chicken breasts cooking in skillet with tomato sauce

Easy Chicken in Tomato Sauce

This one skillet 30 minute dinner will become one of your go to week night meals!  Made with quick cooking chicken breasts and store bought canned tomatoes with just a hint of cream!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
287 kcal


  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes tomato sauce can be substituted
  • 1 14 ounce can roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/8 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning or 1 tsp dried basil and oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces cooked spaghetti or rice prepared according to package directions


  1. Heat large skillet on medium high heat.

  2. While skillet heats, rub chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.

  3. Place prepared chicken into skillet and do not touch for 3-4 minutes or until chicken releases easily from the pan and forms a nice crust.

  4. Remove seared to chicken and set aside. (the chicken will not be fully cooked but will continue to cook in the tomato sauce later).

  5. Reduce heat of skillet to medium.  Add one tablespoon of olive oil.  Add onion and saute until translucence.  3-4 minutes.  Add chopped garlic and cook an additional minutes.

  6. Add crushed tomatoes, drained diced roasted tomatoes, heavy cream and italian seasoning to skillet.  Bring to a simmer.  Add chicken back to pan and simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees.

  7. Prepare pasta or rice according to package directions and serve with sauce and chicken.  Sprinkle with grated parmesan if desired.

Recipe Notes

Use our easy method to sear chicken breasts.



Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken in Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 319mg9%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.