Recipe: Chicken & Tomato Sauce for Pasta

I’m a big fan of quick, simple suppers during the week. Both Matthew and I work long, and oftentimes erratic hours, so I’m all about getting meals on the table that are quick, tasty, nutritious and fun! One such meal is my chicken & tomato sauce for pasta.

This is the ultimate in quick, easy, tasty food – it’s totally adaptable and works well with a range of vegetables, meats and additions – it’s perfect for when you have lots of odds and ends in the fridge that you want to use up. So, for example, this time around I used lardons and spinach in amongst my usual ingredients, because we had them in – I’ve marked such additions as ‘optional’ in the ingredients list.

Funny story – I did lovingly take step-by-step instructions for this recipe…but I forgot to put my memory card into my camera. You just can’t get the staff, amirite? So I’ve written out the recipe below, but please forgive me the lack of pictures.

Ingredients (serves 3-5, depending on appetite)

Olive oil
Salt & pepper
Garlic & chilli (as desired)
2 chicken breasts
Lardons, bacon or pancetta (optional)
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 courgette
1 cup spinach (optional)
1/2 cup diced onions – I use Asda’s frozen ones which are genius
1 jar passata
2 tbsp tomato puree
A ‘slosh’ of red wine (optional)
1 bunch fresh basil
Pasta to accompany


1. Add your olive oil, salt & pepper, and any chilli or garlic you desire to a large frying or saute pan. When it comes to garlic and chilli I know we all have different opinions. In this house I use the ‘very lazy’ jars of both, because I love simplifying things! We do a coffee spoon of each – a teaspoon is a little too much.

2. Over a medium heat, add your onions and lardons and cook for five to ten minutes, until the lardons have started to crisp and the onions get glossy. Add your chicken breasts and allow to cook thorugh, turning occasionally.

3. Put your pasta water on to boil, and slice up your veggies (peppers & courgette) while you wait for the chicken to cook through.

4. Take the chicken out of the pan and using two forks shred it into smaller pieces. Add the shredded chicken and the vegetables back to the pan and stir through. You can also add any additional veggies such as spinach or mushrooms now too. Add your pasta to the boiling water.

5. Add your passata and tomato puree to the pot, along with the wine. Heat through over a medium heat. Slice or tear your basil and add to the sauce.

6. Drain your pasta, top with the rich, tomatoey sauce, and serve!

This sauce is also delicious made in a slow cooker, ahead of time – slow cooking really brings out the tomato flavours. If you’re at home for an afternoon, pop this on at lunchtime and by suppertime you’ll have a delightful dinner. For this version, add all of the ingredients at the beginning, apart from the basil and wine, which you’ll want to add half an hour before serving.


  1. LaaLaa Monroe
    7th July 2016 / 8:35 am

    Even though I don't eat meat, this is a good recipe to have on pasta regardless without the chicken, sounds & looks delicious x

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 8:55 am

      It definitely works without chicken too – it's a very adaptable sauce, quick and tasty!

  2. Emma Iannarilli
    7th July 2016 / 9:02 am

    This sounds perfect, love the idea of the chilli for a bit of a kick.

    • Claire
      12th July 2016 / 10:35 am

      My husband loves a bit of heat to his food, so the chilli is ideal!

  3. Kitty Kaos
    7th July 2016 / 10:49 am

    I love pasta dishes and this sounds so yummy especially since it has chilli in I love chilli xMiss Kitty Kaos – Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl

    • Claire
      12th July 2016 / 10:35 am

      Works so well with the rich tomatoey sauce!

  4. Ali - We Made This Life
    7th July 2016 / 11:24 am

    Sounds delicious and easy to make. I like the idea of cooking the sauce in the slow cooker and it being ready when you come home!

    • Claire
      12th July 2016 / 10:36 am

      I use the slow cooker less in the summer, but in the autumn it's an utter go-to!

  5. Ashley Turner
    7th July 2016 / 12:48 pm


    • Claire
      12th July 2016 / 10:36 am

      It really is! Let me know if you give it a go!

  6. Harriet Shearsmith
    7th July 2016 / 12:54 pm

    This sounds so tasty! I do pasta all the time for my husband and children – the boys especially love it! H x

    • Claire
      12th July 2016 / 10:37 am

      Such a good, hearty meal – ideal for when you've had a busy day!

  7. Chilling With Lucas
    7th July 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Ooh this and garlic bread would be a perfect tea x

    • Claire
      12th July 2016 / 10:37 am

      You read my mind – I *love* a bit of garlic bread with this!

  8. Elizabeth S
    7th July 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Now this is my kind of midweek dinner idea! I'm hungry now! 🙂

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:13 pm

      Haha! It's such a great little supper – simple and tasty. I hope you can try it!

  9. Nicol
    7th July 2016 / 1:52 pm

    a simple yet delicious recipe. you can never go wrong with a tomato sauce based dish

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:13 pm

      Such a fan of a deep, red sauce – perfect whenever!

  10. Hannah Heartss
    7th July 2016 / 2:15 pm

    This looks delicious, I am going to save this and make it myself soon x

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:13 pm

      I hope you enjoy it – such a fave round here!

  11. Cattitude & Co.
    7th July 2016 / 2:17 pm

    This looks so nice, the simple ones are always the most delicious.

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:14 pm

      Very true! Love good, simple, delicious Italian sauces.

  12. Rhian Westbury
    7th July 2016 / 3:43 pm

    I love making simple tomato sauces like this to have with pasta x

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:14 pm

      Always a great little tea, and so easy to throw together!

  13. Jess | The Indigo Hours
    7th July 2016 / 5:21 pm

    This sounds lovely, anything this straightforward is a winner for me!Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:15 pm

      Amen to that – weekday suppers need to be quick round here.

  14. Samantha Rickelton
    7th July 2016 / 6:09 pm

    Oh this looks nice and easy – no excuse to use a jar of sauce now! x

  15. Liz Mays
    7th July 2016 / 6:25 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is such a fresh and delicious dinner idea. I love the peppers in this!

  16. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    7th July 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Now this is like perfect comfort food to me! Absolutely delicious. x

  17. Emma Julia
    7th July 2016 / 9:10 pm

    This sounds scrumptious! (Also, you should be able to transfer the photos from your default camera memory to a memory card – just google how to with your particular camera!)

  18. Sher
    8th July 2016 / 10:40 am

    This looks yummy! I do love pasta dishes! I'd sub the the chicken for Quorn or Tofu though x

  19. Jessica Ayun
    8th July 2016 / 1:01 pm

    I also want quick and easy to make dishses as I juggle school and work. I love this and will definitely try it. 🙂

  20. beautyqueenuk
    8th July 2016 / 1:56 pm

    I do love sauces made in the slow cooker, leaving them to marinate together x

  21. Melissa Sak
    8th July 2016 / 11:14 pm

    That looks so good. Love the pasta / chicken combo. I'll have to try.

  22. Kira L Curtis
    8th July 2016 / 11:44 pm

    sounds delicious! I've just started to like tomato pasta so I shall have to try this!

  23. Shannon Ritchie
    10th July 2016 / 9:22 am

    I'm a vegetarian but the sauce sounds so nice! I might have to try it!

  24. ana de jesus
    10th July 2016 / 2:27 pm

    I would love to make a veggie version using Quorn chicken, what a delicious sounding recipe.

  25. Leslie Hernandez
    13th July 2016 / 4:23 am

    This looks absolutely delicious, I love pasta and chicken so this is a great combination!! Thanks for the recipe definitely trying this out 😉

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