Tomato Butter Pasta with Chicken
Tomato Butter Pasta with Chicken
Tomato Butter Pasta with Chicken is a simple supper made with just a few ingredients. This recipe makes a creamy pasta sauce without using any dairy except for a little bit of butter. I use tomato powder in this recipe but you can easily sub tomato paste if you prefer. Add some fresh herbs for a upgraded layer of flavor. Perfect for busy weeknight dinners, makes great leftovers for lunch and is special enough for a Sunday dinner.
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Tomato Powder is an ingredient I use ALL the time It is a game changer in many of my recipes. It is just dehydrated tomatoes, nothing else. I love using it instead of tomato paste as it is not as acidic. It is also shelf stable and you can use what you need and not waste a can like you do with tomato paste. I also love to add it to salad dressings and mayo for sandwiches.
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I use already diced up chicken. My little local market has it all the time. You can also easily dice up your own chicken for this recipe or ask any butcher in any grocery store to do this for you if you do not like touching the raw chicken. Use these smaller diced chicken pieces so that every bite is perfect when you make this pasta.
Butter and Pasta Water
The combination of the butter and the pasta water will create a silky light sauce. This sauce perfectly coats your bow tie pasta. I love this particular sauce because it is light and tangy and has the delicious infused flavors of garlic and tomatoes.
- *If you have any questions about the ingredients or steps, there are pictures and more detailed descriptions in the post above)
- 1 16 ounce package of Bow Tie Pasta (Farfalle)
- 2 lbs of diced chicken
- 2 tablespoons of tomato powder or tomato paste
- 1/2 tablespoon of Chicken Flavor Better Than Bouillon
- 2 cups of pasta water
- 1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 large cloves of garlic, sliced or chopped
- Handful of fresh basil, minced (dried basil to taste if you don't have fresh)
- 5 tablespoons of salted butter
- Garlic Salt
- Black Pepper
- Bring water to a boil and add your pasta, boil until al dente and reserve at least two cups of pasta water.
- In a deep sided skillet, add 4 tablespoons of your butter, add the garlic and the halves tomatoes. Add a sprinkle of garlic salt over all the tomatoes and a couple of shakes of pepper. Sauté this for about 7 minutes, or until you see the tomatoes softening and the skin blistering. Remove the tomatoes to a bowl and set aside, I use a slotted spoon so I can get the tomatoes out, but leave the butter in the pan.
- Add your chicken to the same skillet with the butter the tomatoes were cooked in. Sprinkle all of the chicken with a little garlic salt and black pepper. Cook the chicken until it is fully cooked and golden brown.
- While your chicken cooks, add your tomato powder to a bowl and add about 1.5 cups of the coiling pasta water to the bowl. Whisk until the powder is smooth and tomato soup texture. You may need to add a little more water. Dissolve your bouillon in this water as well.
- Add the basil to your chicken and toss well to combine.
- Add back your tomatoes and garlic to the pan, add the tomato powder water and add the last tablepoon of butter. Bring this to a simmer. If you need to, you can add another 1/4 cup of pasta water to the pan. There should be enough liquid to simmer for a few minutes. Add your cooked pasta to this pan, toss to coat all the pasta, let this simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes. You will see the sauce coating the pasta. Stir occasionally.
- Add more fresh basil to taste and for color, right before serving.
- Serve with fresh parmesan cheese if you prefer.