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

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

Jane Bruce

Orecchiette pasta

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:

308 kcal

Daily value:



  • Carbohydrate, by difference 47 g
  • Protein 16 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 10 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 8259 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 413 µg
  • Vitamin B-6 1 mg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 32 mg
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 30 µg
  • Ash 14 g
  • Aspartic acid 1 g
  • Calcium, Ca 760 mg
  • Carotene, beta 4955 µg
  • Choline, total 59 mg
  • Copper, Cu 1 mg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 6 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 2 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 1 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans 2 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans-monoenoic 2 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 17 g
  • Folate, DFE 39 µg
  • Folate, food 39 µg
  • Folate, total 39 µg
  • Glutamic acid 3 g
  • Iron, Fe 7 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 13128 µg
  • Lycopene 25992 µg
  • Magnesium, Mg 438 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 4 mg
  • Niacin 6 mg
  • Pantothenic acid 1 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 314 mg
  • Potassium, K 4081 mg
  • Riboflavin 1 mg
  • Selenium, Se 3 µg
  • Sodium, Na 69 mg
  • Sugars, total 21 g
  • Water 178 g
  • Zinc, Zn 2 mg
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