Easy, fast, and delicious, this Chicken and Angel Hair Pasta with vine-ripened tomatoes and green olives needs just 15-minutes and one skillet to prepare. Loved by the whole family (even those picky eaters!), this easy pasta with chicken uses canned goods to help eliminate waste, save you time in the kitchen, and get your family essential nutrients like potassium, calcium, and fiber.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chicken and pasta, Fast pasta dinner, pasta recipe
1poundangel hair pasta , (or any other thin pasta)
20ouncestomato wedges in olive oil and Italian spices, partially drained
6ouncesgreen ripe olives, drained and sliced in half
25ouncescanned chicken breast, drained
salt + pepper, to taste
reserved pasta water, (I used approximately 1/2 cup- see notes)
1/4cupfresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2cupfreshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat (waiting to add the noodles until just after you add the tomatoes, olives, and chicken).
As the water boils, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots to the skillet and sauté for approximately 3 minutes, or until the shallots have softened. Add the fresh minced garlic to the shallots and mix well to combine. Sauté for an additional 30 seconds.
Add the canned tomatoes, green olives, and canned chicken breast to the skillet and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium.
Meanwhile, add the noodles to the pot of boiling water. Keep a close eye on the noodles as angel hair only needs 3-4 minutes to reach the desired doneness. Just before draining, reserve at least one cup of the boiled pasta water and set aside.
Add the lemon juice, salt, pepper, and approximately 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water to the chicken and tomato mixture. Stir in the fresh chopped parsley.
Add the cooked pasta noodles to the skillet and combine with the tomatoes, chicken, and olives. Sprinkle with the freshly grated parmesan cheese and sprinkle with additional parsley, if desired. Serve and enjoy!
For this recipe, you will need to reserve at least 1 cup of your salted pasta water before draining your noodles. Since this angel hair pasta with chicken is not being coated in a rich tomato sauce or creamy alfredo sauce, the salted pasta water gives it flavor and helps prevent the noodles from sticking.
Angel hair pasta only takes about 3-4 minutes to cook. I recommend adding the noodles to the boiling water once you have added the tomatoes, olives, and chicken.
If you are a tomato lover like me, I recommend adding one more (10-ounce) can of tomatoes to this dish.