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Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Pasta

This sun-dried tomato chicken pasta recipe comes together fast and has a flavorful yet light parmesan sauce. It's ready in about 30 minutes! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword sun-dried tomato chicken pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 515kcal


  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into bite-size strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (drained if packed in oil)
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil sliced thin


  • Boil a salted pot of water and cook the pasta al dente according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, cut the chicken into strips and season it with the garlic powder and salt & pepper (I'm pretty generous).
  • Add the oil and butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Let the pan heat up for a few minutes.
  • Add the chicken to the skillet and let it cook undisturbed for 3 minutes (so it gets a nice sear). Stir/flip it and cook it for another 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the Italian seasoning, chicken broth, and sun-dried tomatoes. Let the sauce bubble for around 3 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by about half.
  • Before draining the pasta, add 1/4 cup of the hot pasta water to the skillet, then add the drained pasta, parmesan cheese, and basil. Toss it all together in the skillet until the cheese has melted.
  • Serve immediately (season with extra salt & pepper if needed).


  • Grating your own parmesan tastes & melts better.
  • The key to this recipe is ensuring the pasta is done around the same time as the sauce, so start making the sauce while waiting for the water to boil. 
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 588mg | Potassium: 1063mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 241mg | Iron: 3mg