Chicken with Capers and Tomatoes – Pasta Dish

by Marla on October 11, 2010 · 40 comments

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Healthy, simple to prepare chicken, tomato pasta recipe.

I have just returned home from BlogHer Food in San Francisco. I will be sharing more on that amazing event soon. In the mean time my mission is to give you healthy, whole food recipes that are yummy & simple to prepare. So to keep you inspired and  cooking those meals for your family, I came up with this delicious Italian Style Chicken with Capers and Cherry Tomatoes.

Recipe for Italian Style pasta dish for the family
This chicken with pasta recipe was quick and simple to toss together, but it tasted like so much more effort was put into it. When we use fresh, high quality whole food ingredients, the flavors speak for themselves. Adding capers, smoked paprika and excellent parmesan cheese gives a big flavor boost. Sautéeing and browning the chicken in a small amount of butter and garlic gives another rich dimension of flavor. If you like Puttanesca sauce, then you will love this dish.

Organic pasta with chicken recipe for the lunchbox or dinner.

This meal is great for lunch or dinner and is perfect for on the go lunchbox meals as well. Serve with your favorite side salad or steamed veggies for a full meal. Look how awesome it packs up into our Easy Lunchboxes.

Simple to prepare pasta for the home chef.

What is your favorite pasta dish you like to prepare for your family?

Chicken with Capers and Tomatoes

Makes about 8 servings


  • I used Garbanzo flour because I had it and wanted to experiment with it. You don’t have to hunt it down for this recipe. It serves as a light breading, you can use most other flours instead including whole wheat, corn, rice flour etc.


  • 2 pounds of Chicken Breast, trimmed of fat and cubed into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup Garbanzo flour
  • dash of each Smoked Paprika, Salt and Pepper
  • 5 diced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 2  teaspoons Butter
  • 1/2 pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Capers & a splash of the Caper juices
  • serve with shaved Parmesan, Romano or your favorite cheese


Coat chicken breast pieces in garbanzo flour. Heat a large non stick skillet over medium heat, add butter, olive oil & garlic. Lightly brown garlic and add smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet. Loosely cover pan & heat chicken until browned about 3 minutes. Flip with tongs and sauté another 3-4 minutes until all sides are browned and chicken is mostly cooked through.

Add cherry tomatoes, capers & caper juices. Cook another 3-4 minutes until flavors are well combined, tomatoes have softened  and chicken is cooked through.

Serve with brown rice or your favorite whole grain or GF pasta. Top with shaved Pecorino Romano, Feta or Parmesan Cheese

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  • This recipe is great for gluten-free diets if you stick with a GF flour to coat your chicken in before browning.
  • Use any pasta from whole wheat to Gluten Free ones as well.
  • Rice or quinoa would be a perfect substitution for the pasta as well.

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria October 11, 2010 at 7:14 am

I had so much fun with you this weekend. I am so glad we finally connected. I feel like you are my little sister:) Be in touch! Great recipe like always:)


2 Chris October 11, 2010 at 7:29 am

It was great meeting you this weekend!

I love this recipe, especially the “lunchability”. :) The addition of paprika and caper juices is an interesting and intriguing combination. I can’t wait to try this.

Have a great week!


3 Marla October 11, 2010 at 8:01 am

Chris: Great meeting you too this weekend. I am also very impressed with our friends who all ready have posted on our crazy busy weekend at BlogHer Food.

Heather: Yes, that is the nice thing about this recipe, most of us all ready have a lot of these ingredients on hand. The other great thing is there are lots of leftovers!

Maria: Finally we KNOW for sure that we are not only online friends, but AMAZING friends for real. xoxo


4 Heather (Heather's Dish) October 11, 2010 at 7:34 am

this looks amazing…and so simple too! come to think of it, i have all of the ingredients at home and am looking for something to make for dinner tonight…i think i’ve found it :)


5 Rosa October 11, 2010 at 8:00 am

A glorious chicken dish! Very flavorful looking.




6 naomi October 11, 2010 at 9:48 am

Love this recipe. Capers and smoked paprika-YUM. I can’t wait to try this for my family.


7 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 11, 2010 at 11:53 am

I really love this recipe. My kids will be excited as they love all of these ingredients! You are awesome, and I can’t wait to hear about your weekend. Great pictures and recipe, as always!


8 the urban baker October 11, 2010 at 11:56 am

oh how I love a puttanesca type dish. and this reminds me of one. this looks delicious. i am putting this on the menu this week! i loved our weekend together…i especially loved our walk sunday morning. my glutes are still burning!


