Monday, 16 February 2015

Pasta tossed with herbed chicken, sundried tomatoes, marinated artichoke, mushrooms and broccoli recipe

I'm feeling lazy. Not just regular lazy, but I want to  become one with the couch and just ooze off the side onto the carpet lazy.  Like a boneless cat lazy... I'm still not certain how my cousin's cat can seemingly defy physics sometimes, but that's another story. I wanted something where I literally just toss things from my fridge into a pan... so was born this lazy meal: Pasta tossed with herbed chicken, sundried tomatoes, marinated artichoke, mushrooms and broccoli.

I rooted around in my fridge and pantry to see what I could find. I had some marinated artichokes, sundried tomatoes, pasta, random veges and some chicken in the fridge. DING!  Laziness does have its virtues sometimes. I used some of the marinated artichoke oil to toss the pasta in rather than make a sauce and it gave it a nice light tanginess :D


Pasta tossed with herbed chicken, sundried tomatoes, marinated artichoke, mushrooms and broccoli recipe makes 4-6 servings depending on how hungry you are
Ingredients
2 cups of dried pasta - I used rotini pasta, but you can use anything you have kicking around
2 chicken breasts or 4 chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped into bite sized pieces
1-2 cups marinated artichokes in oil, drained, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of the marinated artichokes oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1cup broccoli florets, washed
1 medium onion diced
2-3 cloves garlic minced
2-3 leaves fresh basil
2 teaspoon olive oil
*Optional marinade for chicken: 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 2 teaspoons white wine, 1/4 teaspoon pepper
How to
1) Prepare pasta according to directions, in last 2 minutes of cooking time, add in the broccoli florets to cook in the pasta water, then drain and set the pasta/broccoli aside
2) While the pasta is cooking, prep your vegetables. Marinate the chicken pieces in optional marinade.
3) In a large deep pan on medium high heat, add 1 teaspoon oil and toss in chicken. Cook stirring occasionally until all the chicken is seared and cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Set aside in a bowl
4) In the same deep pan, add 1 teaspoon oil, garlic and onions. Cook for a few minutes, then add in mushrooms. Cook until onions are translucent and mushrooms cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.
5) In the large pan or a big bowl, combine pasta, broccoli, cooked chicken, vegetables, basil, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes and marinated artichoke oil. Toss well and enjoy!




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