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Easy Italian Chicken Skillet

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Easy Italian Chicken Skillet Recipe -- fresh, flavorful and ready to go in less than 30 minutes! #italian #chicken

Whenever I used to go grocery shopping with my mom as a kid, I always wanted to spend my extra allowance money on candy. Candy, candy, candy.

In college, it was ice cream, ice cream, ice cream.

Today? Produce, produce, produce.

I know, there could be worse vices. But seriously, I walked into the grocery store a few weekends ago with a simple grocery list for milk and spices and such — knowing full well that I had a fridge full of CSA goodies at home — and I walked out with an extra $25 worth of produce! I’m telling you, that section needs no flashy advertising. One glance at the abundance of colors and fresh flavors lining the aisle and I’m sold.

One of the impulse buys of the weekend was a carton of vibrantly red, ripe, tiny cherry tomatoes. We’re still a few weeks away from tomato season here in Kansas City, and it’s like those little guys were calling my name. So I decided to try turning them into a deconstructed marinara sauce, sauted up with some chicken. And oh boy, any buyers’ remorse I had about my little produce splurge was instantly justified. The dish turned out gorgeous. And SO good.


Easy Italian Chicken Skillet Recipe -- fresh, flavorful and ready to go in less than 30 minutes! #italian #chicken

I mean, just look at it. It’s basically summer in a skillet.

We have fresh tomatoes, fresh onions, lots of fresh garlic, fresh basil — and can you spot the other red ingredient? If you look closely, you’ll see some chopped roasted red peppers in there too, which you can either make homemade or buy in the jar. But what you can’t see is how ridiculously delicious they all taste together. So you’re just gonna have to trust me there. :)

Easy Italian Chicken Skillet Recipe -- fresh, flavorful and ready to go in less than 30 minutes! #italian #chicken

For some strange reason, I seem to be on a chicken kick lately. So that was the protein of choice for this version of the meal. But this would also be great with shrimp, or chicken sausage, or tofu, or even just served on its own to top a big bowl of pasta.

However you make it, it’s quick, easy, fresh, and b-e-a-utiful. Here’s how to make it:

Easy Italian Chicken Skillet Recipe -- fresh, flavorful and ready to go in less than 30 minutes! #italian #chicken

Start by sauteing up your protein in some olive oil, sprinkled with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper on both sides. Once the chicken is ready, transfer it to a separate plate.

Easy Italian Chicken Skillet Recipe -- fresh, flavorful and ready to go in less than 30 minutes! #italian #chicken

Then add your veggies to the skillet. (There should still be oil remaining.)  Saute up your onions, then add garlic and tomatoes, then roasted reds, and half of your basil…

Easy Italian Chicken Skillet Recipe -- fresh, flavorful and ready to go in less than 30 minutes! #italian #chicken

…and then add in your chicken and garnish it all with the rest of your fresh basil.

And ladies and gentlemen, dinner is served. :)

Easy Italian Chicken Skillet Recipe -- fresh, flavorful and ready to go in less than 30 minutes! #italian #chicken

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Easy Italian Chicken Skillet

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x


This Easy Italian Chicken Skillet is full of amazing fresh flavors, and is ready to go in less than 30 minutes!


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups (about 10 ounces) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 jar (about 1 cup) roasted red peppers, drained and diced
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • optional topping: grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Season chicken breasts with a generous pinch of salt and pepper on each side.
  2. Heat oil in a large saute pan (skillet) over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts in a single layer, and cook for 4-5 minutes on one side. Then flip and cook on the second side for an additional 4-5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink on the inside. Transfer chicken breasts to a separate plate and set aside.
  3. Add the onions to the pan with the remaining oil, and saute for 3 minutes or until mostly cooked. Add the garlic and tomatoes to the pan, and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until the tomatoes begin to break down. Add the roasted red peppers and half of the fresh basil, and saute for an additional minute. Then add the chicken breasts back into the pan, and sprinkle with the remaining fresh basil.
  4. Remove from heat and serve warm, topped with fresh parmesan cheese if desired.

Easy Italian Chicken Skillet Recipe -- fresh, flavorful and ready to go in less than 30 minutes! #italian #chicken

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80 comments on “Easy Italian Chicken Skillet”

  1. You are the easy dinner queen girl! I love how fresh and flavorful this is. I do declare it a winner winner chicken dinner!
    Had to ;) Pinned!

  2. I am so with you Ali. I can’t resist the produce at this time of year especially. I love what you did with these cherry tomatoes. What a great simple dinner for a weeknight. Pinning.

  3. Love how simple and fresh this is! Lovely!

  4. I agree, we have been hooked on vegetables for a long time. We are not vegetarians, but something about the fresh flavors. For 20 years we lived in Chicago and the selection was great.

  5. WEll… was Candy Candy Candy Ice Cream Ice Cream Ice Cream until I put on 50 pounds (forget the freshman 15)

    Then……it became produce produce produce for me too!!!!! I love the ease of this dish. Tasty. Dynamic. I think I feel a little cheer coming on!

  6. I’m so the same way… I guess it’s a sign of growing up! This is such a beautiful, vibrantly colored dish :)

  7. I’m still all about the candy…but this is absolutely stunning! :)

  8. Too much produce is the story of my life!! We get a weekly delivery from DTD, plus I go to the farmer’s market and we still grocery shop of course. It’s a problem. ;) This looks amazing!

  9. Yum! this looks like the perfect summer dish!

  10. The colors of this dish are ah-mazing! Your photography gets me every time :)

  11. Just lovely!! Perfect for hot summer days :)

  12. Love this dish so much. Crazy good flavoring and so easy! Always a plus here:)

  13. Beautiful dish! Love all of the colors! My basil plant is totally out of control right now, I need something to help me use it all up!

  14. This looks so good, Can’t wait to make it .. Thanks

  15. Love a good skillet recipe (less dishes makes this Mamma happy)

  16. You are right—it is easy. Also it should be pleasing to just about everyone. Sometimes that is a challenge. I like all food, so I don’t understand the finicky part. The colors of this meal is inviting too.

  17. Love the look of this easy chicken dish Ali – definitely want to try it out! (I love peppers and tomatoes!)

  18. A wonderful no oven dinner is just what I need for summer. Plus look at those colors! So pretty!!!

  19. Made this last night for supper–EXCELLENT and easy. Will make again. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Perfect weeknight meal!

  21. Looks simple, healthy and yummy! I like the sauce without the sauce idea.

  22. Looks awesome- my kind of dinner!

  23. I made this for dinner tonight! I used boneless skinless chicken thighs because they were on sale and I added about 2 tablespoons of wine when I put the tomatoes in.

    It was so good!!!! Honey could not get enough!!! We used part of a french baguette to sop up the sauce on our plates.

    This will be a meal I make often this summer!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  24. Looks delicious! I’m thinking of making this for guests. What would be good side dishes to pair with this?

  25. Totally summer in a skillet! This dish is right up my alley, from the flavors to the easy one skillet prep!

  26. Made this and loved and it came together to easily!

    • Made this and it came together quick and easy, perfect for me! It was so easy that I was skeptical until I took the first bite…then I was in love!

  27. I bought everything to make this, but my tomatoes went bad so I substituted canned tomatoes and it was still delicious. All my kids loved it. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Hi Ali! I made a version of this recipe and posted it on my site :) I, of course, properly created you and talked about how much I love your pictures and recipes. I hope you will check it out!

  29. Made this tonight and it was amazing! So easy and really, really yummy! Thank you!

    I was wondering if you have the nutrition info for this recipe. Do you know how many calories for each serving?

    • Thanks Dessie, we’re glad you enjoyed this! Unfortunately though we do not have the nutrition info for the recipe. We aren’t currently publishing nutrition facts on the site. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. But many of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate!

  30. Here’s a tip – for more flavorful chicken, cook it together with the veggies instead of separately (this will also prevent the chicken from getting cold while you’re fussing with the veggies). Here’s how I’d do it: Sautee fresh onion and fresh red bell pepper on high heat for 3-ish minutes, until they’ve begun to sweat; add the garlic, sautee another 30 seconds or so until the garlic is fragrant; then add the chicken, reduce the heat to medium or medium-high; cook for 10 minutes or so until the juice runs clear but the chicken is still tender, adding the tomatoes and some basil in during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Garnish with the rest of the basil and voila.

  31. I made this tonight and it was delicious. I used 2 chicken breasts instead of 4 and a few chopped bell peppers instead of the jared roasted stuff. I calculated it out and the total calories for this dish comes out to 847 calories, but this could definitely feed 2-3 people a good size plate. 

  32. I love a meal that is as easy to enjoy as it is to prepare.  Thank you for creating and sharing!

  33. It says there are 60 comments, yet I cannot view them?

    • Hi Justine, if you just click on where it says “60 comments,” you should be able to see them!

  34. Wow! So easy, and I had everything in my kitchen! I added a few capers for some added zing and served with rice. Yowza!

  35. Thanks for the dinner suggestion. I made it tonight and my family loved it. It was so easy.

  36. Prep takes much longer than “5 mins” – more like 20 or 25 to prep onion, garlic, tomatoes, chiles and basil. If your chicken breasts are thick you should split its thickness in half or it will never get its internal temp >165° without burning the surface. Regardless and despite learning these lessons, it was delicious.