Making a quick and easy pasta dinner doesn’t have to mean just boiling spaghetti and dumping a jar of marinara on top. In just 30 minutes you can make this gorgeous, flavorful meal from IowaGirlEats.com. Angel hair pasta gets topped with seasoned chicken and a fresh sauce of roasted tomatoes, artichokes and herbs in a dish that will surely become your favorite go-to pasta meal.
Mediterranean Smothered Chicken
Container count per serving: 1 red, 2 yellow, ¼ blue, 1 green, 1½ teaspoons
- 4 small chicken breasts
- extra virgin olive oil, garlic salt, pepper
- 8 oz whole wheat angel hair pasta
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 large shallots, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- salt & pepper
- 1 cup marinated roasted tomatoes, chopped (I chopped up fresh tomatoes, tossed with a little olive oil and Mrs. Dash’s Italian Medley seasoning and roasted at 400 degrees for 30 minutes)
- 1 can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- ½ cup chicken broth
- ¼ cup almond milk
- juice from ½ lemon
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup chopped basil
- Pound chicken to even thickness then brush both sides with extra virgin olive oil and season with garlic salt and pepper. Saute in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes a side, or until no longer pink in the center. Remove to a plate then set aside.
- Add pasta to a large pot of salted, boiling water then cook until al dente. Drain then set aside.
- Let skillet cool off the heat for a few minutes, then return to burner and reduce heat to medium. Add extra virgin olive oil and shallots then season with salt and pepper and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic then saute for 30 more seconds, stirring constantly.
- Add roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and lemon zest then saute until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, almond milk, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, and basil then reduce sauce slightly, about 2 minutes.
- Divide pasta among plates then top with a chicken breast. Smother with tomato and artichoke mixture.
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