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A pan-seared chicken, smothered and baked in a mozzarella tomato sauce. Served on a plate of cheesy and pasta with glazed carrots on the side.

This recipe takes a little extra effort to make, but it is really worth the work.

Baked Tomato Chicken on Mozzarella Pasta with Sweet Carrots

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, Pasta
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 Small Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic minced
  • ½ Cup Onion chopped
  • 1 Can Crushed Tomatoes 14 ounce
  • ½ Teaspoon Italian Seasoning and Red Pepper Flakes mix
  • ¼ Teaspoon Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded

Cheesy Noodles

  • 1 Cup Milk
  • ½ Cup Monterey Jack cheese Grated
  • ½ Cup Cheddar Cheese Grated
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Cups Pasta

Sweet Carrots

  • 1 Pound Carrots chopped
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Unsalted Butter

To Serve

  • Parsley chopped

Instructions

Chicken

  • Sprinkle the chicken with a pinch of pepper on both sides.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat with olive oil
  • Add the chicken to the skillet and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until the chicken is completely seared.

Tomato Sauce

  • Preheat the oven on the broiler setting.
  • Add the onions to the oil remaining in the pan. If there isn’t any, add in about ½ teaspoon and sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes until the soften.
  • Add the garlic and let cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, dried basil, and pesto and stir to combine.
  • When the sauce reaches a simmer, add a ¼ cup of water, lower the heat, cover and allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the sauce thickens a bit.
  • Season with pepper to taste.

Sweet Carrots

  • Chop 1 pound of carrots and place in an oven safe dish.
  • Cover with brown sugar and butter.
  • Cook in oven at 350 for 20 minutes.

Assemble

  • Nestle the chicken breasts into the sauce and using a spoon, cover the chicken with sauce.
  • 5 minutes before the chicken is done add cheese on top of chicken and cook until the cheese gets nice and bubbly and just melts.
  • Place in the over for 20 minutes.
  • Top with chopped parsley or basil ribbons.
  • Serve on top of cheesy pasta and sweet carrots on the side.
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