Tuscan Inspired Tomato Basil Chicken

Treat Your Family to the Taste of Italy with this Tuscan Inspired Tomato Basil Chicken Recipe.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®. The opinions and text are all mine.

May I introduce you to new favorite way to eat chicken? This Tuscan inspired tomato basil chicken with a buttery sauce features a few leaves of the last of my summertime basil, and the delightful aroma of freshly minced garlic. Oh my, oh yes, that is how I want my chicken, thank you very much!This Tuscan inspired Tomato basil chicken really brings home the taste of Italy.

Have you grown basil in your garden?  If your answer is no, why not?  This herb is ridiculously easy to grow, and adds an extra boost of flavor to any Italian inspired dish.  I have the last of mine growing on my patio and it’s the perfect touch to top off an already perfect pasta sauce.The last of my fresh basilAnd the sauce? I chose Bertolli® tomato & basil sauce.  This Tuscan inspired sauce is a great way for me to experiment to get my own take on a classic Italian dish. Bertolli Tuscan chicken ingredientsMy latest day dream….I am sitting on a hillside villa in Tuscany, Italy enjoying some fabulous cuisine, overlooking the valley below.   I’ve wanted to visit Tuscany ever since a trip to Europe with my husband, years ago, was cut shorter than we wanted it to be.  Tuscany VillaNow, open your eyes and savor the moment.  It does not have to end.  You can still enjoy the Taste of Italy by visiting your local Kroger store.

Bertolli® and Kroger have teamed up for the Taste of Italy program at Kroger. Talk about perfect timing!  This program runs from September 23rd through October 11th, and will help shoppers discover simple and delicious ways to use the classic Bertolli® taste that they love in a wide variety of cooking techniques.  I’m delighted to help spread the word about the program with my Tuscan inspired tomato and basil chicken recipe.Taste of Italy Campaign at Kroger

The recipe for this delicious Italian dish is so easy to make.  Only a few simple steps and dinner will be on the table in about 20 minutes.  That is my kind of cooking!  Life is super busy for me lately, so quick dinner recipes are my go-to kitchen helpers right now.

Start by getting your chicken pieces the same size.  I cover mine in plastic wrap and flatten them with a meat tenderizer.  Super easy and doing this insures the chicken pieces will cook evenly. (plus it gives me a chance to get out my aggression about whatever mess life has thrown my way, and it’s fun!)Tenderize your chicken pieces so they are the same size

Sauté the chicken in olive oil until it is cooked and lightly browned on both sides.  Set aside for a bit, and then add the delicious Bertolli® sauce to the pan and get it all warm and bubbly and aroma-makingly divine.  In goes the garlic, silky butter, and summertime fresh basil.  YES… Perfection in a pan!  Add the chicken breasts back to the pan and coat well.  Cook for just a bit to let all the flavors combine and serve. Tuscan inspired chicken cooking

How is this for an end of summer, party in your mouth, drool worthy dinner?   I guarantee you that you’ll be cooking this again after the fam has tasted it.  It’s that good!Tuscan inspired Tomato basil chicken

Do you crave a dose Tuscan inspired taste?  Be sure to head over your local Kroger store and add a jar of this Bertolli® sauce to your shopping cart.  Then give your family the Taste of Italy that they have been craving.  And don’t let anyone know it only takes 20 minutes to prepare….shhhhh….that’s our little secret!  And now – back to my daydream!!Taste of Italy with Bertolli and KrogerBe sure to let me know in the comments what delicious way you came up with to use the Bertolli® sauce.  Share your taste sensation idea so we can all make it!Tuscan inspired Tomato basil chicken

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Tuscan Inspired Tomato Basil Chicken

Tuscan Inspired Tomato Basil Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Bertolli extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Jar of Bertolli Tomato & Basil Pasta sauce
  • one small bunch of fresh basil, loosely packed, cut into ribbons
  • 8 ounces spaghetti


  1. Cook your pasta according to package directions.
  2. Cover the chicken with plastic wrap and flatten each piece to an even thickness, about one inch or so in the thickest parts. Remove the plastic and season the chicken generously with Kosher salt and freshly ground cracked black pepper.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet. Add the chicken and pan-fry for several minutes on each side - until the chicken is cooked and nicely browned on the outside. When the chicken is done, set it aside.
  4. Reduce the heat and give the oil a few minutes to cool, then add the garlic to the pan and cook about a minute.. Stir in the pasta sauce and cook until is is hot and bubbly, then add the butter and stir to combine until it has melted. Return the chicken to the pan and let it mix with the flavors of the sauce for 2-3 more minutes.
  5. Just before serving, stir in the basil. Top servings of pasta with the chicken and the sauce. Yum!
Tuscany villa photo credit: Public domain image by Marissat1330 on Pixabay.com

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®. The opinions and text are all mine.


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  24 comments for “Tuscan Inspired Tomato Basil Chicken

  1. 10/07/2015 at 10:31 am

    That looks delicious! I may have to make it for dinner tonight.Thanks for sharing!

  2. Alex
    10/07/2015 at 10:42 am

    Wow, this looks delicious! I don’t think I would have been able to capture those pictures the way you did. Great job!! I am going to have to pick up the ingredients this week for dinner!

    10/07/2015 at 6:41 pm

    I love Bertoli. I have to try your recipe it looks delicious.

  4. 10/07/2015 at 9:13 pm

    I’m such a Basil lover. I always have Basil growing in the garden every year. Your Tomato Basil Chicken looks so good and I know my family would love it. I can hardly wait to try your recipe. Thanks!

    • admin
      10/07/2015 at 9:34 pm

      Basil is one of my favorites too. I wish it came back each year like other herbs. Alas…not a perennial!

  5. 10/08/2015 at 12:17 am

    That looks delicious! I love pasta dishes, haven’t made a lot with chicken though, but it looks like I could handle this one.

    • admin
      10/08/2015 at 8:47 am

      One of the first dishes I cooked for my husband was Italian chicken. He loved it so I cook this style often.

  6. 10/08/2015 at 9:27 am

    Oh now this is my type of meal. I will have to try this it looks just incredible. My whole family would love this!

    • admin
      10/08/2015 at 10:06 am

      Let us know how you liked it when you try it out!

  7. 10/08/2015 at 12:04 pm

    I love this recipe and use Bertolli tomato sauce on a regular basis. My favorite herbs are basil and rosemary, I incorporate them into almost every pasta dish.

    • Carol
      10/09/2015 at 5:07 pm

      I love them both too. I’m fond of all fresh herbs. I rarely use dried anymore.

  8. Katarina
    10/09/2015 at 4:46 pm

    Okay, now this looks absolutely amazing! Now I know what my mom will be cooking on Sunday!

    • Carol
      10/09/2015 at 5:07 pm

      LOL…have you told her yet?

  9. 10/09/2015 at 7:00 pm

    Oh I have to give this a try. We love chicken here and I’m always trying to find new ways to make it. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Carol
      10/09/2015 at 7:04 pm

      We have chicken several times a week, so I love new recipes too!

  10. 03/25/2019 at 11:45 pm

    I am obsessed with this soup! And your way of roasting canned tomatoes! Genius, lady!

  11. 03/26/2019 at 2:46 am

    I would make homemade bread! I have always wanted to do that.

  12. 03/26/2019 at 4:16 am

    I love one pot meals especially when it’s my wok. Easy peasy and my family will love all the flavors. Great recipe. I can’t wait to make it for my family!

  13. 04/23/2019 at 6:08 am

    Well I thought I had bought ground turkey but instead bought sausage!! How could I have done that!! And thank you for the brown rice link, and yup that was the one!! Anyway I did make this tonight but instead of turkey I used ground beef! It was all I had and I wanted to make this so bad. But guess what – it was fantastic!! I know it would have been healthier with the turkey but this was, as my husband said — give it two yums!!! Thanks again

    • Carol
      04/23/2019 at 10:35 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  14. 06/07/2019 at 7:27 am

    I’ve been a meatball love my whole life! I’ll take ’em any way I can get them, and I love this simple, turkey version — classic with a twist!

    • Carol
      06/07/2019 at 12:43 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe Alisha.

  15. 07/11/2019 at 12:21 am

    Thank you for this post. I’ve always believed that chicken had to be cooked to 180 using an instant read thermometer to be safe. Always dry. I do more grilling outdoors, but I’ll definitely have to look for one of those pans. Should be good for any type of meat.

  16. 11/15/2019 at 6:08 pm

    My daughter Starlie loved this Tuscan tomato basil!

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