Tomato Basil Pasta With Balsamic Grilled Chicken

Tomato Basil Pasta With Balsamic Grilled Chicken


Balsamic Grilled Chicken

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Tomato Basil Pasta

  • 1/2 pound whole wheat pasta, such as rotini or penne
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • Shredded parmesan cheese and more fresh basil for topping the pasta


  1. In a small bowl whisk together all of the marinade ingredients.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper then place them in a gallon size freezer bag.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken and seal the bag pressing out all the air as you do.
  4. Massage the marinade into the chicken then place it in the refrigerator to marinate for an hour or overnight.
  5. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and spray or brush the grates with oil.
  6. Place the chicken on the hot grill and grill for approximately 4-6 minutes per side depending on the size and thickness of the chicken.
  7. Remove from the grill and let it rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.
  8. Tomato Basil Pasta
  9. Cook the pasta according the package instructions omitting any oil that it calls for.
  10. While the pasta cooks heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  11. When the pan is hot add in the olive oil and swirl it around the pan.
  12. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds then pour in the cherry tomatoes and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
  13. Lower the heat to medium and sauté the tomatoes and garlic for several minutes or until the skins start to wrinkle and they release some of their juices.
  14. Add in the chopped basil and stir everything together.
  15. Add the cooked pasta in with the tomato basil mixture and toss everything together.
  16. Top with the sliced balsamic grilled chicken, parmesan cheese and more chopped basil.
  17. Serve immediately.

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