One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine

One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine is the easiest one pan meal I’ve ever made. Everything is cooked in one pan and it creates it’s own sauce as it cooks. This meal is ready in under 20 minutes making it perfect for those busy weeknights.

One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine - A quick and easy pasta dish that's ready in 20 minutes.; a delicious weeknight meal.

If I had to choose one food that I had to eat every day for the rest of my life, it would be pasta. Pasta with cheese, pasta in broth, pasta by itself…I could manage and manage beautifully. Pasta is my friend, my soulmate and it’s never let me down.

One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine - A quick and easy pasta dish that's ready in 20 minutes.; a delicious weeknight meal.

Okay I might be getting a little carried away, but the point is – I LOVE PASTA. I also love One Pan Meals. They are so easy to prepare and leave me with only one pan to clean. Anything that saves me time in the kitchen is high on my list of favorites! I’ve done a lot of one pan meals over the years, some of the most popular being One Pan Cheesy Smoked Sausage and Pasta Skillet, One Pan Spicy Lemon Chicken Pasta with tomatoes and most recently, One Pan Lemon Chicken Picatta Pasta.

One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine - A quick and easy pasta dish that's ready in 20 minutes.; a delicious weeknight meal.

A lot of the meals require browning and covered cooking, but I’ve found that it isn’t always necessary, and the one pan pasta can actually cook quicker with the lid off. Like this One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine; I decided not to brown the chicken since the browning step can sometimes lead to over-cooked/dry chicken and I stood at the stove while it cooked, turning and stirring the pasta. Smaller noodles wouldn’t require the same amount of babysitting, but the linguine would be a giant sticky mess if left unattended. Plus it only takes 9 minutes with this method, as opposed to 20-25 minutes with the covered pan. That’s some nice time-saving!

The chicken is bite-sized so it cooks fairly quickly, and the water is absorbed into the pasta as it cooks. The remaining water combines with the tomatoes and creates a luscious sauce that is heightened in flavor at the end with the added Parmesan Cheese.

One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine - A quick and easy pasta dish that's ready in 20 minutes.; a delicious weeknight meal. One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine - A quick and easy pasta dish that's ready in 20 minutes.; a delicious weeknight meal.

This One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine has quickly become a favorite. Sometimes I’ll halve the recipe and make it for lunch (I can get two lunches out of it that way). It’s a nice departure from the boring sandwiches I’ll often have! My family loves it too, which is why it’s become a regular in our meal rotation. I hope your family enjoys it as much as ours!

One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine - A quick and easy pasta dish that's ready in 20 minutes.; a delicious weeknight meal.

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A pan of linguine

One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small onion or half a large onion, cut into thin slices (about ¾ cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes slice in half lengthwise
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 2 breasts)
  • 16 ounces linguine uncooked
  • 8-10 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 ounces Parmesan Cheese fresh, shredded

Instructions
 

  • In a 5 quart saute pan or skillet, arrange onion slices, minced garlic, tomatoes, chicken, pasta, basil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Drizzle olive oil over the ingredients in the pan, then pour in water. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, simmering and stirring for about 9 minutes or until pasta is tender. There will be some liquid left in the pan - this will help to create the sauce.
  • Add Parmesan cheese and toss to coat while the cheese melts.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine - A quick and easy pasta dish that's ready in 20 minutes.; a delicious weeknight meal.

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One Pan Tomato Basil Chicken Linguine - A quick and easy pasta dish that's ready in 20 minutes.; a delicious weeknight meal.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Kristin,
    This looks delicious but I was wondering if you can substitute whole wheat pasta for regular pasta? Will this effect the cooking time, or change the whole recipe?

    1. Whole wheat pasta usually takes a couple more minutes to cook, but it won’t affect the whole recipe. You coild cut the chicken a little larger to avoid overcooking.

  2. Even after reading the comments, I was skeptical that this was really going to be a flavorful dish. However, it looked so easy and the ingredients so fresh, I had to try it. Oh, my goodness! Absolutely delicious! This is one of my all-time favorite recipes! Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s easy prep, quick to cook and is full of flavor….the perfect combination! I did marinate my chicken for a couple hours in Italian dressing but that is routine for me any time I’m using chicken in a dish.

  3. Hello! I am interested in trying out this receipe tomorrow but had questions. How much water do I pour into the pan? And also, should I already bake the chicken and then cut them into bite sized pieces and throw them into the pan? Because it says to let it cook for about 9 or so minutes and chicken generally takes a while to cook all the way through.
    I am extremely new to cooking, but been practicing and trying new things lately.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Brynn, if you follow exactly what the instructions say, you’ll do great! It’s 3 cups of water – all of the measurements are in the ingredients list. The chicken goes in raw and will cook in that 9 minutes (you’ll cut them up first so that helps them cook faster. Good luck!

  4. Super fast and simple meal!! I swapped the basil for spinach and added a shake more red pepper flakes. It turned out really well!

  5. This is excellent! We made it without onions though. The sauce you are left with at the end is rich and theres plenty of kick but not too much. 15/10! Great recipe
    Simple and easy!

  6. I love pasta and honestly could eat it everyday, thanks for sharing these super recipes, i shall give them a go.