Quick Herb Chicken Pasta

If you need a quick weeknight meal, this is a great go-to recipe.  I’ve adapted it from a book called While the Pasta Cooks.  It’s available through Amazon.com and was one of the very first books I owned when I started to get into cooking.  Every recipe is doable in the time it takes to boil the pasta.  That’s every Mom’s dream dinner!  So go get a pot of water boiling and let’s make some dinner.

Start by caramelizing a medium onion that’s been chopped.  I used a bit of olive oil, but you could use cooking spray if you’re trying to cut back the fat grams.

Add 3 cubed chicken breasts and cook until it begins to lose the raw look, but not cooked all the way through.  You don’t want rubber chicken.

Toss in a sprig of rosemary and a sprig of sage.  You’ll take them out later, or conversely you could announce that whoever gets the sprig of rosemary has to do dishes.  🙂

Add a diced medium tomato, 3 crushed cloves of garlic, 1 cup of reduced sodium chicken broth and a 1/2 cup of red wine (or white).  Season with salt and pepper and let it boil until the chicken is cooked through.  Remove the herbs and toss with your favorite shaped pasta.  
Now go ring the dinner bell cuz soups on!  

Quick Herb Chicken Pasta
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Ingredients
1 lb shaped pasta, cooked al dente
1 tbsp olive oil (or cooking spray)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 sprig each of rosemary and sage
1 medium tomato, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup red wine
1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
1 Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Salt the water and add the pasta.  Cook according to package directions.
2 In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add the oil and onion and cook until the onions are beginning to caramelize, about 4 minutes.
3 Add the chicken and cook until it is no longer raw looking on the outside, but still uncooked on the inside.  Add the rosemary and sage, tomato, garlic, wine and chicken broth.  Cook until the chicken is cooked all the way through.  Remove the herb sprigs.  Salt and pepper to taste.
4 Toss the drained pasta with the chicken mixture and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

7 Comments

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    BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced}
    July 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    What a great weeknight dinner!!

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    nancy@skinnykitchen.com
    July 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Looks absolutely delicious!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen
    July 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I love dishes that are quick and this one looks down right tasty too!

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    Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet)
    July 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Yum…this looks so light and fresh! I love meals like this on weeknights…the rest of the meal cooks while the pasta boils. Toss up a quick salad, and dinner is served!

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    Manpans
    July 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    It looks delicious, and fast. Nice!

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    Turtles Consignment
    July 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Wow.. I am going to try this tomorrow night! Thank-you!

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    Marnely Rodriguez
    July 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Mmhm, this is my type of dinner! Love that it staarts with caramelized onions! 🙂

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