Chicken Tenders in Garlic Tomato Sauce with Buccatini

I. crave. pasta.  If anyone ever told me that I could not eat it, I would be devastated.  Likewise, if anyone had ever told me when I was a young girl that I would love it as much as I do now I would have given them a funny look!  I hated it as a child.  I know, I was weird.  Potatoes & Pasta….neither one of them were foods I wanted to eat as a child.

Still, as an adult, I’m not normally a tomato sauced pasta lover.  I’d rather have a butter sauce, Asian sauce, or cream sauce with my pasta.  However, Saturday I was craving a tomato-ey coated thick pasta.  I had some buccatini left in my cupboard and I wanted to use that.  I knew to use that I needed a sauce that would flow through the tube of the buccatini.

I decided I had to make do with what was in my cupboard to create a dish because I was not going out in the snowy cold weather we were having on that lovely October day!  Seriously, I really hate seeing snow before December.  Grumpy is a lot like me when it comes to pasta sauce – and he wants his full of beef if he has it in a tomato based one…so he wasn’t extremely excited about the dinner, however, he did eat it and say it was good.  I guess that’s good enough of an endorsement from him!

This will be my submission for Presto Pasta Nights.  This week Ruth of Once upon a Feast is hosting.  For the guidelines on participating, please check out the PPN website!  I hope to see you there :)

Chicken Tenders in Garlic Tomato Sauce with Buccatini
printable recipe
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 lbs chicken breast tenders
3 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup diced tomatoes with liquid
1-1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup water
1 chicken boullion cube
1-1/2 tablespoon tomato paste

Heat olive oil in large frying pan.  Place chicken tenders in hot oil and season with pepper.  Cook about 4 minutes on each side over medium heat.  Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

Leave oil from cooking chicken in pan.  Add garlic and stir fry for a minute.  Add chopped parsley and stir-fry another 30 seconds.  Add Tomatoes, vegetable broth, water, and chicken bouillon cube.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat.  Place chicken back in pan.  Simmer covered for 15 minutes.  Remove cover, remove chicken and set aside.  Add tomato paste and simmer 5 minutes uncovered.  This will reduce the liquid and thicken it.

While chicken is cooking, cook buccatini according to package directions.  Drain, add about 1 teaspoon oil to hot pasta and set aside.

When sauce is reduced and thickened, toss with buccatini.  Top with chicken and more fresh chopped parsley and serve!


  1. says

    Mmmm, delicious. I've always loved pasta and as an adult, love it even more than I thought I ever would. Something about getting to play around with it more, serve it with various sauces or meats or whatever….it's satisfying it never has to be the same way twice, but it just as yummy if you repeat a standby recipe.

    But aaannnyyywwwaaayyy…. I love the large chunks of chicken tenders served on top. Sounds good!

  2. says

    Looks and sounds delicious. I love buccatini. It brings out the kid in me… slurping through the noodles 😉 Thanks for sharing this one with Presto Pasta Nights this week.

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