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Chicken Breast with Tomatoes and Garlic

Olena Osipov
5 from 39 votes

Chicken Breast with Tomatoes and Garlic in a skillet

Garlic Tomato Chicken

Quick and healthy chicken breast with tomatoes that are in their prime ripeness end of August – beginning of September. And the ones I can’t stop buying during my farmers market haul every week. So juicy, sweet and tender,  local tomatoes are nothing like supermarket’s “cardboard” tomatoes we are about to experience. So hurry up and eat them while you can.

This tomato chicken came out super juicy because thin tenders are quickly seared and combined with fresh tomato sauce. So-so quick and delicious!

What to Serve Chicken and Tomatoes With?

In best Ukrainian tradition, I served chicken and tomatoes with buckwheat (love buckwheat!), but you can use more familiar whole wheat spaghetti, quinoa or brown rice. And introduce yourself to buckwheat next with buckwheat soup or buckwheat stir fry.

Tomato chicken served with buckwheat on a plate

If you need help with eating tomatoes (half of mine disappear as slices sprinkled with salt), check out my tomato and red onion salad, lettuce tomato cucumber salad and tomato feta pasta salad.

This week I bought 10 lbs box and made rice stuffed tomatoes with enchilada sauce.

How to Make Chicken Breast with Tomatoes and Garlic

chicken breast with tomatoes ingredients

Cut chicken breasts into tenders, season with dried oregano, salt and pepper; gently toss around to coat right on the cutting board. Save the bowls.

garlic cloves and sliced tomatoes on a cutting board

My tip on peeling garlic cloves quickly is to smash it with flat side of a knife first, then peel and mince. Easy-peasy, no need for plastically jarred minced garlic. I seriously question its freshness, flavour and country of origin.

Cut fresh tomatoes into half moon shape slices. Look for any kind of ripe and juicy tomatoes – I used beefsteak. In winter, tomatoes on the vine would be the best choice.

chicken in a skillet

Sear seasoned chicken on one side until its edges turn white. Flip and cook until golden brown.

tomatoes in a skillet

Then you want to sauté garlic and oregano for a bit to help release their flavours. There should be some drippings and oil left in the skillet from cooking chicken – utilize them to add more flavour to our chicken breast with tomatoes.

And last but not least, spread tomatoes on top of garlic and spices. They will start releasing their juices while cooking making the most delicious fresh tomato sauce, leaving canned one in your pantry for cold winter nights.

That’s it. Enjoy!

Chicken and tomatoes garnished with basil in a skillet

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Chicken Breast with Tomatoes and Garlic

Chicken Breast with Tomatoes is 30 minute healthy dinner recipe with quickly seared chicken tenders, then sautéed with fresh tomatoes, garlic and oregano.
4.98 from 39 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American Ukrainian
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

Chicken Breasts:

  • 2-3 lbs chicken breast ~4 large, boneless & skinless
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Avocado oil

Sauce:

  • 3 lbs ripe tomatoes 4 large, cut into half moon shapes
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Basil or parsley finely chopped

Instructions

  • Cut chicken breasts into tenders.
  • Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss around to coat evenly.
  • Slice tomatoes and chop garlic.
  • Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl a bit of oil to coat.
  • Add half of chicken and cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown on each side. Transfer to a dish and cook remaining chicken this way.
  • Reduce heat to low, add garlic and 1/2 tsp oregano. Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently (add a bit of oil if there was none left from cooking chicken).
  • Layer tomatoes on top, sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt and pepper to taste. Turn up the heat to medium and cook tomatoes for about 5 minutes, gently tossing them around (if tomatoes aren’t juicy enough, add a splash of water).
  • When tomatoes have released their juices and turned into fresh tomato sauce, turn off the heat and return chicken back to skillet.
  • Gently tuck it in between tomatoes and sprinkle with fresh basil or parsley.
  • Serve warm with whole wheat spaghetti, quinoa, brown rice or buckwheat.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 830mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1451IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

    What You Will Find Here

    Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

    A Little More About Me

    Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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    1. 5 stars
      I’m finishing up this dish as I type. I can tell it’s going to be scrumptious. The smell of the dish is wafting through the kitchen and making my mouth water. It was super easy to make so that is a plus as well.

