Description: Food Network Kitchen's Caprese Chicken Breasts Pan-Fried from Frozen. Keywords: Chicken Breasts, Black Pepper, Salt, Beefsteak Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil
Recipe courtesy of Heath Goldman for Food Network Kitchen

Marinara Poached Chicken from Frozen

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
It’s dinnertime, and suddenly you realize you haven’t thawed the chicken breasts. No problem! With this recipe, you can gently cook them right from the freezer in marinara sauce, which infuses the chicken with flavor and moisture. Add some spaghetti and boom! A complete dinner with just 15 minutes of work.



  1. Add the chicken to a large skillet and cover completely with the marinara sauce. Bring the marinara to a simmer over high heat, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer, flipping the chicken once halfway through and rotating the pan every so often to ensure even cooking, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of chicken reaches 165 degrees F, 30 to 35 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente according to the package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water.  
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinara sauce, then slice it and season with 1 teaspoon salt. Add the pasta and reserved cooking water to the marinara sauce and cook over medium-low heat, tossing occasionally, until the sauce coats the pasta, 1 to 2 minutes.  
  4. To serve, divide the pasta among 4 plates and top each with some sliced chicken and parsley if using.