9 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather October 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Can’t wait to read about your weekend, it would have been awesome to meet you in person if I could have gone. I love this recipe but my husband doesn’t like tomatoes or capers :( I’ll definitely use the garbanzo bean flour as a chicken coater though since I have some at home.


10 Chicago Cuisine Critique October 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm

This recipe looks awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)


11 A Canadian Foodie October 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, Marla! I can’t wait to hear all about your trip! I may be able to adapt this recipe to make with left over turkey. Love capers! Can you tell me which print this plug in you used – or how you activated it?


12 Katrina October 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm

This looks amazing! So tasty too.


13 Faith October 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm

What a great, flavorful meal! I love that you breaded the chicken in garbanzo bean flour — I’ve got a bag of that in my pantry that I really need to pull out and use more often and this is a great way to do it! I’m glad you had fun at BlogHer — can’t wait to hear more about it!


14 Christy October 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Hi there little lady!

It was great meeting you today at the Bakerella book signing. You seem really enthusiastic about your blog and helping your readers make quick and yummy dishes like this recipe. It looks like something I can actually make. =D

Looking forward to seeing more from you. {take care}


15 Barbara Bakes October 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I made a similar dish last month, but without the capers. Great addition!


16 Angie October 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I love this, so quick and easy, it’s like a stripped down Marengo almost, very nice.


17 Cookin' Canuck October 11, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Now this is a fresh, healthy dish that would disappear quickly in my house. Love the 1/2 cup of capers – you’re my kind of girl!

It was great to meet you this weekend. You are a volcano of energy (that’s a compliment) and great ideas.


18 Stephanie Meyer October 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I enjoyed meeting you/seeing you present at BlogHer this weekend! Tell me you had this post ready before you left…?!?! Although knowing your energy level, maybe not! :)


19 Anna Johnston October 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm

You have all the ingredients in this dish that make up a fave taste sensation for me here Marla. Looking forward to hearing all about BlogHerFood :)


20 Angie's Recipes October 12, 2010 at 12:57 am

This looks delicious and yet simple to make. I like it.


21 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food October 12, 2010 at 3:21 am

Delicious, quick, easy, lightened up pasta? This is such a great way bring fresh tastes into a one-dish meal that anyone would enjoy.


22 Velva October 12, 2010 at 4:59 am

This is a beautiful, simple and healthy meal. Love it! The idea that it is easily enjoyed at work, even better. Thanks for sharing.


23 Jennifer (Savor) October 12, 2010 at 5:26 am

You can pack a lunch for me any day!


24 Mags October 12, 2010 at 6:35 am

Great healthy chicken and pasta recipe!


25 Tracy October 12, 2010 at 7:53 am

This looks delicious and so easy to throw together!


26 Maris (In Good Taste) October 12, 2010 at 8:14 am

This looks fantastic. You can’t go wrong with chicken and pasta!


27 Cristina - Teenie Cakes October 12, 2010 at 10:34 am

Great looking pasta dish for lunch or dinner and luv the use of garbanzo flour.

I’m bummed I didn’t get to attend Blogher Food. I’m looking forward to your recap and hope I’ll have a better oppty next year to attend! :)


28 Ellie (Almost Bourdain) October 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Lovely recipes! Looks great. Stunning photos.


29 rebecca October 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm

looks wonderful can’t wait to hear about Blogher


30 The Duo Dishes October 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Capers have a way of making a dish sing. It’s the salty zing that makes it work. Another favorite is penne with butternut squash and sage.


31 Amanda October 13, 2010 at 5:28 am

I am definitely saving this, looks fabulous!


32 blackbookkitchendiaries October 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm

this looks so good. you have a beautilful site. so glad i stopped by. thank you for sharing.


33 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 14, 2010 at 8:41 am

This looks like a wonderful dish! Cold or hot, I’m sure it would have me and my husband drooling over our plates! Thanks for sharing!


34 FOODESSA October 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Love the fact that you decided to experiment more with the chickpea flour. I’ve been doing the same…especially with a savoury muffin ;o)

You put together a fabulous dish Marla…thank you for dedicating yourself to healthy as well as tasty eating 😉

Ciao for now,


35 lacey - a sweet pea chef February 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Thanks for the link to my site and recipe! Your recipe looks fantastic — great pics :)


36 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 23, 2011 at 8:04 am

Looks fantastic! I will be trying this one asap!


37 Carol April 13, 2012 at 1:08 am

The recipe looks amazing. And I bet it’s delicious too. I can’t wait to cook it. I think my family will be delighted.


38 Marla April 13, 2012 at 5:07 am

Oh I hope so Carol!! Enjoy :)


39 Mrs. G May 1, 2012 at 9:58 am



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