Tomato Chicken Bake

Easy Tomato Chicken Bake

So the other day I Googled “Explain Twitter to me” and the amount of information explaining Twitter is almost as confusing as Twitter itself. I figured it was high time I joined the rest of the World in the 21st Century, because apparently everyone and their mother (well, at least my Mother and, even more embarrassing, my Grandfather) are on Twitter.

Easy Tomato Chicken Bake

Mastering the Twitterverse (can you say that?!) is one of my goals for 2014. I’m sure you are all rolling your eyes out there but this is a serious issue. I’ve thought about creating an account numerous times but I feel overwhelmed when I see the hashtags, which I still want to call “pound symbols”, and @’s.

The whole site may as well be written in Wingdings.

Easy Tomato Chicken Bake

But all those articles “explaining Twitter” just made my head ache and my stomach rumble for something not complex yet comforting. Tomato Chicken Bake to the rescue! I have been making some variation of this dish for over two years. It is still one of my Husband’s favorites.

Essentially it’s rosemary chicken that I sear and then bake in a homemade tomato sauce. You can make it all in the same pan! That’s right – sauce and chicken all in the same pan!

Easy Tomato Chicken Bake

It’s healthy, hearty and, when served with a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, it’s about as comforting as it gets.

Easy Tomato Chicken Bake

If you’ve been around AHC, then you know how deep my obsession with cast iron skillets runs, but this Tomato Chicken Bake is one exception to my cast iron rule. After you brown the chicken and sauté the vegetables, I deglaze the pan with a dry white wine to help quickly build layers of flavors in the sauce. But! One should NEVER deglaze a cast iron skillet. Apparently this is a huge no-no, and the dish can take on a metallic taste. Umm eww. So I make this in a large stainless, oven-proof pan or Dutch oven (pictured) and you should too!

Easy Tomato Chicken Bake

The combination of searing the chicken and then baking it locks in the moisture. It will produce tender, juicy chicken breasts every single time.

Easy Tomato Chicken Bake

And who doesn’t want tender, juicy chicken?

No one. That’s who.

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Tomato Chicken Bake


In this Tomato Chicken Bake, rosemary encrusted chicken is seared and then baked in an aromatic tomato sauce. A tasty and healthy one-pan meal!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 smallish chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 28 oz can diced, roasted tomatoes, drained
  • ¾ cup chicken broth (An excellent chicken stock recipe here)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Egg Noodles & Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. In a small bowl mix salt, pepper and rosemary. Rinse and pat chicken breasts dry. Rub rosemary mixture on both sides of the chicken breasts.
  3. Heat a large stainless, oven-safe skillet (or enameled Dutch Oven) over medium heat until it is very hot. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, swirling to coat.
  4. Brown chicken breasts on both sides; remove to a plate and tent to keep warm.
  5. Add the second tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the onion, garlic, peppers, and mushrooms until the onions are translucent and the green peppers are tender.
  6. Deglaze pan with white wine, scraping the bottom to get any browned bits from the chicken off. Let boil for a minute or two.
  7. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pan and bring to a boil.
  8. Place the chicken back in the pan along with any accumulated juice. Mound the tomato sauce on top of each breast.
  9. Cover and bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until an instant read thermometer registers 165°. Let chicken rest 10 minutes while you cook your noodles.
  10. Serve over egg noodles with Parmesan cheese! Magnifique!


You can also make this in the same way using thinly sliced pork chops. An excellent variation!
Sometimes I add 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder. It gives it a slight kick and different flavor profile.


  • Serving Size: Serves 4


  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    February 27, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I just like….I do twitter. But I don’t DO twitter. I dunno. I do my best. But….I just can’t even deal with it. #sorryimnotsorry 😛

    I looove this dish-chicken and tomatoes and cheese and all kinds of goodness, mmm mmm mm!

    • Lindsey
      February 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

      At least you “do” Twitter at all! It just seems so scary – I’m probably going to say something and offend an entire Nation. #FirstWorldProblems (Totally catching on!)

      This dish is great when you don’t have time to make up a pot of sauce and you don’t have any in the freezer!

  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    February 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Looks delish! Lunch time right now. I am starving (as usual)! Your dish is making me more starving lol.

    I have a twitter account but hardly use it…still trying to figure it out. For some reason, the twitter app on my phone doesn’t work anymore (which I gotta figure out why), so maybe that’s why I hardly use it. I seem to use Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram the most. Do you Instagram? That’s my fav one!

    • Lindsey
      February 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Instagram is another one that is on my list to master in 2014. I think Instagram will be more up my alley. My Brother’s GF was on it incessantly over Xmas and it looked intriguing!

      I heart Pinterest. Fact.

  • Jenn @ The Spice Kit Recipes
    March 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I found your blog and love it! I saw this post about Twitter and it made me smile. I too don’t “do” Twitter, Instagram, or Google+ because I just don’t get them! I have accounts for each and have like 8 followers on Twitter. My brain doesn’t work well with this stuff and I barely “get’ Pinterest! Glad to know I’m not the only one. Beautiful pics!

    • Lindsey
      March 12, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      I’m so glad you found me Jenn! You are so not the only one! A blogger friend convinced me to start with Google + and go from there – baby steps! So today I signed up for Google+ and I felt like a complete idiot. It seemed so hard! I’m going to try and add you to my Google+ circle now and as soon as I take the plunge into Twitter, you’ll have 9 followers!! 🙂

      • Jenn @ The Spice Kit Recipes
        March 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

        Holy cow I find Google+ so dang confusing! Ugh.

        • Lindsey
          March 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

          Full Disclosure: it took me all day and I read tons of blog articles about it and I feel like I sort of understand what is going on. Sort of. 🙂

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  • Katy
    June 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I am with you on all things Twitter 🙂 I feel like such a tweet ;). The recipe looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Good look catching up with your grandfather.

    • Lindsey
      June 6, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      lol! I’m trying! At least I signed up and have tweeted and stuff!

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  • Sarah
    December 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    I’m curious can I just use extra chicken broth instead of wine?

    • Lindsey
      December 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Hi Sarah, you can but you won’t have the same flavor.

  • Kay
    March 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Love this recipe – Can you sub out chicken thighs for the chicken breast?

    • Lindsey
      March 6, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Absolutely, Kay! That would be delicious!

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