Mediterranean Chicken and Pasta

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

We have always called this dish Chicken Orecchiette, but it can be made with any kind of small hearty pasta. When we were preparing the dish for photos and video, we didn’t have access to orecchiette and had to use shells. Many of you have told us in the past that you also didn’t have access to it. Mediterranean Chicken with Pasta is a better descriptor and isn’t limited to a specific type of pasta, so we are changing the name for clarity.

If I have cooked chicken, peppers, and onions from the freezer, I can have this on the table in about 15 minutes. If not, it still comes in at under 30 minutes.

Sauté the pepper and onion in about a tablespoon of oil over medium heat, then add the tomatoes and basil. Fire-roasted tomatoes are really good in this dish.

Cast iron skillet cooking chopped chicken, diced tomatoes, and fresh basil

Mix the cooked shells with the balsamic vinegar and add to the pan along with the Parmesan and feta cheeses.

Cast iron skillet with shell pasta, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar

Season to taste with salt and pepper and sprinkle with additional feta before serving.

Bowl of shell pasta with tomatoes, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar with text Mediterranean Chicken with Pasta

Enjoy!
Forkful of shell pasta with tomatoes, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar

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Bowl of shell pasta with tomatoes, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar with text Mediterranean Chicken with Pasta

Mediterranean Chicken with Pasta


  • Author: Mary Ann
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6

Description

If I had to choose the dish I would rather have than any other, it would probably be this flavorful Mediterranean chicken dish. Balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, and grilled chicken combine to create a perfect blend of flavors, and with grilled chicken from the freezer, it is a quick and delicious meal.


Ingredients

  •  1 (16 oz) package shell or 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, crumble, plus extra for garnish
  •   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 cooked pasta 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.

Notes

  1. Orecchiette pasta’s hearty thickness is the perfect for this dish, but not all stores carry it. If you can’t find it, pasta shells are the best substitution.
  2. This can be made vegetarian by omitting the chicken or using your favorite plant-based substitution.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 485

Keywords: pasta, chicken, stovetop, quick & easy

Bowl of shell pasta with tomatoes, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar with text Mediterranean Chicken with Pasta


About Mary Ann

Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online since the early 2000's, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms. She loves planning/organizing and she loves to cook, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. Her goal for Menus4Moms is to help busy cooks to save time and money through planning ahead and becoming more efficient in the kitchen.

Mary Ann is the mother of two grown daughters and is married to a retired Marine. She lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching foreign television series, researching genealogy, and traveling.

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