Orecchiette with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Broccoli, and Grilled Chicken

Orecchiette pasta
Jane Bruce

Ingredients

  •   Salt, for cooking pasta and seasoning chicken
  • 1 pound  orecchiette
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil, plus more for pasta
  • clove garlic, minced
  • small yellow onion, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  •   Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups  broccoli florets, lightly steamed
  • 1/4 pound  sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  •   Chile flakes, to taste
  •   Parmesan, for garnish

This dish is a riff on a delicious creation at one of my favorite Italian restaurants. The salty sun-dried tomatoes, fresh and bright broccoli, and small morsels of garlicky grilled chicken combine to make a complete, flavorful meal. You can use any short pasta here — I used orecchiette, the restaurant uses conchiglie. The dish is extremely easy to put together and lends itself well to making a big batch and bringing the leftovers to work the next day for a filling and hearty lunch. 

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Directions

In a large pot, boil salted water for pasta. Once boiling, cook the pasta until al dente according to package directions. Once drained, drizzle with a little olive oil.

Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil until shimmering but not smoking. Cook the garlic and onions until onions are soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Remove onions and garlic from pan and set aside. 

Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper and cook in the same pan until golden brown and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Once cooked, add the garlic, onions, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, and chile flakes to the pan and stir to combine the flavors and heat everything through. 

Combine the chicken and vegetables with the pasta and mix to combine. Serve immediately, garnished with Parmesan, if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

1,235 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Fat Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

62%

Servings:

2
  • Fat 15g 24%
  • Carbs 211g 70%
  • Saturated 3g 13%
  • Fiber 17g 69%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 30g
  • Monounsaturated 6g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 67g 134%
  • Cholesterol 86mg 29%
  • Sodium 1,400mg 58%
  • Calcium 169mg 17%
  • Magnesium 286mg 71%
  • Potassium 3,180mg 91%
  • Iron 9mg 52%
  • Zinc 6mg 37%
  • Phosphorus 953mg 136%
  • Vitamin A 61µg 7%
  • Vitamin C 104mg 173%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 46%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 43%
  • Niacin (B3) 21mg 105%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 84%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 152µg 38%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 4%
  • Vitamin D 1IU 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin K 119µg 148%
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