Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta (30 Minute Recipe)

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Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta combines classic comfort food ingredients, chicken, and penne pasta into one tasty dish! Pasta recipes like this with a creamy sauce are perfect for the whole family to enjoy! 

chicken sun dried tomato pasta in a sauté pan


The tart and earthy flavors of herb-soaked tomatoes are balanced with sweet basil and creamy mozzarella cheese. 

Combined with the tender penne pasta and juicy chicken breast, this creamy Italian dinner is a winning combination that will please even the pickiest of eaters.

ingredients for making chicken sun dried tomato pasta

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta

Quick and easy meals are the best option when life is too hectic to make an elaborate meal. That doesn’t mean they’re lacking in the flavor department, though! 

Sun dried tomato chicken has a wide variety of flavor combinations. 

With just a handful of fresh ingredients and 30 minutes of time, you can plate up this scrumptious Italian recipe!

Chicken penne pasta is incredibly simple to make, and it has delectable Italian flavors from sun dried tomatoes, garlic, and fresh basil. 

Your guests will think that you spent more time on it than you actually did!

I have plenty of other 30-minute meals here too, no matter what you are in the mood for. And, many of them can be made with ingredients you already have on hand!

For example, Roasted Vegetable Penne and lemon roasted vegetable pasta are great ways to use up leftover tomatoes. 

Or, try your hand at making homemade ravioli for another divine Italian dish.

Chicken Penne Pasta Ingredients

  • Veggies – Spinach or mushrooms would be an incredibly tasty addition to the sundried tomatoes and garlic that are in the sun dried tomato chicken pasta.
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes – For this chicken penne pasta recipe, you’ll need the sundried tomatoes packed in oil with Italian herbs. 

    The extra liquid is the base for the sauce and the herbs really amp up the flavor!
  • Want it spicy? You can always crank up the heat with a dash of red pepper flakes.
  • Garnish with cheese. Sprinkle your plated meal with a bit of grated Parmesan for a nice finishing touch.

Tips for Perfect Chicken Penne Pasta

  • Salt your pasta water! This is a crucial step, as salt really enhances the flavors in the dish.
  • Let the chicken rest. To ensure that every bite is deliciously juicy, let it sit off of the heat for about 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Use shredded cheese. Instead of cutting the mozzarella into cubes, I suggest shredding it, so it’s easier to combine! 

    Also, stirring in a small handful at a time helps prevent it from clumping.

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Serving Suggestions

When I make Italian comfort food meals, I always include bread. Some garlic knots or copycat Olive Garden® breadsticks would be scrumptious!! 

Vegetables on the side with sun dried tomato chicken pasta would be incredible as well! 

Either baked zucchini chips or some garlic roasted broccoli would round out the meal deliciously. 

Kitchen Tools

  • Skillet – This is my go-to pan that I’ve had for over a decade! It heats evenly and cleans up beautifully with a little baking soda so it still looks brand new.
  • Large Pot and Strainer for the penne
  • Blender – A high power blender is a must in every kitchen.
  • Heat resistant spoon or spatula – Perfect for cooking, stirring, and serving.

Chicken Sun Dried Tomato Pasta FAQ

Can I adjust the serving size? 

This sun dried tomato pasta recipe yields about 8 servings, but you can reduce the ingredients for a date night dinner, or to make a meal for one.

Since the leftovers are fantastic, I recommend preparing the full recipe. This way, you can enjoy it again for lunch or dinner the next day!

What can I substitute for penne? 

As long as it is cooked to al dente, you can use whatever type of pasta you enjoy.

Medium noodles like bowtie or rotini are a great substitute, but spaghetti or fettuccine would work too. 

However, I would avoid small shapes like shells and elbow macaroni.

If you’d like to make homemade pasta dough, you could even serve it over freshly made cavatelli pasta!

Can I use other types of cooked pasta for this quick dinner?

Changing the pasta is a great way to change the look. You can swap in your favorite pasta for busy weeknights, and enjoy this one pot pasta recipe. The tender chicken pairs so well with the tasty cream sauce, and it all comes together with minimal effort! 

