Tomato Basil Chicken with Spinach and Pasta

In the past few months we’ve been trying to cook more interesting and tasty dinners and this recipe did NOT disappoint!

Tomato Basil Chicken

Makes about 4 servings. We doubled the recipe and cooked it in two batches so we had leftovers for the week, and this makes awesome leftovers!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Italian seasoning, or dried basil. Whatever floats your boat!
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Cups chopped fresh tomatoes (about a pint)
  • 2 Teaspoons minced fresh garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 4 Tablespoons cold butter (half a stick)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped into ribbons
  • 1/2 bag of spinach (around 5 ounces, but feel free to add more!)
  • 1 box of pasta (we used whole wheat)
  • Parmesan cheese

Let’s get cookin!

  1. Put on a pot of water (for the pasta) to boil while you cook the chicken. You’ll need to keep an eye on this pot throughout cooking the chicken so you notice when it’s boiling. When the water does boil, cook the pasta according to the box’s instructions.
  2. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet and let it get hot.
  4. When the oil is hot and your pan is heated, add in the chicken breasts. There should be a lot of sizzling right away; that’s how you know you did it right!
  5. After 4-5 minutes, turn the chicken in the pan and cook for another 4-5 minutes. (You don’t want to overcook the chicken since you’ll be adding the rest of the ingredients while the chicken is still in the heated pan.)
  6. After the second side of the chicken has been cooking for about 4 minutes, add in the tomatoes. Again, there will be a lot of sizzling!
  7. Next, add in the basil, followed by the butter.
  8. Add in the garlic, then spinach, and stir everything together.
  9. Once your chicken is cooked (for our thick chicken breasts it took about 10-12 minutes total to get to 160Β°F inside), reduce the heat to the lowest setting until your pasta is done cooking (if it isn’t already).
  10. Turn off the heat on the skillet and take the chicken to a cutting board, let it rest for a few minutes, and cut it into whatever size/shape you want. We cubed it. Once you cut the chicken, add it back to the skillet with the sauce.
  11. Add some pasta to a bowl, top with the sauce, and add some Parmesan cheese on top.
  12. EAT!

Recipe adapted fromΒ http://menumusings.blogspot.com/2013/04/tomato-basil-chicken.html

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