes.

    cooked caprese pasta in a dutch oven pot

    Chicken caprese pasta

    Caprese salad has long been a favorite of mine. If you haven’t tried the salad version, it’s an amazing combination of sliced tomatoes layered with basil leaves, fresh mozzarella cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.

    Every time I eat caprese, I find I want more. So I decided to upgrade the traditional appetizer into a full-blown meal by adding a hearty pasta as the base. This recipe is light on calories for a pasta dish, but heavy on flavor.

    I’ve made this recipe about 3 times in the past month (tweaking a little here and there), and my family still hasn’t gotten sick of it. I also had leftovers and dropped some by a friend who was moving and she said her family all loved it too! This easy chicken caprese pasta is a crowd pleaser—everyone who has tried it loves it.

    chicken caprese pasta

    Why I love it:

    There are so many great things going for this pasta dish. You can pretty much never go wrong with pasta in my book, but especially when it’s paired with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and balsamic.

    Minimal prep time. Instead of spending hours debating over what’s for dinner, take a few minutes to prep this simple dish. It takes just 10 short minutes to prep and is so easy!

    One pot. Not only is the prep time super quick, but the best part about this chicken caprese pasta is that you can literally throw all the ingredients into the pot and let it cook. Hardly any work or dishes involved!

    Natural flavors. Rather than a run-of-the-mill pasta, this version forgoes the classic tomato sauce for grape tomatoes. I love how easy these are to use and how flavorful they are. They are cooked in with this easy chicken caprese pasta dish, so not only do you get that incredible tomato flavor, but you get the juicy pop each time you take a bite.

    diced mozzarella, grape tomatoes and basil for caprese pasta

    Ingredients

    This caprese chicken pasta recipe is filled with all the good stuff. The chicken chunks and noodles are cooked in chicken broth instead of water so the entire dish is permeated with flavor. Grape tomatoes are cooked directly into the dish as well, then the entire thing is topped with basil and mozzarella for that traditional caprese flavor.

    In my opinion, the balsamic glaze is absolutely worth making for this dish. With only 2 ingredients, it’s simple to make and once you try it you’ll be hooked. I put this glaze on veggies, protein, salads and, of course, this pasta!

    If you don’t have mozzarella on hand, don’t panic! There are a few kinds of cheese that can work well with this caprese pasta with chicken. You’ll want a mild cheese that adds creaminess without jarring the flavor too much. A few good options are swiss, provolone or havarti.

    ingredients for caprese pasta in a pot

    How to make chicken caprese pasta

    Making this caprese pasta with chicken couldn’t be simpler. Just follow the simple steps below.

    1. Add ingredients to pot. Combine the chicken stock, noodles, chicken, tomatoes, green onions, garlic, seasonings and vinegar in a deep pan with a lid.
    2. Cover and cook. Cover with lid and cook over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until pasta and chicken are cooked. Stir occasionally.
    3. Add cheese and toppings, then serve. Once cooked, stir in the cheese and cover with the lid until it’s nice and melted. Top with fresh basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze if desired.

    Can I make this dish gluten-free?

    To make this into a gluten free caprese chicken pasta recipe takes a little bit of extra work. While some would suggest simply switching the regular pasta for a gluten free version, I’d instead suggest cooking the pasta separately from the rest of your dish.

    Gluten free pasta usually has a different cook time than traditional pasta. Generally, it takes about 2-3 minutes less to cook pasta without gluten. However, the chicken may not get that memo and you definitely want chicken that is fully cooked. Cook your GF pasta separately from your sauce, then mix them together before topping with mozzarella.

    chicken caprese pasta wrapped around tongs

    Tips for making caprese pasta with chicken

    After making this dish dozens of times, I’ve come across a few things that help make it much easier to create this recipe in a flash, while amping up the taste.

    • If you are in a hurry, you can sub out the chicken breast for its pre-cubed frozen counterpart.
    • An entire pint of grape tomatoes can be easily halved by placing the tomatoes in a single layer between two plastic lids or two plates, then taking a knife and slicing carefully through the middle.
    • If you want the mozzarella a little more golden, you could also pop the caprese pasta with chicken in the oven for a minute or two as well after it is done cooking on the stove top.
    • Don’t have green onions on hand? It’s fine to use regular onion instead.

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    One Pot Caprese Pasta with Chicken ...the easiest, most amazing pasta dish ever. Everything get's cooked together in one pot and is done in 8 minutes!

    Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: caprese pasta with chicken, chicken caprese pasta, One Pot Caprese Pasta
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 8 minutes
    Total Time: 18 minutes
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 392
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    One Pot Chicken Caprese Pasta is the easiest, most incredible pasta dish ever. It takes less than 20 minutes to make this dish and since it's only one-pot, clean up will be a snap too! 

    Ingredients

    • 32 ounces chicken stock
    • 1 pound noodles
    • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast , cubed
    • 1 pint grape tomatoes , halved
    • 1/4 cup green onions , sliced
    • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese , cubed
    • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • Fresh basil , optional
    • Balsamic glaze , optional

    Instructions

    • Combine the chicken stock, noodles, chicken, tomatoes, green onions, garlic, seasonings and vinegar in a large stock pot. Cover and cook over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until pasta and chicken are cooked. Stir occasionally.
    • Once cooked, stir in the cheese and cover with the lid until melted. Top with fresh basil and drizzle with balsamic if desired.
    • Enjoy while hot!

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    Notes

    • Can sub out the chicken breast for its pre-cubed frozen counterpart.
    • If you want the mozzarella a little more golden, you could also pop the caprese pasta with chicken in the oven for a minute or two as well after it is done cooking on the stove top. 
    • To make gluten-free: I'd suggest cooking the GF pasta separately from the rest of your dish. It usually has a different cook time, so all ingredients may not be ready at the same time. Cook your GF pasta separately from your sauce, then mix them together before topping with mozzarella.
     
     

    Nutrition

    Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 664mg | Potassium: 629mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 9.9mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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    Yum! Enjoy!

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