Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chicken & Broccoli with Pasta

Everyone has a go-to weeknight dinner right?  I mean something other than fried eggs on toast…though that is also one of my faves!  Well, this chicken & broccoli dish is really easy and quite delicious.  It’s hard to go wrong with chicken and pasta in general, but when I discovered this flavor combination, it quickly became a repeat dinner.

First, cut a boneless skinless chicken breast into ½” cubes. (One breast should be enough to serve 2 people)  Sauté with some olive oil and McCormick Montreal Chicken Seasoning.  Add in a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes or some Turkish biber (a dried red pepper) to give the chicken a little kick!

At the same time, boil the pasta of your choosing (I like whole wheat penne or whole wheat orzo), and either sauté or steam some broccoli.  When everything is cooked and the pasta is drained, combine everything in one pot.  Add more olive oil and either milk or cream.  You need just enough milk or cream to make everything come together – probably a couple turns of the pan as you pour (maybe ¼ - ⅓ cup).  Add a generous amount of freshly grated parmesan cheese, stir to combine and heat through just until cheese melts and becomes creamy.  Salt and pepper as needed.

Not the prettiest dish out there, but super tasty – enjoy!