30 Minute Meal: Mediterranean Pasta Bake

We’ve all been there…work, school, little league, homework, projects, shopping…insanity.  It’s those nights when we need quick and hopefully, one pot (or skillet) dinners.  Keeping a bag of boneless, skinless chicken in my freezer and boxes of various pasta shapes is a necessity of every working mom’s (or dad’s) kitchen.

For this quick, one skillet dinner, I’ve combined my kids’ love of pasta with super simple boneless, skinless chicken breasts and Mediterranean ingredients to create a pasta bake that will get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less.

30 Minute Meal: Mediterranean Pasta Bake

30 Minute Meal: Mediterranean Pasta Bake


  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts-cut into small, bite-size pieces
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp of each: salt, black pepper, ground cumin, ground coriander, garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 c. chopped sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno-seeds & membranes removed & chopped
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c. sliced black olives
  • 1/2 pound small pasta, like radiatore
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella


  1. In a bowl, combine diced chicken and spices.  Toss to coat.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large (oven proof) skillet over medium high heat. Fry chicken in olive oil until lightly browned.
  3. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeno and continue to cook over medium heat until vegetables begin to soften.
  4. Deglaze pan with water.  Stir to remove all stuck on bits from the bottom of the skillet.  
  5. Add tomatoes, bay leaves, Italian seasoning, and salt.  Bring to a simmer.  
  6. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and continue to simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.  When pasta is al dente, drain in a colander.
  8. After 15 minutes of simmering, add sliced olives and cooked pasta.  Stir to combine.
  9. Top with shredded cheese and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese melts sufficiently.
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