A delicious combination of chicken, pasta and tomatoes that can be served warm or chilled for a great meal on a warm summer day! This recipe may look a bit complicated, but I promise you--it is not. Chicken can be cooked on the stove or on a grill. It is great for large family gatherings and does not really need to be served with anything other than a good loaf of bread for sopping up the juices. I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine has.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Mince garlic cloves in food processor or blender. Add 1/3 of the basil leaves to the processor, and chop until fine. Pour in 1/2 cup of olive oil, and continue to process until mixture turns light yellow with flecks of basil. Add the balsamic vinegar; process just until combined.

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  • Place the chicken breasts in a large zip-top storage bag along with 1 tablespoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper, and the contents of the food processor. Squeeze air out of bag and seal. Allow chicken to marinate for 2 hours, or up to overnight, turning occasionally.

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  • Brown chicken in a large skillet over large heat, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a large baking dish, and place in the oven until cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove chicken from oven, slice into 1/4 inch strips, and return to baking dish to absorb cooking juices. Keep warm.

  • While chicken is baking, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Boil the pasta until cooked through, but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well. Stir the chicken and the juices from the baking dish into the hot pasta.

  • Thinly slice the remaining basil leaves, and place in a large serving bowl along with the tomatoes. Stir in 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Top basil and tomatoes with the hot pasta, sauce, and chicken; toss to combine.

Tips

Cook's Notes:

Any hearty pasta that will hold the sauce works well in this recipe.

The chicken can be fully cooked on the grill, if desired. It will blacken from the vinegar, but will taste delicious.

For a more colorful dish, use a mix of red and yellow tomatoes.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

682 calories; 31.9 g total fat; 65 mg cholesterol; 1267 mg sodium. 65.4 g carbohydrates; 35.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (89)

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122 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 82
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2009
Great recipe! I pounded the chicken down thin and let it marinate all day. We grilled it and it came out very nice. I did cut the olive oil in half for the marinade. I also marinated the tomatoes in the olive oil (also cut that in half) and the balsamic vinegar along with some minced garlic salt pepper 1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes and chopped fresh basil. While the pasta was boiling I sauteed 1/2 c. of chopped onion then added the tomatoe mixture and let that warm up just a bit. Tossed that in with the chicken and pasta and topped it with a little parmesan cheese - delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2010
I made a few changes but my fiance said this was the best thing I ever made for him. I didn't have time to marinate the chicken 2 hours so here is what I did: I combined the balsamic vinegar and olive oil and set the chicken in there for about 30 min. Meanwhile I chopped the garlic and sauteed with mushrooms and two dried basil leaves (didn't have fresh) until brown. I browned the chicken then added the garlic mushrooms and basil back in as well as 2 cans of diced tomatoes (1 fire roasted and 1 italian). I let this cook and simmer for about 15 min and served with pasta. It was delish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2009
This was great. I was bored and searched recipes that had Balsamic since we had some on hand. This is definitely my new favorite. Not too many ingredients and tasted so good. I know this is a bit silly to say but it even looked great. There are several recipes that I make that taste wonderful but aren't impressive to look at. This will be something to serve for any night of the week or when we have friends over. I didn't change a thing either. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2011
A new favorite! I pounded the chicken and marinated overnight. Sauteed the tomatoes with a large onion and a couple cloves of garlic. Other than that i made as directed and it was fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2009
This was amazing! I LOVED the marinade. I didn't have any grape tomatoes so I chopped up some hot house. I also threw in some feta cheese on top. Great recipe thanks for sharing it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2012
This recipe worked great in the slow cooker for 6 hours on low. I did not marinate prior to cooking in the slow cooker or brown chicken in skillet. I simply put all ingredients in the crock pot except for the noodles and tomatoes. Amazing flavor! Very easy to make too! I will definitely make for our family again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2010
Quiet a few steps but a tasty different pasta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2011
Phenomenal! If you like balsamic vinegar and haven't tried this you are missing out! Subbed Farfalle noodles for the penne out of preference. Topped with mozzarella cheese. Out of this world yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2010
ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! Thank you for the recipe! only changes I made were to chop up roma tomatoes and use those instead of cherry tomatoes.. and I added some shredded mozzarella cheese. This is good cold too! Read More
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