Recipe of the Week - Chicken and Broken Spaghetti Sauté|
by Wen Zientek-Sico
Summer entertaining for me revolves around food, friends, and getting in and out of the kitchen as fast as possible. This super fast cooking pasta dish uses broken spaghetti which allows you to boil a much smaller pot of water than unbroken spaghetti, keeping your kitchen cooler. The other ingredients are gently sautéed for a moment and then tossed with the hot pasta and pea for an easy dish that won't turn your kitchen into an oven.
Chicken and Broken Spaghetti Sauté
This simple savory dish is made with quick cooking ingredients and only uses one pot…meaning that your time spent in the kitchen after the dinner is minimized as well. We used leftover grilled chicken for our dish, but any cooked meat can be used. Two other suggestions our testers made were to use tofu or (for younger folk) hot dogs in place of the chicken. We used whole wheat organic spaghetti in the photo, but your favorite spaghetti or even other pasta shape works just as well. Prepare the other ingredients while the water boils and a salad while the pasta cooks and you can have a complete dinner on the table in about 15 minutes.
1/2 pound uncooked spaghetti, broken into 2-3 inch lengths
2 cups fresh or frozen peas
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 crushed garlic cloves
3 tablespoons chicken stock or broth
1 teaspoon crumbled dried Italian herbs
3 chopped medium tomatoes
2 cups cooked chicken
1 cup sliced green and/or black olives
Fill a medium pot with water and place on the stove to boil over high heat. Add the broken spaghetti and peas and boil for 10 minutes, or as directed on the spaghetti package. The spaghetti should be al dente, and not mushy. Drain the pasta and peas. Return the pan to the heat and add the oil. Reduce the heat to medium high and sauté the garlic for 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock, herbs, salt & pepper to taste, tomatoes, chicken, and olives and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the pasta and toss well to coat with the sauce. Cook for a minute to reheat the pasta and serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes