This Tomato Basil Pasta with Balsamic Grilled Chicken is a lighter pasta dish filled with fresh tomatoes and basil. An easy and flavorful dinner perfect for weeknights!
I’m getting a little nervous about the tomatoes in my garden this year. It seems like I should be eating them by now, but I’ve only had one that was ripe. I have four tomato plants all with different varieties on them and they are loaded…with green tomatoes. A few have started to change color, but are no where near ready to pick. Of course the cooler weather last weekend and more today and tomorrow aren’t helping. So in case you’re wondering, no, this Tomato Basil Pasta with Balsamic Grilled Chicken was not made with my garden tomatoes, but it was still delicious.
I was so annoyed that I had about a hundred tomatoes growing on my plants, but nope couldn’t use them, I had to go buy some at the store. Pretty much the only tomatoes I will buy from the store are cherry tomatoes. They’re the only ones that ever taste halfway decent. I lucked out and the pint I picked out were some of the sweetest and best I’ve had in a long time. They were perfect for this pasta dish.
At first this was just going to be tomato basil pasta, but I wanted to add some protein and make it a more filling dinner. If you’re vegetarian or looking for something to make on meatless Monday, just skip the chicken and it’s just as good. If you do include the balsamic grilled chicken, you’re going to love it! The marinade is so simple. Balsamic vinegar, pesto, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper. You can marinate it for an hour or overnight like I did, either way you’ll end up with some super flavorful and juicy chicken!
I used whole wheat pasta because if I’m going the pasta route I like to keep it whole grain, plus it fills me up faster. I know some people don’t like whole wheat pasta, but it’s nuttier flavor actually pairs really well with the fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic. This Tomato Basil Pasta with Balsamic Grilled Chicken is a delicious, healthy and easy to make dinner and if you’re lucky one that you can use those tomatoes from your garden in!