Chicken with Garlic-Tomato Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Aug. 22, 2023
My husband and I made up this recipe as we went along, and we love the way this chicken in tomato sauce turned out. It reminds us of dishes we've had at Italian restaurants. —Angela Schellenberg, Steinbach, Manitoba
Chicken with Garlic-Tomato Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Italian tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Minced fresh rosemary, optional


  1. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with pepper. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, brown chicken on each side in 1 teaspoon oil. Remove and keep warm.
  2. In the same skillet, saute tomatoes and garlic in remaining oil for 1 minute. Add carrots; saute 2-3 minutes longer. Combine the tomato sauce, broth, tomato paste and rosemary; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil.
  3. Return chicken to the pan. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until a thermometer reaches 165° and carrots are crisp-tender, 10-12 minutes. Serve with pasta. If desired, sprinkle with additional rosemary.
Chicken in Tomato Sauce Tips

Can you use canned tomatoes instead of fresh to make the tomato sauce?

If you can’t get your hands on fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes are a great substitute! One 14.5-ounce can of tomatoes is roughly equal to 5 or 6 peeled tomatoes, which is about 1 pound. Here are some other creative ways to cook with canned tomatoes.

What else can you add to chicken in tomato sauce?

This recipe is a great vehicle for playing around with different herbs and spices you love! Fresh or dried oregano, red pepper flakes, or even your own blend of Italian seasoning can make great additions to this dish.

What else can you serve with chicken in tomato sauce?

Instead of serving this with the traditional pasta, try something a little lighter such as roasted vegetables or an easy side salad.

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 197 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 510mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable.