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

Orecchiette pasta
Jane Bruce


  •   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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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!


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:



  • Fat 31g 47%
  • Carbs 421g 140%
  • Saturated 5g 25%
  • Fiber 34g 137%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 61g
  • Monounsaturated 13g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 134g 268%
  • Cholesterol 172mg 57%
  • Sodium 2,801mg 117%
  • Calcium 339mg 34%
  • Magnesium 572mg 143%
  • Potassium 6,361mg 182%
  • Iron 19mg 104%
  • Zinc 11mg 74%
  • Phosphorus 1,905mg 272%
  • Vitamin A 121µg 13%
  • Vitamin C 208mg 346%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 93%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 87%
  • Niacin (B3) 42mg 209%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 168%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 304µg 76%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 8%
  • Vitamin D 2IU 1%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 26%
  • Vitamin K 237µg 297%
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