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chicken pasta with basil and tomatoes

Caprese Chicken Pasta

This Caprese Chicken Pasta is a simple, quick and flavorful pasta that comes together in 15 minutes or less for an easy weeknight dinner. It’s loaded with all of your favorite caprese flavors like basil, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 10 oz. cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Balsamic reduction, divided
  • 2 packages Barilla® Ready Pasta Rotini
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, cubed (I use a rotisserie chicken for convenience)
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese balls
  • pinch salt and pepper, to taste


  • Blister the tomatoes: Toss cherry tomatoes in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally.
  • After about 5-6 minutes, the skins will begin to blister. Turn the heat down and add in 1 Tbsp. olive oil and 1 Tbsp. balsamic reduction. Stir carefully to avoid splatter.
  • Using the back of a spoon, gently press down on the tomatoes to release some of their juices.
  • Add in the Barilla® Ready Pasta Rotini, chicken and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Stir. (This doesn't take long, just toss into the pan for approximately 15 seconds)
  • Add the mozzarella balls on top. Cover with a lid to melt the cheese slightly. (1-2 minutes)
  • Drizzle with remaining balsamic reduction and garnish with more basil, as desired. Enjoy warm.



This recipe is adaptable! Feel free to add garlic to the tomatoes or Italian season and red pepper chili flakes for some extra spice! Use a different protein, or leave the chicken out for a vegetarian friendly meal.