Chicken Orecchiette

If I had to choose the dish I would rather have than any other, it would probably be Chicken Orecchiette. It combines several of my favorites flavors: balsamic vinegar (which I believe to be The Ultimate Condiment), feta cheese, and grilled chicken, among others. With grilled chicken from the freezer, it is a quick and delicious meal that packs a lot of flavor.

The recipe, featured in our Busy Mom Menu, actually calls for a fresh diced tomato and green onions, neither of which I had so I used a whole onion and canned diced tomatoes. Also, you will notice the Gourmet Garden basil – I keep these tubes of minced herbs on hand in case I don’t have access to fresh herbs. Although they aren’t as good as the real thing, they are far better than dried herbs. If you subscribe to the Busy Mom Menu, you will notice another difference in this version of the dish – I like to sauté my pepper and onion while the recipe on the menu calls for mixing it raw. You can do it either way, and if I were using green onions I would not sauté them. Here is what I started with:
Chicken OrecchietteDice the red pepper …

Chicken Orecchiette

And the onion.

Chicken Orecchiette

Sauté the pepper and onion in about a tablespoon of oil over medium heat.

Chicken Orecchiette

Add the cubed chicken (I don’t recommend shredded chicken for this dish as it absorbs all of the vinegar and falls apart, creating a mess).

Chicken Orecchiette

Add the drained tomatoes. The new Fire Roasted Tomatoes are really good in this.

Chicken Orecchiette

In a bowl, mix the cooked pasta with the balsamic vinegar.

Chicken Orecchiette

Add the basil. When using the tube of herbs, you have to mix is well since it is a thick paste.

Chicken Orecchiette

More mixing.

Chicken Orecchiette

Add the noodles and balsamic vinegar to the chicken and vegetable mixture.

Chicken Orecchiette

Season with salt and pepper and mix well, then add the feta cheese.

Chicken Orecchiette

Last, add the Parmesan cheese and gently mix it all together.

Chicken Orecchiette

If you are a fan of Parmesan, you can add more for garnish (I love the stuff).

Chicken Orecchiette

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Chicken Orecchiette


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Method: Stovetop

Description

If I had to choose the dish I would rather have than any other, it would probably be Chicken Orecchiette. It combines several of my favorites flavors: balsamic vinegar (which I believe to be The Ultimate Condiment), feta cheese, and grilled chicken, among others. With grilled chicken from the freezer, it is a quick and delicious meal that packs a lot of flavor.


Ingredients

  •  1 (16 oz) package orecchiette pasta, cooked & rinsed
  •   1/2 cup light extra virgin olive oil
  •   1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  •   1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  •   1 cup red pepper
  •   1 onion
  •   3 cups cooked and cubed chicken
  •   1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2-3 tsp. dried)
  •   Salt and pepper to taste
  •   4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
  •   1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Dice red pepper and onion; sauté in a tablespoon of oil. And chicken, tomatoes, and basil and mix well. In a bowl, combine orecchiette and balsamic vinegar. Add to pan with chicken and vegetables. Season with salt and pepper then add feta and Parmesan cheeses. Toss well and serve immediately.

Keywords: pasta, chicken, stovetop, quick & easy


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