Chicken Pomodoro

I am so excited to share this recipe with you. It’s one of those recipes that meets every single one of my criteria for a really great recipe.

  1. It tastes amazing!
  2. The family loves it.
  3. It’s easy and stolen moments friendly.
  4. It’s frugal.
  5. It’s versatile.

Anytime a dish meets all 5 of those criteria, you can bet it will get added into our regular rotation and be made on a fairly frequent basis.

This dish delights all the senses. It smells as good as it tastes and looks. It’s a simple sauce that bursts with fresh flavors. I could give you a whole string of adjectives and write paragraphs of praise for this sauce, but that would be overkill, at least a bit. So I’ll just get on to the recipe and urge you to give it a try. You won’t be sorry!

Chicken Pomodoro

  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 t. sugar
  • 3 T. pesto or 1/3 c. fresh basil leaves, torn or cut chiffonade style
  • 1/2 lb. chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (optional)

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook until onions are nearly translucent, about 3 minutes.

2. While the onion and garlic cooks, pour the tomatoes (with liquid) into a food processor or blender. Process until coarsely chopped to desired consistency. (Process less time for a thicker, heartier sauce or longer for a creamier sauce.)

3. Add the tomatoes and sugar to the skillet. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until very fragrant and somewhat thickened.

4. Stir in the pesto and simmer an additional 5-10 minutes. (If using fresh basil, let the sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes and then stir in the basil after removing from the heat.)

5. Stir the chicken into the sauce just until warmed through. Serve over pasta.

Personally, I love the pomodoro sauce as is (pictured above), without the addition of the chicken. But the chicken does make it a complete meal and my husband swears the only way to eat this is with the chicken. It’s really up to you.

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11 thoughts on “Chicken Pomodoro

  1. How is it that the most simple recipes look delicious on your website. This looks so fancy, but I have all the ingredients in my cabinet right now! Way to go!

  2. This looks SO good. The addition of pesto in a recipe hooks me every time, and this one has the added benefit of being a chicken dish. Love chicken. Thanks for sharing and Happy FF to you!


    Sheila 🙂

  3. I love a good sauce, and this looks GOOD! I prefer to make my own so I’ll know exactly what’s going into it. And I am a huuuuge fan of basil as well! So this is a total win for me. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  4. I was so excited to try this, but I found it sweet and not terribly flavorful, even after upping the basil and hot pepper and adding some wine. I’m surprised because I *love* Gourmet’s recipe for Old-Fashion Meatballs in Red Sauce, and that sauce is as simple as it gets. This does look beautiful, though.

  5. I saw this recipe, had all of the ingredients, and made it last night for dinner. I did add a little cayenne pepper (we like it spicy), and it was absolutely fantastic! I will definately be making this a lot!!!! Thanks for a great recipe!

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