When it comes to a dinner recipe that is the best way to enjoy flavorful chicken, you can’t go wrong with one pot pastas like this! It’s the best way to a pasta lover’s heart, and it takes less time than so many other dishes out there! 

Don’t forget to pile high the parmesan cheese on the creamy pasta dish. Delicious recipes like this are meant to have extra flavor. Don’t wait for a special occasion to make this sun-dried tomato chicken pasta recipe – it just takes a couple of minutes to prep and enjoy! 

Prep Ahead Instructions

Since this meal comes together in a snap, there’s not much to do ahead of time! 

It’s easy enough to sear the chicken and blend up the tomato sauce while the penne pasta is boiling on the stove.

If you prefer fewer steps, you could easily use leftover grilled chicken or even rotisserie chicken. 

You can also blend up the sun dried tomatoes and garlic in advance, then store the mixture in a sealed jar in the refrigerator. 

Make it no more than a day or two ahead of time for best flavor.

Storing Leftover Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Allow the dish to cool. Then, transfer the chicken pasta into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 

Reheat any leftover pasta on the stove over medium heat. 

Or, if you want to use a microwave, reheat individual portions in 30-second increments until they’re warmed through. 

You may also want to add a splash of water or chicken stock to keep it from drying out.

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chicken penne pasta in a skillet

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta (30 Minute Recipe)

Donna Elick
Sun dried tomato chicken pasta is a 30 minute recipe for the best Italian comfort food! You’ll flip for this amazing chicken penne pasta!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Method Stovetop
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 16 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 8.5 ounces sun-dried tomatoes with Italian herbs packed in olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or adjust to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, or adjust to taste
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream

Optional Garnish

  • extra salt or pepper, to taste
  • chopped fresh basil


  • Fill an 8 quart pot with water, cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
    Add a small handful of salt to boiling water and cook pasta to al dente (about 7-9 minutes). Drain in a colander.
  • While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Drizzle oil in the hot skillet and immediately add chicken.
    Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook 3-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked to an internal temperature of 163°F.
  • Remove chicken from the pan and set on a cutting board to cool. Once cool, cut chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • While the chicken is cooking, drain sun dried tomatoes, reserving about 2 tablespoons of the oil.
    Combine the contents of sun-dried tomatoes, reserved oil, and chopped garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until the mixture is smooth, scraping the insides of the blender down as necessary.
  • Add sun dried tomato mixture to the skillet and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
    Stir in heavy cream, then cook on medium-high heat until slightly boiling. Add in shredded mozzarella cheese and stir to melt.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer. Add in cooked chicken.
  • Add drained penne pasta to the skillet and stir until combined and the pasta is well coated.
    Continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes on low. Stir in fresh basil. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with additional fresh basil if desired. Serve warm, and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

  1. If your drained pasta is starting to dry out and stick together, I recommend stirring in a little bit of olive oil.
  2. To thicken the sauce, you can stir in extra shredded mozzarella. Add a small amount at a time and stir until completely melted.
  3. For spicier chicken penne pasta, I recommend adding crushed red pepper flakes.
  4. If you don’t have fresh basil, you can substitute baby spinach. Spinach doesn’t have quite as much flavor as basil, but it’s still a great vegetable to add because of its health benefits.
  5. Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator. Use within 5 days.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 735cal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 430mg | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 5g | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 3mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published February 2013. Last updated and republished April 2024

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  1. Awww I bet this is yummy! I love cheese too and feel the same way about pizza. If I could only have one food everyday I would pick pizza – fully loaded of course 🙂 This dish sounds wonderful. Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Made it! Thanks for sharing. Nice quick yummy dinner. Great garlic flavor too! (beware: garlic breath follows, lol).

  3. Made it! Thanks for sharing. Yummy quick dinner for the family. Great garlic flavor too (just beware the garlic breath, lol).

  4. I usually make penne with besciamella sauce but this recipe looks delicious. I might just try making it this week for my kids. Thanks!

  5. We could not stop eating this! Easy and so delicious….another fabulous recipe. Will be making this again.

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