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Simple Chicken Pasta Recipe for Busy Nights

Mike and I plan to start new traditions this year beginning with this simple chicken pasta recipe. The past few years during the holidays we’ve accidentally developed a few bad habits. Since we both get completely swamped during this time of year, we order food in way too often.

I do not want a tradition to be eating delivered pizza around the tree while adding ornaments. Not when it’s just as easy to whip up a tasty pasta dish using Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes.

Simple Chicken Pasta Recipe for Busy Nights

When I am super overwhelmed, I tend to forget how easy a good dinner recipe can be. A hearty pasta dish can be created with items from the pantry. All you need is Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes, pasta, and the rest is negotiable.

Depending on your personal tastes, picky eaters in attendance, and what you have on hand, you can most definitely make a delicious dinner and start a new tradition.

This recipe will also work well if you want to make a quick and simple meat sauce yourself. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a hearty meat sauce from scratch.

Skillet chicken pasta

This year, while decorating the tree, I made a simple chicken pasta recipe for us. Instead of hastily scarfing down pizza, we ate soul-warming pasta by the fireplace. There’s nothing wrong with pizza; I just want our holiday traditions to be a little less rushed.

Life is zooming by, and we need to start savoring moments a lot more often.

Easy chicken pasta in a skillet

You can make this recipe even easier by using Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano. It’s best to stock the cabinets with all the flavors and varieties of Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes. Pasta and tomatoes go with all sorts of proteins.

Or, skip the meat for a Meatless Monday dish. The quick and easy dinner options are plentiful.

Get the kids involved by allowing them to choose their favorite sides to go along with this simple chicken pasta recipe. Maybe cheesy garlic bread? Mozzarella sticks? What other kinds of delicious appetizers or side dishes go along with pasta?

Pasta chicken with tomato sauce in a skillet

Head to Walmart to stock up on Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes. You’ll be thankful during busy times when you have cabinets full of meal options. Start meal planning early in the season so the holiday chaos doesn’t sneak up on you.

Yield: 4 servings

Simple Chicken Pasta Recipe

Simple Chicken Pasta Recipe for Busy Nights

Easy pasta recipe to make on busy nights. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes, 1 can of Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 8 ounces pasta, cooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil


  1. Boil pasta as per package instructions.
  2. Add chicken, garlic, and oil to a skillet and saute on medium-high heat until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Reduce heat to low and add Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes and seasoning.
  5. Heat for 3-5 minutes or until steaming.
  6. Stir in pasta and mix well, heating 2 minutes more until hot.
  7. Serve with Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped basil.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 427mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 44g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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Chicken pasta skillet dinner easy for busy nights

What are your favorite traditions?

Or, what new traditions do you plan to make this year? 


Wednesday 21st of March 2018

REeally do like a good simple one pot pasta meal with chicken. I haven't made pasta yet this year.


Tuesday 19th of December 2017

This looks easy and delicious. Will add it to our menu for January and give it a try.


Tuesday 19th of December 2017

That recipe is so awesome! I have FIVE - 1,2,3,4,5 - kids and a husband that only knows how to use the microwave. This is PERFECT for me!

Mama to 6 Blessings

Monday 18th of December 2017

This looks very tasty. A great recipe for busy nights and I am tired. So easy to make!


Monday 18th of December 2017

I just bought some of these tomatoes today. This recipe looks light and tasty. Will need to give it a try.

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