    2. Simply amazing dish. Myself and significant other loved this dish. The flavours popped and left us wanting more. I only had 2lbs of grape tomatoes and 3 chicken breasts and still used all the spices and it was amazing. Ty ty for such a great recipe

    3. 5 stars
      Hi! I am a high school teacher in SC. We are creating a recipe corner for students and parents in our school newspaper that will be printed and digital. We would love to use this recipe, but want to ensure that we follow copyright policy. Would you please advise if this is okay to do and how you would prefer to be acknowledged as the creator? Thanks so much!

    4. 5 stars
      I made this recipe tonight, followed the entire recipe and served with whole wheat spaghetti topped with fresh parmesan cheese! Tasted amazing, this is so heathy and full of flavor!! I can’t wait to make it again! Thank you Olena for the amazing recipe, I love your blog!

    5. 5 stars
      She loved it!!!

      My significant other enjoyed this meal and so did I. This was served with a bed of brown rice and I didn’t even use a drop of oil!

      Thank you for the recipe 🙂

    6. I am making this tonight. Adding red peppers and I only had diced chicken breast.
      I will let you know how it turns out.
      Thanks for recipe!!

    7. 5 stars
      I was looking to use up some tomatoes and this recipe fit the bill. Delicious! My hubby wasn’t sure about the tomatoes, then loved the results, and so did our kids. Thank you!

    8. 5 stars
      I could not be more thrilled that I found this website. We have been eating all our junky snacks by the hour and were desperately in need of some healthy, easy food! Most of the shopping we had to do was just the veggies. It felt so great to cook an absolutely DELICIOUS meal last night in under 30 minutes. We are beyond excited to make the Salmon tonight and chicken lettuce wraps tomorrow! So thankful for you, please keep these amazing recipes coming!!! (Am sharing this website on my workout facebook group, too!)

    9. 5 stars
      I am happy to have found you Olena! I love real people who eat real food!! I was looking for a sugar free oatmeal cookie recipe to give my husband as a snack and was delighted with you and your recipes because of your no nonsense approach. I cook a lot like you, but I don’t have an instapot, yet, so I am still using my good old pressure cooker, crockpot and rice cooker. But today my brain was on overload and I was running late, so I looked over your chicken recipes and said, yes, this is what my family needs right now. It was very easy and good! Plus I had a 2 1/2 lb bag of chicken tenders at home so I didn’t have to cut them 🙂 and 6 very ripe tomatoes so I used all. My only changes were: I don’t cook with salt, and didn’t have fresh basil so used a tsp dried and also added 2 handfulls of baby spinach for the bright green leaves effect and also added a handful of sliced baby bella mushrooms that were in my fridge begging to be eaten and I used canola oil. Served with some leftover rice. Now I am glad to have leftover chicken and sauce for tomorrow’s lunch. We’re all happy that I’m about to make those oatmeal cookies next. Will let you know how they turn out 🙂 – stay healthy!

    10. Good morning! I hope you can respond soon. I’m looking for good meals to lower High Cholesterol. Not something I have expected to have to do. I’m going to try this recipe. Wanted to know dinners would be good for me? Can you please help!

      1. As I am not a doctor I honestly wouldn’t be able to give you that advice. Sorry wish could help more. We do provide nutiritional info on each recipe though which you can refer to after speaking to a medical provider. Good luck!

    11. 4 stars
      Excellent taste for kids and adults. Good instruction. A little wordy to an otherwise 5 star recipe (hard to follow with kids chattering at the same time).

