Monday, August 28, 2017

Greek Chicken Pasta

This skillet pasta dish is light and delicious. I usually keep quart bags of diced chicken pieces in the freezer so it comes together quickly.


1/2 lb ziti/penne, cooked per package directions in salted water and drained (reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water)

1 Tbsp each of olive oil and butter
2 cloves minced garlic
2-4 diced pepperonici peppers (more if you like it spicy)
salt and pepper
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1" chunks
1 Tbsp Symeons/Greek seasoning (or 1 tsp each oregano and paprika, plus 1/2 tsp garlic and a pinch of red/hot pepper)
1/4 cup white wine
2 tbsp juice/brine from jar of Kalamata olives in vinegar brine

1/4 to 1/2 cup sliced Kalamata olives (to taste)
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
Chopped spinach/baby greens to taste
Feta cheese to serve (optional)

Start cooking the pasta first.

Heat oil and butter in a high sided saute pan (preferably one with a lid) over medium low heat. Add garlic and pepperoncini, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook on low for about a minute until fragrant, stirring to prevent garlic from burning. Add chicken pieces, sprinkling a little more salt on them, along with the Greek seasoning. Turn heat to medium and cook until the bottom of the chicken turns light golden, flip the chicken pieces over and add the wine and olive juice.

Turn heat down to simmer on medium low until the chicken is cooked through, adding more wine if necessary to keep pan from drying out.

Meanwhile, prepare the olives, tomatoes, and greens.

When the chicken is cooked through and the pasta is ready, add pasta and vegetables to the pan with chicken. Gently toss to coat the greens with broth. adding the reserved pasta water if necessary to have enough liquid to coat the greens and pasta. Put the lid on the pan and steam on low for a couple minutes until the greens are wilted to your liking. Sprinkle on a little more salt and pepper to taste before serving, as well as feta cheese if desired.

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