Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta with Crème Fraîche
Make this flavor packed pasta in just 20 minutes - and don't be surprised if everyone asks for seconds! It's an addictive flavor combo of sun-dried tomatoes, basil, paprika & oregano - achieved with pantry staple dried herbs & minimal prep.
Add in the crème fraîche and mix well until the crème fraîche has melted. Bring to a simmer, lower the heat to medium, and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes or until you're ready to add in the pasta.
2 cups crème fraiche
Remove the garlic cloves from the chicken, then mix in the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and the cooked chicken with the sauce. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce as well. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
1 cups sun-dried tomatoes, ⅔ lb penne pasta
Taste test, season if needed with salt and ground black pepper, top with some dried basil, and serve!
Ingredient notes & substitutions
Pasta - choose your favorite kind
Crème fraîche can be swapped for cream (heavy cream, light, or half and half), add some lemon for acidity (1 tablespoon per 1 cup (240 ml))
Sun-dried tomatoes - I always use the kind that comes in oil. You can use dry as well but then you need to rehydrate them first by covering with hot water and allowing to soak for an hour or more.
Butter can be swapped for olive oil or other oil
Chicken thigh filets have much more flavor than chicken breasts - but either works
Tips & tricks
Add some spinach with the pasta for an extra nutrient packed dish
Add the whole garlic cloves for subtle garlic flavor that's not overpowering - and since it's easy to remove the large pieces you don't need to bite into a piece of garlic either
Fry the chicken in the same pan you will make the sauce in - otherwise you're missing out on lots of great taste
Frying the tomato paste deepens the taste - don't skip it!
Don't overcook the pasta - it will finish cooking in the sauce
Store leftovers in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 4 days
Freeze leftovers to keep them for up to 3 months
Reheat leftovers in the microwave in 1 minute increments