Do you want to make a delicious and healthy dinner for your family in just 20 minutes? Read on to see how easy it is to make One-Pot Chicken Bruschetta Pasta!
One Pot Chicken Bruschetta Pasta is uses only one dish and a handful of ingredients to make dinner for the whole family. Tomatoes, fennel, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese make this a winning dish!
No one in history has ever written me and said “I need more 2 hour recipes,” however they have requested more quick recipes. I was excited about the ease of “one-pot wonder pastas” when they trended last year, but had miserable, mushy failures with each attempt.
Lucky for you, I’m here to tell you about my recipe that worked.
Bruschetta, a classic Italian appetizer, can also make a wonderfully simple, but flavorful pasta. What really elevates this dish is the toasted fennel and fresh basil. You will only need 10 ingredients and 30 minutes to prepare this simple one-pot dish.
PRO TIP- If you prefer to use dried basil leaves, use 1 tablespoons. Rub them between your palms before adding. This released natural oils and more flavor.
While this is a one pot meal, it comes in two (three if you decide to mariante) process, but all one skillet. Spaghetti cooks right in the pot without needing any draining.
While most people merely think about this being simple and reducing a step and cleaning one colander, I think of it as a way to infuse pasta with SO MUCH FLAVOR!
Instead of just water, pasta is sucking up seasoned tomato juice and chicken broth. YUM!
PRO TIP: To elevate this dish even further, try drizzling it with a Balsamic Reduction Sauce!
Marinating the chicken is totally optional. I like the diversity of having vinegary chicken using a balsamic dressing and savory flavors of the tomato based sauce and fresh basil.
Fennel really elevates the dish and adds flavor akin to Italian sausage. If your family isn’t down for that or you don’t have fennel, just omit it.
PRO TIP- Ground fennel has a lot more flavor than whole fennel seeds. If you need to substitute ground fennel, only use 1/4 teaspoon.
The only issue with my One Pot Chicken Bruschetta Pasta, and essentially any one- pot pasta dish, is getting the correct amount of water for the pasta to cook, but not be watery. It is a fine balance and nearly impossible to master.
Every brand of pasta will require a different amount of cooking liquid. Other factors like human error, liquid in the tomatoes and altitude will also have an impact on how much liquid you need and cooking time. Some of the preparation and cooking will need to rely on your cook’s intuition.
What exactly does “al dente” mean?
Al dente translates literally to “to the tooth” meaning that the pasta is a little chewy, has some bite and toothiness to it.
If you liked this easy pasta recipe, you might also like these others:
- Authentic Carbonara
- Broccoli Chicken Alfredo
- Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta
- One Pan Sausage Alfredo Pasta
- Lemon Garlic Pasta
Tools you might need for making this one pot meal:
Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.
Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!
Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil– A good olive oil will taste like, well, olives, while a poorly made one will taste like vegetable oil. Gross. While people tend to favor Italian and Greek olive oils, I prefer to buy mine domestically.
There are some great ones out there from all over the world, but the reporting of ingredients isn’t always the same and you could find that your super expensive olive oil was actually cut with vegetable oil.
Questions you might have about how to make bruschetta pasta:
I don’t have a skillet or cast iron skillet large enough, what else can I use? You can also use a large Dutch oven or pot.
What can I substitute for chicken? Anything you want! You can use shrimp, sausage or even make this into a vegetarian bruschetta pasta.
Can I make this dish spicy? Spice it up! Hubby likes to sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes on top or even add 1 teaspoons to the pasta while cooking. You can even add sliced spicy peppers.
Can I make One Pot Chicken Bruschetta ahead of time? You can make this dish ahead of time, but I feel like any pasta that is already tossed in sauce tastes better fresh. You’ll lose the al dente factor and it might be a little more starchy.
Can I freeze bruschetta pasta? You sure can! Freeze it in an airtight container for up to 4 months. Please be mindful that you’ll run into the same issues as making it ahead of time, it will be a little less al dente and a little more starchy.
One Pot Chicken Bruschetta Pasta
- 1/2 cup balsamic dressing , optional
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil , divided
- 1 sweet onion , thinly sliced
- 4 garlic cloves , thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
- 1 pound dry spaghetti
- 30 ounces canned diced tomatoes
- 1 chicken bullion cube*
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
- Grated Parmesan Cheese , for garnish
- Using a meat tenderizer, pound chicken breasts into 1/4 inch thick, or a uniform thickness throughout. Cut each breast in half. They are easier to handle when smaller.
- If you have the foresight or the time, marinate the chicken breasts in balsamic dressing for 1-24 hours. This step is optional. You can omit this and move right to cooking the chicken if you wish.
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a very large skillet or cast iron pan over medium heat and add chicken breasts. If you used the marinade, discard leftover marinade.
- Cook chicken on each side until cooked or internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 degrees, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Slice after resting.
- Heat additional 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same pan without wiping it out. Add onions and garlic, saute for 2-3 minute or until they start to soften. Add fennel seeds and continue to heat for 2 minutes.
- Strain canned tomatoes over a large measuring cup (will be approximately 1 cup). Add water to make a total of 3 1/2 cups liquid. Add chicken bouillon cube and stir.
- Break spaghetti into thirds and add to the skillet, spreading out evenly. Pour 3 1/2 cups liquid over the top. Add strained tomatoes and Italian seasoning.
- Cook for 5 minutes, then toss to make sure any pieces of pasta that weren’t hitting liquid directly, are. If liquid is fully absorbed, add an additional 1/2 cup of water.**
- Cook for another 5 minutes (10 minutes total). Remove from heat and toss in Kosher, black pepper and fresh basil leaves.
- Spoon onto serving dishes, top with sliced chicken and Parmesan cheese.