Chicken Parm Pasta


Go ahead, eat it right out of the skillet! No judgement here. 😂

5 tbsp.

olive oil

1/2 c.

panko breadcrumbs

3/4 c.

grated parmesan cheese

1 lb.

skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips 

1 1/2 tsp.

kosher salt, plus more for the pasta


garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1/4 tsp.

red pepper flakes


28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand

1 lb.

bucatini or spaghetti

1/2 c.

loosely packed fresh basil, thinly sliced, plus leaves for garnish

8 oz.

mini mozzarella balls, drained

Step  1 Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the panko and stir to coat in the oil. Cook, tossing, until the panko is crisp and golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside to cool, then stir in 1⁄4 cup of the parmesan.


Step  2 Season the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook, tossing occasionally, until browned, about 3 minutes. Remove to a plate. Step  3 Reduce the heat to medium and

add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil

to the skillet. Add the garlic and cook until it just begins to turn golden,

30 seconds to 1 minute. Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes and add the tomatoes. Add 1 cup water and 1⁄2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 15 minutes. Step  4 Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions for al dente. Reserve 1⁄2 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta.


Step  5 Add the chicken and basil to the tomato sauce and return to a simmer. Add the pasta and cook, tossing to coat, about 1 minute. Add the remaining 1⁄2 cup parmesan and toss. Remove from the heat, scatter in the mozzarella and toss, then cover and let sit until the mozzarella begins to melt, about 1 minute. Uncover and toss once more, adding a little of the reserved cooking water if the pasta seems dry. Top each serving with the panko mixture and basil.

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