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One Dish Chicken Bake Recipe

This One Dish Tomato Chicken Bake is prepared with flavorful chicken breasts baked on a bed of tomatoes and covered in cheese! It makes for a one-pan chicken dinner the whole family will enjoy.

Overhead image of four chicken breasts nestled in tomato sauce and topped with melty cheese.


Tomato Chicken Bake

This Tomato Chicken Bake is a straightforward one-pan wonder. The tomatoes serve as a moist base, ensuring the chicken remains juicy and tender throughout the cooking process. Paired with aromatic seasonings and topped with a layer of melted gruyere cheese, this dish is not just about the taste but also about the melty textures. The crunch of the onions, the creaminess of the cheese, and the tenderness of the chicken make it a dish that’s sure to make everyone happy, kids included.

What truly stands out in this Chicken Bake with tomatoes isn’t just its flavor, but also its ease of preparation. You get the essence of a slow-cooked meal with a fraction of the time and effort. As the chicken simmers and bakes within the mixture, it absorbs the flavors of the garlic, onions, and herbs, resulting in a moist and delicious bite every time.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Balanced Meal: It provides a good balance of protein from the chicken, vitamins from the tomatoes, and fats from the cheese and olive oil.
  • Customizable: It’s easy to adjust the seasoning or add other ingredients based on personal preference.
  • Tried and True Ingredients: Utilizing staple kitchen ingredients means there’s no need for last-minute grocery store trips.
Overhead image of chicken breasts nestled in a sauce of diced tomatoes and topped with melted gruyere cheese.

Ingredients For Tomato Chicken Bake

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Diced Tomatoes provide a juicy and tangy base for the dish.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Yellow Onion & Garlic
  • Dried Oregano, Fresh Parsley, & Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Gruyere Cheese adds a creamy and slightly nutty flavor, complementing the tang of the tomatoes and the savory chicken.
Diced tomatoes in a white dish.

How To Bake Chicken With Tomatoes

Whether you’re planning a casual family dinner or seeking a reliable dish for unexpected guests, this Tomato Chicken Bake won’t disappoint.

  1. Preparation: Preheat the to 400˚F oven and lightly grease a baking dish.
  2. Mixing the Base: Combine diced tomatoes, olive oil, chopped onions, minced garlic, seasonings, and fresh parsley in a bowl.
  3. Layering the Dish: Transfer the tomato mixture to the baking dish. Season the chicken breasts and place them atop the mixture, ensuring they’re nestled in for flavor absorption.
  4. Baking: Cook in the preheated oven until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the tomato mixture bubbles.
  5. Adding Cheese: Sprinkle gruyere cheese over the chicken and bake just long enough for the cheese to melt.

Tips For The Best Tomato Chicken Bake

  • Chicken Thickness: If your chicken breasts are very thick, consider pounding them to an even thickness for even cooking.
  • Chicken Options: I use chicken breasts for this recipe, however, you can also try this with chicken thighs, but you will need to adjust the cooking time.
  • Fresh Tomatoes: While canned tomatoes work great, you can swap in fresh diced tomatoes, too.
  • Cheese Variation: Gruyere offers a creamy texture and flavor, but feel free to experiment with other cheeses like mozzarella, provolone, or even feta.
  • Herbs: Fresh herbs can be a great substitute for dried ones if they’re available. For instance, fresh oregano or basil could be used instead of dried.
  • Let it Rest: After baking, allow the dish to rest for a few minutes. This lets the juices redistribute, ensuring that your chicken remains moist.
  • Searing Option: For an added layer of flavor, consider searing the chicken briefly in a hot skillet before placing it in the baking dish. This can add a golden crust to the chicken and elevate its flavor.
Close-up image of four chicken breasts nestled in tomato sauce and topped with melted gruyere cheese.

Serving Suggestions

  • This dish pairs wonderfully with crusty bread, which can soak up the delicious tomato sauce.
  • Alternatively, a light tabbouleh salad or some sauteed bok choy can complete the meal.

Storing Leftovers

  • Refrigeration: Place the leftovers in airtight containers. Store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
  • Freezing: Transfer the cooled dish to freezer-safe containers, label it with the date and contents, and store it in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.
  • Reheat the leftovers in a preheated oven until warmed through. If frozen, it’s best to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

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One Dish Chicken Bake - Flavorful chicken baked on a bed of tomatoes and covered in cheese makes for a one-dish dinner the whole family will enjoy.

One Dish Chicken Bake

Katerina | Diethood
Flavorful chicken baked with tomatoes and covered in cheese makes for a one-dish dinner the whole family will enjoy.
4.13 from 87 votes
Servings : 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¾ cup grated gruyere cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Combine tomatoes, olive oil, onions, garlic, oregano, Italian seasoning and fresh parsley in a mixing bowl; toss to combine. Transfer the tomato mixture to the baking dish. (You can also combine the ingredients inside the baking dish).
  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and fresh ground pepper and arrange the chicken on top of the tomatoes; make sure that the chicken is nestled down in the tomatoes so it simmers in the sauce while it cooks.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, or until the tomato sauce bubbles and the chicken is cooked through. Chicken is done when its internal temperature reaches 165˚F degrees.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle the cheese over the top of the chicken; bake for an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven, garnish with parsley, and serve.



  • Chicken Thickness: For even cooking, pound thicker chicken breasts to an even thickness. This promotes even cooking and ensures every bite is tender and flavorful.
  • Chicken Varieties: While the recipe uses chicken breasts, chicken thighs are a good option; adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Tomatoes: Swap canned tomatoes for fresh diced ones if preferred.
  • Cheese Choices: Gruyere is creamy and flavorful, but mozzarella, provolone, or feta are great alternatives.
  • Herb Alternatives: Use fresh herbs, like oregano or basil, instead of using dried ones.
  • Resting: After cooking, let the chicken rest to retain juiciness.
  • Searing: Sear the chicken in a skillet before baking. This can add a browned crust to the chicken and elevate its flavor.


Calories: 294 kcal | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Protein: 33 g | Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g | Trans Fat: 0.01 g | Cholesterol: 100 mg | Sodium: 462 mg | Potassium: 696 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 579 IU | Vitamin C: 16 mg | Calcium: 315 mg | Iron: 2 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: baked chicken breasts, healthy dinners, keto dinner idea, roasted tomatoes
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