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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2
Servings
524
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Salt, for cooking pasta and seasoning chicken
  • 1 pound orecchiette
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for pasta
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 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

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!

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
24g
34%
Sugar
25g
28%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
64g
49%
Protein
20g
43%
Vitamin A, RAE
25µg
4%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
36mg
48%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
30µg
33%
Calcium, Ca
322mg
32%
Choline, total
59mg
14%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
8g
32%
Folate, total
39µg
10%
Iron, Fe
6mg
33%
Magnesium, Mg
110mg
34%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
202mg
29%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
537mg
36%
Water
8g
0%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Orecchiette Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Orecchiette Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.