Skillet Caprese Chicken Casserole


This one-skillet dinner features the flavors of a summer caprese salad. Fresh tomatoes and basil are combined with chicken and pasta and cooked in a creamy sauce before being topped with a layer of melted mozzarella. A good-quality balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of fresh basil completes the dish.

Skillet Caprese Chicken Casserole
Photo: Brie Passano
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne or rotini

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil, divided

  • 2 ¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup reduced-fat milk

  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Good-quality balsamic vinegar (optional)


  1. Combine pasta, chicken, tomatoes and 1/4 cup basil in a large broiler-safe skillet. Whisk broth, milk, sour cream, flour, onion powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper together in a measuring cup. Pour over the pasta mixture. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook, stirring twice, until the pasta is tender and the chicken is cooked through, 14 to 16 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high. When the casserole is done, sprinkle cheese on top and broil until the cheese is melted and lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve sprinkled with the remaining 1/4 cup basil and a drizzle of vinegar, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

354 Calories
10g Fat
38g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 31g 62%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Vitamin A 934IU 19%
Sodium 329mg 14%
Potassium 592mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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