Being Italian, I’m always excited to try new pasta recipes. My latest one is this sheet pan chicken caprese pasta. It’s made with chicken tenderloins and packs in plenty of authentic Italian flavours. Baked chicken caprese with pasta can even be made gluten free and an easy chicken dinner. You will want to make this easy oven chicken caprese often!
As well as the spaghetti and chicken tenderloins, you will need cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and bocconcini (fresh mozzarella balls). These are of course the key ingredients in caprese salad.
Add oil and vinegar along with Italian seasoning and garlic. Finished off with parmesan and black pepper, this easy chicken dinner is a real winner!
How to Make Easy Oven Chicken Caprese
First you need to cook and drain the spaghetti and then you can combine the other ingredients. Put the chicken mixture on a baking sheet and cook until done.
I have to warn you, this smells incredible while it cooks and your mouth will begin to water! Now you can combine the spaghetti with the chicken mixture. This baked chicken caprese with pasta is ready to enjoy!
Sheet Pan Chicken Caprese Pasta Tips
The key to making this easy oven chicken caprese perfect is to use the best quality ingredients. Freshness is key so use fresh tomatoes and basil and good quality extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. You don’t have to use buffalo mozzarella balls but I find they’re worth an extra few cents for their yummy taste!
I like to cook the spaghetti when the chicken mixture is half-done, so they’re ready at the same time. The spaghetti will keep warm in a covered pan though and the heat from the chicken will warm it back up when combined.
Baked Chicken Caprese with Pasta Variations
There are variations to this easy chicken dinner made with chicken tenderloins if you want to tweak it. The spaghetti works well in this sheet pan chicken caprese pasta or you could try linguine or tagliatelle. Pasta shapes would work here too.
If you want a kick of spice you could add some red pepper flakes to this easy chicken dinner.
History of Caprese Salad
Known as insalata caprese in Italy, caprese salad is a popular choice. Tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella pair to make this wonderful salad. But what’s its history and where did it originate?
Well, caprese salad is coloured red, green and white just like the Italian flag and it’s usually served as an appetizer. This salad is named after the isle of Capri in Italy and it’s thought to have been invented there. The origin isn’t completely clear but it might have been created as a homage to the Italian flag. Another story is that it was created for visiting royalty and important politicians.
There are variations in caprese salad just like in this easy oven chicken caprese. For example, pesto or Italian dressing is something used rather than oil and balsamic vinegar. Romaine, arugula and black olives are optional ingredients. And sometimes oregano is used instead of dried Italian seasoning.
How to Serve Sheet Pan Chicken Caprese Pasta
When typical caprese ingredients are paired with spaghetti and made with chicken tenderloins, the result is this easy chicken dinner. It’s filling and tasty without being too heavy. And it’s bursting with the freshest flavours and has true Italian appeal!
You can serve this just as it is or consider a simple green salad on the side. Baked chicken caprese with pasta is perfect for any occasion too. It’s simple enough for a quick weeknight dinner or you can make it for a dinner party.
To continue the Italian theme you might like to make some fresh garlic bread. Perhaps that is carb overload but I always find a hot slice of garlic bread pairs so well with pasta. Must be the Italian in me!
It’s a classic Italian dish with the unmistakeable flavours of caprese in every forkful. You can make it with leftover cooked pasta. There isn’t much in the way of washing up since you are baking the chicken mixture on one baking sheet.
Any leftovers will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 2 or 3 days. You can warm it up in the microwave or in a pan over a low to moderate heat, and leftovers taste just as good.
This is one of the nicest Italian dishes I’ve made with chicken tenderloins. This sheet pan chicken caprese pasta is well worth adding to your weekly meal rotation. You could even try it with turkey or pork instead of chicken for a change of pace.
This beautifully balanced and easy oven chicken caprese always comes out great.
If you like this baked chicken caprese with pasta, you might also like One Pot Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes, Smoked Beer Can Chicken with Mexican BBQ Sauce or Flavourful Instant Pot Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin.
Sheet Pan Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe
Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Caprese Pasta
- 1 Lb. spaghetti
- 2 Lbs. chicken tenderloins
- 2 Pints cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 Cup basil fresh leaves
- 1 Cup bocconcini fresh mozzarella balls
- 1/4 Cup olive oil extra virgin
- 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 5 Cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tsp. peppercorn cracked
- Parmesan flakes, as garnish
- Cook and drain spaghetti noodles. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cut chicken tenderloins into 1” pieces
- Place chicken into a large mixing bowl. Combine with ½ of the basil, mozzarella balls, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, minced garlic, and peppercorn. Toss to coat
- Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Spread chicken Caprese mixture evenly over the sheet.
- Place into the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
- Pour sheet pan chicken into the spaghetti and stir. Garnish with remaining fresh basil and parmesan flakes and enjoy!
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you try out this sheet pan chicken caprese pasta recipe. I am going to work on more sheet pan dinner recipes to share soon. This one is such an easy chicken dinner for busy nights.
If you are looking for other sheet pan recipes, you might also like these Sheet Pan Blackened Tilapia Baja Fish Nachos.