Mediterranean Chicken and Pasta

If I had to choose the dish I would rather have than any other, it would probably be this one. It combines several of my favorites flavors: balsamic vinegar (which I believe to be The Ultimate Condiment), feta cheese, and grilled chicken. It is a quick and delicious meal that packs a lot of flavor.

We have always called this dish Chicken Orecchiette, but it can be made with any kind of small hearty pasta. When we were preparing the dish for photos and video, we didn’t have access to orecchiette and had to use shells. Many of you have told us in the past that you also didn’t have access to it. Mediterranean Chicken with Pasta is a better descriptor and isn’t limited to a specific type of pasta, so we are changing the name for clarity.

If I have cooked chicken, peppers, and onions from the freezer, I can have this on the table in about 15 minutes. If not, it still comes in at under 30 minutes.

Sauté the pepper and onion in about a tablespoon of oil over medium heat, then add the tomatoes and basil. Fire-roasted tomatoes are really good in this dish.

Cast iron skillet cooking chopped chicken, diced tomatoes, and fresh basil

Mix the cooked shells with the balsamic vinegar and add to the pan along with the Parmesan and feta cheeses.

Cast iron skillet with shell pasta, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar

Season to taste with salt and pepper and sprinkle with additional feta before serving.

Bowl of shell pasta with tomatoes, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar with text Mediterranean Chicken with Pasta

Forkful of shell pasta with tomatoes, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar

Bowl of shell pasta with tomatoes, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar with text Mediterranean Chicken with Pasta

Mediterranean Chicken with Pasta

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 6
Calories per Serving: 485
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4 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, and grilled chicken combine to create a perfect blend of flavors, and with grilled chicken from the freezer, it is a quick and delicious meal.


  • 16 oz shell or orecchiette pasta, cooked & rinsed
  • 1/2 cup light extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 medium red pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cups cooked and cubed chicken
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2-3 tsp. dried)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Dice red pepper and onion; sauté in a tablespoon of oil. And chicken, tomatoes, and basil and mix well. In a bowl, combine cooked pasta and balsamic vinegar. Add to pan with chicken and vegetables. Season with salt and pepper then add feta and Parmesan cheeses. Toss well and serve immediately.


  1. Orecchiette pasta's hearty thickness is the perfect for this dish, but not all stores carry it. If you can't find it, pasta shells are the best substitution.
  2. This can be made vegetarian by omitting the chicken or using your favorite plant-based substitution.
Recipe Author: Mary Ann Kelley

Bowl of shell pasta with tomatoes, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar with text Mediterranean Chicken with Pasta

About Mary Ann

Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

Mary Ann loves cooking and she loves planning/organizing, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. She believes her mission for the meal plans is being fulfilled when visitors let her know that she has helped them save time and money by teaching them to plan ahead and become more efficient in the kitchen.

When Mary Ann is not cooking or publishing, she enjoys reading, researching genealogy, and traveling.


  1. I had gotten behind today and we had eaten all of our grilled chicken so I bought a rotisserie chicken at the store and threw that in with the pasta. It was a quick and easy meal.

    • Thanks, Joanna. I’ve done that before and it was good, but I found that the chicken shredded more than I preferred because it was so tender. It’s an easy and cheap way to do prepared chicken, though.

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