Chicken Mozzarella Pasta

This Chicken Mozzarella Pasta is so easy to make and can be ready in under 30 minutes! It's a delicious weeknight dinner the whole family will love.

Whenever I ask the kids what they want for dinner, I usually get some inspired responses, but frequently their answer is “pasta!” They're so pasta-mad, I can prepare it in an endless number of ways and they will always gobble it up, no questions asked. But if I really want to get some big oohs and aahhs out of them, this Chicken Mozzarella Pasta is good for a “wow” or two before they start their gobbling!

If you're a busy parent, this pasta dish is for you. It doesn't get much easier than this one. I can whip this recipe up in about 20 minutes, which is perfect when you've got a hungry family who's ready to eat! When you know you have a busy week coming up, pasta is always a good choice. It's filling, versatile and super simple. Here are some of my favorites -- Wild Mushroom PastaPasta MamaBaked Ziti and Lemon Shrimp Pasta

If this recipe sounds right up your alley, but you (or someone in the family) is vegetarian, you can totally sub tofu or just leave out the chicken entirely. It's still a satisfying, flavorful dish no matter what. The sautéed onions and sun dried tomatoes are a perfect pair providing a super simple but impressive taste!

When I made this recipe, I ended up popping my chicken breasts into the air fryer to cook them, but you can also grill them in a cast iron skillet or even boil them and then shred. Or for an even simpler version, pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store to save you a step.

Make this Chicken Mozzarella Pasta for dinner tonight and let me know what you think!

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Chicken Mozzarella Pasta (serves 6 )

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 5 mins

egg free

nut free


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1 16 ounce package pasta, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated


1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat and cook the onions for 4 minutes.

2. Add the garlic, sun dried tomatoes and salt and sauté for an additional minute.

3. Add the pasta, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine until heated through and the cheese begins to melt.

4. Serve.

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  • Audrey's Mom

    Yum! The girls love pasta as well. Maybe we will try this recipe soon. Thanks for the post!

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  • CuteEverything

    Sounds great! We love pasta in any form, also!

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  • Jeannette

    This recipe looks great. Unfortunately, my husband is not a fan of sun dries tomatoes. Do you think it would work to replace the sun dried tomatoes with 1 pint of roasted cherry tomatoes?

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    • Catherine

      Great idea! Love roast cherry tomatoes!

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  • Hosgerel

    How do you shred cooked chicken? I can make grilled chicken breast but not sure how to shred it.

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    • Haley

      i do it with 2 forks and just shred it into bite sized pieces after it is cooked. hope that helped.

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    • Yeni

      You can also throw the chicken into the food processor and pulse a few times. This technique is a lifesaver for me with my son who has food texture issues.

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    • Ana

      I just use my hands. I shred chicken all the time. Let it cool and use your clean fingers. This is faster than using any kind of utensils.

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  • I bet I could cheat and make this with a can of chicken I have in the pantry!

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  • Valerie

    You know what I love about your site, not only do you have great recipes that my whole family loves, you make recipes that are really easy to convert to gluten free! Thank you!

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  • Valerie

    oh and dairy free, gluten and dairy free! Thanks

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  • Bonnie

    I see you often use kosher salt. I usually use sea salt. why do you choose kosher?

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    • Catherine

      I love sea salt too, but for the same measure you may want to use a tiny bit less. I'm not a fan of table salt because it has a very iodized taste, although it's a good choice when baking. So many salts. I know it can be overwhelming, but kosher salt is great b/c it's inexpensive and has a clean salt taste. It's what most chefs use when cooking.

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  • Shay Shea

    This is dinner tonight! I can't wait.

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  • Sandy

    Deelicious,,, I can't wait also ....

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  • Susan

    We loved this great recipe..I made two changes and it was wonderful. I didn't have the sundried tomatoes, so I used canned diced. And used green, red, and yellow peppers rather than the basil. Thanks for the winning recipes.

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  • Andrea

    I just made this for dinner tonight, sooo tasty! It was easy and I served it with baked zucchini (Italian style). The only thing I would change is more sundried tomatoes next time!

    Thanks for another great recipe. :)

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  • MichelleS

    Thanks for another great recipe! My 6 yo now has a new love--sun-dried tomatoes!! :) Thanks again!!

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  • Cindy

    I made this recipe knowing full well that my 21 month old daughter would probably not like it as she has had an obsession with blended foods until recently. All I can say is, OH MY GOODNESS!!! She LOVED it. That's really an inadequate word for how much she liked it... Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with this mother who was worried her daughter would be eating blended foods until high school! ;-)

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  • Aimee

    What's the best way to cook the chicken? Boil then shred it?

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    • Mamie

      Ditto on this question please!

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  • Alla

    This is such a great dish! but the past 2 times i made it, i've had the worst time. Once i threw in way too much kosher salt, and it was not edible. To fix it, i put in tomato paste and cream, and it became absolutely delicious. Today my husband asked me to make it with the creamy tomato sauce again, and turned out i bought diced tomatoes with green chillies by accident, didn't notice this until i tasted the dish and was confused by the spice. It is still delicious, just afraid it's way too spicy for the kids, but we will see :).

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