This Chicken with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce is a meal that comes together in just over 20 minutes that is a total crowd pleaser!
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Nagi
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Chicken and pasta in a creamy sun dried tomato sauce that comes together in just over 20 minutes!
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  • 8 ounces ziti or other pasta of choice
  • 4 small chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 4 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup sun dried tomato cut into strips (Note 1)
  • 1 cup baby spinach optional
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves sliced

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  1. Cook ziti according to packet directions MINUS 1 minute. Just before draining, scoop out 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Pound to 1″ thickness if they are thicker than that.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook for 4 minutes on each side, then remove onto a plate, cover loosely with foil to rest.
  4. Melt butter in the skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add mushrooms and cook until golden – about 2 minutes.
  6. Add broth, cream, parmesan and sun dried tomato. Stir and bring to a simmer. Simmer rapidly for 3 minutes until slightly thickened. Season sauce to taste with more salt and pepper.
  7. Add pasta, cooking water and baby spinach. Toss for 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce has thickened – the starch in the pasta cooking water will emulsify with the fat in the sauce to thicken it.
  8. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pasta to serving plates. Top with chicken then spoon over remaining sauce in the skillet. Garnish with fresh basil and parmesan. Serve!

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Sun dried tomatoes in oil is better, but vacuum packed sun dried tomatoes will work fine as well The sauce for the pasta for this recipe is more generous than most, creating enough to provide a sauce for the chicken as well. If you would like even more sauce, add more cream and parmesan – 2 tsp of parmesan for every 1/4 cup extra cream, and don’t forget to season to taste!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 790, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 233mg, Sodium: 1175mg, Potassium: 1231mg, Carbohydrates: 47g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 65g, Vitamin A: 1800%, Vitamin C: 12%, Calcium: 277%, Iron: 2.4%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Sun Dried Tomato Pasta