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Spaghetti with Chicken and Grape Tomatoes

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Spaghetti with Chicken and Grape Tomatoes, a pasta inspired by the abundance of tomatoes and basil in my garden this year.

Spaghetti with Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes in a skillet
Spaghetti with Chicken and Tomatoes

Each summer, I plant every variety of tomatoes, including grape tomatoes. Grape tomatoes are always the first to grow and ripen. Since I usually wind up with more than I can eat in salads, I like to create new recipes with them. Adding them to pasta is one of my favorite ways to cook them. This is also a great way to use chicken breasts in a flavorful way. Some other recipes with grape tomatoes you make like are Spiralized Zucchini and Grape Tomatoes, Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes, and Sheet Pan Shrimp with Broccolini and Tomatoes.

Spaghetti with Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes on a plate.

This tomato basil chicken pasta recipe is bursting with flavor and is pretty easy to make. When you use in-season produce, you don’t need many extra ingredients. The only ingredients in the sauce are the fresh tomatoes, sautéed with garlic and seasoned with salt and pepper. I top it with fresh basil at the end.

Are cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes the same?

Cherry and grape tomatoes are similar bite-sized tomatoes, but they do have their differences. Grape tomatoes are oval like a grape with a thicker skin than cherry tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are rounder like a cherry, juicier, and sweeter. You can easily switch out the grape tomatoes with cherry tomatoes if that’s what you have. Tomatoes are the best in the summer, so they’ll both be delicious in this chicken pasta.

Spaghetti Variations:

  • Use shrimp instead of chicken breast.
  • Add extra vegetables, like spinach, onions, or mushrooms.
  • Sub cherry tomatoes for grape tomatoes.
  • If you’d like some heat, season with red pepper flakes.
  • Swap the spaghetti for angel hair or use zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for a low-carb alternative.

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Spaghetti with Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes

4.83 from 35 votes
This 20-minute pasta recipe with chicken and grape tomatoes is bursting with flavor and is easy to make. A great way to use those summer tomatoes!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Spaghetti with Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes on a plate.
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups


  • 2 skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb), diced in 1 inch cubes
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 tsp each of dried oregano and dried basil
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz spaghetti, gluten-free or whole wheat
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped
  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh basil


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  • Season chicken generously with salt, pepper, oregano and basil.
  • Heat a large skillet on high heat. When hot, spray with oil and add chicken. Cook about 3-4 minutes, until no longer pink.
  • Remove chicken and set aside.
  • Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve about 1/2 cup pasta water before draining.
  • While pasta cooks, add olive oil to skillet on high heat.
  • Add garlic and sauté until golden brown (do not burn). Add tomatoes, salt and pepper and reduce heat to medium-low. Sauté about 4-5 minutes.
  • When pasta is drained, add pasta to tomatoes and toss well. If pasta seems too dry, add some of the reserved pasta water.
  • Add fresh basil and chicken and toss well. Serve and top with good grated cheese.

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Serving: 1 1/2 cups, Calories: 330 kcal, Carbohydrates: 48 g, Protein: 25 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 17 mg, Sodium: 50 mg, Fiber: 7 g, Sugar: 5 g


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196 comments on “Spaghetti with Chicken and Grape Tomatoes”

  1. This was incredibly good. My 100% italian husband even liked it ~ alot! Very easy to put together which made great to cook after getting home from work.

  2. We changed the pasta to spiralized zucchini and increased the garlic to 8 cloves and tomatoes to 3 cups. This was an absolutely amazing meal in under 30 minutes.

  3. I generally love your recipes. I followed this one exactly and it was extremely bland. My boyfriend was not a fan either. 

    1. We spiralized zucchini from the garden. Cherry tomatoes fro. The garden. Increased the amount of garlic and tomatoes. It was spot on.

  4. This was absolutely incredible!!! I followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect. SO flavorful and fresh! Thank you, Gina, for another amazing recipe!

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    David R Campbell

    I made this today for my wife, my son-in-law and myself. Three people with different food tastes. All of us loved it! I used less oregano because my wife’s not a fan, less garlic because my son-in-law is not a fan and no fresh basil because I won’t spend the money for it at the supermarket. And I used Kraft parmesan cheese.

    It was delicious nevertheless. (A year ago I would have purchased the fresh basil and imported parmesan cheese, btw. I’m self-employed and business has been a little slow these past months. 🙂 )

  6. I made it exactly like the recipe called for and it was so yummy!! I can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

  7. This recipe was really good!  Loved the taste of the grape tomatoes and garlic all mixed with the spaghetti.  Will be making this again in no time.

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    Maura Connolly

    This is an amazing recipe utilizing fresh items from the garden with many options to customize depending on preferences. Soooo good. 

  9. Excellent!  Quick, delicious and easy.  Perfect for a Monday.  Both of my daughters loved it and no extra calories in sauces.    Simplicity is the key for this dish.

  10. Looks good!! I’m new to the website. I’m beginning a new diet plan after a heart attack in May. Looking forward to trying these recipes!!

  11. This recipe is beyond amazing!!  This will be in our regular rotation now.  With the abundance of FRESH tomatoes and basil right now, it’s a winner.  I did use angel hair pasta and I think that made a difference.  I also used fresh basil when I sautéed the chicken, but did use dried oregano.  Fresh oregano might kick this whole thing up a notch.  I used all of the reserved 1/2 cup of pasta water, it was definitely needed.  The fresh basil and freshly grated parmesan at the end put this one over the top.  Yes, this is one of those all-time favorite recipes.  Thank you, SkinnyTaste!

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    Joanne V Gullo

    This recipe was so good. It was a hit with the whole family. My 18, 15 and 12 year old kids all wanted seconds. So light and yummy.

  13. Yum! I combined this recipe and the “Angel hair with zucchini and tomatoes” recipe(basically just added spiralized zucchini) to use as many summer veggies from my garden.  Delish!

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    Whitney Williams

    I have been following you for years. This is the first recipe my fiance and I made from you. It was absolutely wonderful!

  15. I made this recipe tonight. I didn’t have fresh basil I used 3 Tbsp. of jarred pesto instead. Absolutely deliscious. I will definitely make it again. Thanks Gina for another amazing recipe!! 

  16. My grandkids are here and we bought them pizza for supper tonight, As I am bring a cup or two of cherry tomatoes from my plants everyday, I decided to make this for my husband and I. So simple and light. It was wonderful. It was hard to not go back for seconds. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  17. I added about a half a cup of white wine (sauvignon blanc) right after the garlic to deglaze the pan to get all that brown good stuff up. It added a few calories but it’s SO GOOD.

  18. Thank you for the enhancement to the printing function that enables setting the serving size. That is so helpful! Great recipe too. I’ve made this many, many times with shrimp and have also added spinach.