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Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta

This quick and easy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta has amazing flavor, comes together quickly, and has a sauce that just melts in your mouth! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chicken pasta recipe, one pot pasta recipe, sun dried tomato recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 653kcal


  • 8 oz dried pasta (I usually use a shorter cut, like penne, rigatoni, farfalle, etc)
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 6-7 oz jar sun dried tomatoes in oil roughly chopped, reserving the oil in the jar
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/3 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese freshly grated tastes the best
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh basil


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Boil pasta to al dente according to package directions.  Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water!
  • Drain, toss with a little olive oil to prevent sticking and set aside.
  • Season chicken pieces with salt, Italian seasoning, pepper, paprika and red pepper flakes.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp of the oil from the sun dried tomato jar and 1 Tbsp butter over MED HIGH heat and add the chicken pieces, sautéing 3-4 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.  Remove to a plate.
  • Add garlic and sun dried tomatoes to skillet and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute, stirring often. Stir in half and half and let sauce come to a simmer.  Add mozzarella and Parmesan, stirring until melted.
  • Add pasta and cooked chicken (plus any juices that have accumulated on the plate), stirring to combine well.  Stir in reserved pasta water, a little bit at a time, if needed, to thin out the sauce.
  • Stir in basil and serve, garnished with more minced basil if desired.


Calories: 653kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 863mg | Potassium: 1326mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1288IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 323mg | Iron: 3mg