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Pasta topped with tomatoes and basil in a shallow white bowl.

30 Minute Chicken Caprese Pasta

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian-American


An easy weeknight pasta recipe.


  • 1/2 lb. spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (dice up a rotisserie chicken or grab our slow cooker shredded chicken!)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella, diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped


  1. Cook the spaghetti in very salty water until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp. of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add chicken pieces to skillet and cook until chicken is heated through, about 2 minutes.
  5. Remove skillet from heat. Add pasta and diced mozzarella to skillet and toss with kitchen tongs to combine.
  6. Drizzle in just enough of the remaining olive oil to lightly coat the pasta - you may not need it all.
  7. Add a generous pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper to the pasta and toss to combine.
  8. Divide pasta between plates and top with diced tomatoes and fresh basil. Serve immediately.


You could also top this pasta with some freshly grated parmesan cheese or a drizzle of balsamic reduction to mix it up a bit.

Don't be afraid of seasoning - be sure to add salt and pepper to the finished dish to help bring everything together!

Leave out the chicken to make this a vegetarian dish.

Use high-quality olive oil for this recipe - it makes all the difference!

We like to keep a bunch of grilled chicken in our fridge to use in recipes like this throughout the week. If you don't have pre-cooked chicken on hand, just dice up two raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts and sauté the pieces in a bit of olive oil until cooked through (do this between recipe steps 2 and 3), then proceed as directed by the recipe.

Keywords: caprese, chicken, pasta