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Pesto Chicken Caprese Pasta

This pesto chicken Caprese pasta is packed full of pesto grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and lots of basil. You’ll love this delicious pasta not only because it’s delicious but because it’s ready in just 30 minutes! 

Pesto Chicken Caprese Pasta on a platter.

If there is one thing I’m craving at least weekly it’s pasta!

This pesto chicken Caprese pasta is topped with pesto grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and a balsamic glaze drizzle.

If flavorful pasta is your thing this recipe is just what you want.

Plus, if you’re celebrating the bounty of your garden you can use your own homemade pesto, pasta, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil.

It’s the perfect summertime pasta!

Pesto Chicken Caprese Pasta on a large platter.

Ingredients for pesto chicken caprese pasta:

  • Chicken cutlets – These grill up easy and fast because they are much thinner than full chicken breasts.
  • Pesto – I used store bought pesto for this recipe but if you have any homemade on hand that works well here too!
  • Grape and diced tomatoes – I used a mixture of both fresh grape tomatoes for freshness and tinned diced tomatoes for
  • Garlic – Would any Italian inspired dish be complete without garlic? Add more or less depending on your love of garlic.
  • Pasta – I used fettuccine in this recipe but you can easily substitute any pasta shape you love or have on hand.
  • Mozzarella balls – I used small marble sized balls of fresh mozzarella for delicious fresh flavor.
  • Fresh basil – The addition of fresh basil gives this caprese pasta a fresh summer feel.
  • Parmesan cheese – Just a touch for even more Italian flavor.
  • Balsamic glaze – I love the tangy zip of Balsamic glaze but it’s optional. If you don’t feel like making it you can also pick up storebought
Ingredients to make Pesto Chicken Caprese Pasta.

Substitutions and additions

If you’re looking for a few simple changes you could do I have you covered!

  • Different protien or cut – Not a fan of chicken cutlets? Try my using boneless skinless chicken thighs. If you want to totally swap things up replace the chicken with grilled shrimp or steak.
  • Swap up the pasta – For this post I used fettuccine pasta but you could easily use whatever past shape you have on hand. Any cut of long pasta or shape will likely work here.
  • Change the cheese – If you can’t find fresh mozzarella feel free to leave it out or sprinkle in osme shredded mozzarella. The texture isn’t exactly the same but it will still taste great. If you can only find a large ball of fresh mozzarella simply cut it into squares.
  • Make it from scratch – Don’t love storbought pesto? Why not make your own? Here are a few recipes you just might like Garlic Scape Pesto, Beet Green Pesto, or my pistachio mint pesto.

How to store

If you happen to have any leftover pasta it can easily be stored!

Add any leftovers to an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat I like to add a little chicken stock or pesto to the pasta to help loosen it up and then warm in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Pesto Chicken Caprese Pasta topped with grilled chicken.

More delicious pasta recipes

This pesto chicken Caprese pasta is packed full of flavor and packed full of pesto grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and lots of basil. You'll love this fresh pasta not only because it's fresh but because it's easy and ready in just 30 minutes!

Pesto Chicken Caprese Pasta

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This pesto chicken Caprese pasta is packed full of pesto grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and lots of basil. You'll love this delicious pasta not only because it's delicious but because it's ready in just 30 minutes! 
4.67 from 15 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings


For chicken:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken cutlets
  • 1/4 cup store-bought pesto
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

For pasta:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound pasta cooked
  • 1 pound small mozzarella balls
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1/3 cup chiffonade basil
  • 2 cups reserved pasta water
  • Grated parm for topping
  • Crushed red pepper flakes for topping
  • Balsamic glaze for topping

For balsamic glaze:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar


For chicken:

  • Coat chicken in pesto and desired amount of kosher salt and pepper.
  • Grill until fully cooked, set aside.

For pasta:

  • In a large high-sided skillet add 1 tablespoon olive oil and set over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot add in the tomatoes blistering their skin until they just start to soften. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  • To the same skillet add diced tomatoes and garlic.
  • Simmer just for a few minutes just to combine flavors.
  • Add in the cooked pasta and toss.
  • Moisten the pasta with reserved pasta water if needed. You can also drizzle on a bit of olive oil or add more pesto if you desire.
  • Add in blistered tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and fresh basil. Toss to combine.
  • Sliced chicken and toss with pasta.
  • If desired, sprinkle top with grated parm, crushed red pepper flakes, and balsamic glaze.

For balsamic glaze:

  • Add balsamic vinegar to a small pan and set over medium-high heat.
  • Once the vinegar starts to bubble turn the heat down to low and let simmer until thick and syrupy.
  • Make sure to whisk or stir your glaze while you're cooking it down. DO NOT leave this unattended. You can go from perfect glaze to burn smelly mess in seconds.
  • This whole process should take about 10 minutes and leave you with about 1/4 cup glaze.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1265kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 89g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 261mg | Sodium: 1238mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 18g
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword caprese pasta, easy pasta recipes, italian pasta, pasta recipes, pesto chicken, pesto chicken caprese pasta, pesto pasta
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About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

Recipe Rating


Friday 22nd of September 2023

This was delicious! So fresh and flavorful. I loved the balsamic glaze. I will be using that for other recipes too. I added just about all 2 c. of the pasta water to the dish with my tomatoes. It cooks the noodles a little more and flavors them. Good idea! Thank you much for the recipe. It's a keeper!


Sunday 21st of August 2022

This was delicious and I used the tomatoes and basil from my garden!

Karen Branco

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

This dish was delicious. As always a Nutmeg Nanny recipe doesn't disappoint.

Diane Farris

Sunday 6th of August 2017

Your neighbors really appreciated this!! In fact, I heard they would like for you to make it again for them. :)

Laurie McNamara

Saturday 17th of September 2016

I made this a couple weeks ago and it was SO FREAKING GOOD! My whole family loved it! Easy to prepare and DELICIOUS!


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