Linguine with herb grilled chicken in tomato basil sauce

Rosemary and thyme infused grilled chicken in a bowl of linguine covered in tomato basil sauce

Yields: 4-5 servings, Prep Time: 15 mins, Total Time: 25 mins


500 gms linguine

2 chicken breasts

3 ripe tomatoes, chopped

1 medium red onion, chopped

7 cloves of garlic, 5 chopped & 2 crushed

1/4 cup basil, chopped

1/2 cup parmesan, shredded

2 tsp rosemary

1 tsp thyme

Olive oil

Salt and Pepper 


1. Pour 2 tablespoon olive oil over chicken. Rub thyme, rosemary, and salt over it. Set aside to marinate for at least 15-20 minutes.

2. Bring water to boil in a large pot over a high flame. Add crushed garlic to it. 

3. Add linguine. Make sure it is completely immersed in water. Then add 2 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt in the pot. 

4. Reduce the heat to a medium flame, and let it cook for around 8-10 minutes. Strain and set aside. Make sure to throw away the garlic.

5. Heat some olive oil in a saucepan over a medium flame. Sautée onions, chopped garlic, and tomatoes. Add a cup of water to it. Cover with lid and let it cook for 15 minutes or till the mixture softens. 

6. Add this in a mixer and purée it. Add the puréed mixture back in the saucepan and heat it over a low flame. 

7. Add basil, parmesan, salt and pepper to taste. Stir and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Transfer sauce to a bowl/jar and set aside.

8. Grill chicken over a pan on a medium flame for around 15-20 minutes. Keep turning sides in intervals. Once done, take it off the pan and roughly chop it.

9. Finally, put it all together in a bowl. First add linguine and a dash of olive oil, then add chicken, and top it off with some sauce. Mix it well. Sprinkle some shredded parmesan over it. Dig in!


  • You can use spaghetti/pasta instead of linguine too. 

  • Use fresh and ripe tomatoes for the sauce.

  • Add some butter in the sauce, and throw in some roasted garlic in the linguine to enhance the flavor.