Chicken Pasta and Other Things Recipe

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Submitted by sailingchef

Makes 2 servings



All in all, it is a one-pot dish that takes no longer to prepare than the time needed to boil the pasta -- though fregola sarda is a little longer to cook than most, I'll grant you that -- and it is still, after all these years, my go-to meal when I'm having dinner on my own. It is just as good hot, barely warm, or cold, which means I can prepare a double serving, eat half on the spot, and have the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Recipe Ingredients for Chicken Pasta and Other Things

6 ounces orzo (or other small pasta, such as gnocchetti sardi, or Israeli couscous)
1 cup roasted chicken, shredded
10 oz zucchini (about 2 medium)
2 ounces parmesan
1 cup cherry tomatoes (optional)
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (optional)
2 tbsp olive oil

Recipe Directions for Chicken Pasta and Other Things

  1. Bring salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add the pasta, bring back to a simmer, and cook over medium-high heat for however many minutes the package recommends. (Note: Israeli couscous will be ready much faster, so you should prep the zucchini and cheese beforehand)

  2. While the water is heating and the pasta is boiling, cut the zucchini in thinnish half-moons and grate the parmesan coarsely (using the largest holes of the grater if there's a choice). Halve the cherry tomatoes.

  3. Two minutes before the pasta is supposed to be cooked according to the package, add in the zucchini, stir, bring the water back to a simmer, then cook for 2 more minutes. (The addition of the zucchini will make the water temperature drop, so the overall cooking time is slightly more than it would be if you were cooking the pasta alone.)

  4. Warm the roasted chicken.

  5. Drain and divide between two shallow bowls. Add the warmed chicken, cherry tomatoes if using, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with pepper, parmesan, and pine nuts if using. Serve hot or at room temperature, possibly the next day (in which case I add the parmesan after the pasta has cooled).

Categories

Chicken, Pasta, Main Dish, Salads, Mediterranean

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 430.2g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
844
Calories from Fat
364
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
40.4g
62%
Saturated Fat
9.1g
46%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
87mg
29%
Sodium
512mg
21%
Potassium
855mg
24%
Total Carbohydrates
74.8g
25%
Dietary Fiber
3.1g
12%
Sugars
5.3g
Protein
46.5g
Vitamin A 21% Vitamin C 56%
Calcium 36% Iron 16%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B+
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
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