      1. I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Rebecca! It is an older recipe and now with more experience I have updated and simplified instructions. On another note, English is my 2nd language, and this recipe is not traditional American one so I wanted to make sure readers get the best result. Plus after raising 2 kids I can tell you that it is not easy to follow any recipe with kids chattering at same time. Or do anything, in fact LOL.

    12. 5 stars
      We all loved the flavor and I loved how quick and easy it was. I did add a small container of fresh spinach with the tomatoes for an extra boost of veggies.

    13. 5 stars
      I am Latina and rely on spanish seasonings especially adobo and sofrito. This was my first time I follow a recipe to almost a T. I I used 3 garlic cloves instead of 5 because of heartburn issues on my part and it was amazing. My 16 year old son just recently started hating jarred tomato sauce but asked for extra sauce. The chicken was amazingly tender and seasoned. So easy and delicious thank you!!

    14. 5 stars
      This was so easy to make and it tasted so good! I put it over white rice since I didn’t have brown rice, or quinoa at home already!

      I made a romaine salad topped with tuna salad, eggs, tomatoes, and cucumbers to accompany this side so I wouldn’t eat much rice!

      Wish I could post a photo of the finished product!

    15. 5 stars
      Wow! This was really good and easy to make! I needed a recipe to get rid of the tomatoes and extra chicken breast that I had in the fridge and found this recipe. This is one of the few times I actually craved the tomatoes and kept wanting more. So glad to find something easy yet healthy.

    16. 5 stars
      Very tasty! I brined the chicken first – which always helps with breasts – but it came together easily, quickly, and very satisfyingly. We’ll do this again!

    17. 5 stars
      Wow this looks so simple and delicious! My family is currently packing to move across the country and all I had in my refrigerator was Tomatoes on the vine, and chicken in my freezer. (Obviously a few other things) I had no idea what to make for dinner until I came across this recipe! I will be making this tonight as it looks wonderful! I think my husband and daughter will love it!! Thank you for the recipe!

    18. Hi, it does not mention what you are searing the chicken in…you need some sort of oil or something??? This question if for the Chicken Breast with tomatoes.

    19. 5 stars
      Delicious! We served over quinoa (made the quinoa in chicken stock and added a touch of salt and soy sauce) and the dish was wonderful. Will definitely be making this again in the future.

      Thank you!

    20. 5 stars
      Made this recipe Sunday(4/14/19)… another hit in our house – definitely a 5 star!!. My husband came in from work & smelled the aroma coming from the kitchen & wanted to know what was cooking as he said he bet it’s as good as it smells – IT WAS!! He has ask me where I got the recipe(s) every time I’ve made one of your dishes. Thanks Olena… I’ll be making more of your recipes!

        1. 5 stars
          Garlic is a staple in our house… love it! I added white wine vinegar after the tomatoes went in… and maybe a little more garlic. It was, as I mentioned, 5 Star Delicious!!!

    21. After eyeing this recipe for a week now… decided to make it today for lunch… surprise my husband when he gets home from work. I’ve not tasted it yet but… I can tell you at this moment it smells devine & I hope I can wait until my hubby gets home to eat it. I’ll let you know afterward… rate it. It’s more than likely going to be another 5 ? I suspect. The aroma in the kitchen is definitely making me hungry!!

    22. 5 stars
      Looking for something different to cook and saw this – quick and easy to make – didn’t have large tomatoes so used a box of tiny tomatoes which seem to work well. Really tasty

    23. 5 stars
      I have made this before but tonight I added a small onion, one jalapeno and mushrooms while I was cooking the garlic. After the tomatoes went in I added some white wine and balsamic vinegar.

      Fantastic!!!

    24. 5 stars
      I made it for the first time and it was delicious. I will definitely make it often as my husband loved it too. I used rice as a side dish.

    25. Hi Olena, this looks really good. You used to include nutrition info and sometimes WW points…Do you not do that anymore? Thanks and always enjoy making your recipes.

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