Fast Food Friday - One Pot Chicken Tomato Pasta
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Serves: serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken tenders or thinly sliced cutlets
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 4 cups total diced tomatoes (you can use a combination of fresh/canned or all of one or the other)
  • 1½ tablespoons Italian seasoning blend (see note)
  • 1 (12 ounce) package of veg blend rotini (or 12 ounces of regular rotini, cut ziti, elbows, etc - use what you have!)
  • 3 cups of water
  1. Heat the oil in a large deep skillet or dutch oven. Add the chicken and sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
  2. Brown the chicken on both sides over medium high heat for about 4 minutes total. Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic. Cook for less than a minute (just until it's good and fragrant) and then add the tomatoes and Italian seasoning.
  3. Continue cooking for about 2 minutes. Then add the pasta and water. Turn the heat up just a little so the water can come to a simmer.
  4. Stir occasionally to keep the tomatoes and pasta from sticking to the pan, and continue cooking for 15 minutes, or just until the pasta is tender.
  5. Garnish with shredded cheese and crushed red pepper if desired.
Italian Seasoning Blend: if you don't have this just use some dried oregano, dried basil, dried parsley, a tiny bit of garlic and/or onion powder, or any combination of these. You can also opt for the seasoned canned tomatoes if you don't feel like fooling with it, but I always prefer to season things myself.
Recipe by Sugar Dish Me at