Tasty Tuesday: Baked Chicken Pastina

June 16, 2009

This weeks recipe is based on the Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina by Giada De Laurentis at the Food Network.  While I’ve kept the same ingredients as Giada, I’ve changed the quantities to help provide a heaftier meal.  Giada’s version was intended as a snack for kids and therefore produces a somewhat smaller meal.  What I love about this dish is that it reminds me of some of the cassoroles my mom used to make growing up, without all the fat and calories found in the cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soups.  This recipe has quickly become a favorite in our house.

1 1/2 cups small elbow pasta
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 pkg boneless skinless chicken breast tenders cubed (approx. 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 yellow onion diced
1 clove garlic minced
1 large can diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup shredded mozzarella (about 1 small ball of fresh mozz)
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1 Tbsp butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Bring a medium pot of water to boil over high heat.  Add the pasta and cook until just tender, stirring occasionaly for about 5 minutes.  Drain pasta into a large mixing bowl.

While waiting for the water to boil, cut the chicken into small cubes and dice up the onion. Heat up olive oil in a medium saute pan and cook chicken for about 3 minutes then add garlic and onions and cook until chicken is cooked through and onions are soft.  Add mixture to the pasta in the mixing bowl along with the mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt, pepper, and canned  tomatoes.  Stir to combine.

Spray an 8×8 baking dish with PAM and pour pasta mixture into dish.  In a separate bowl combine bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.  Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over pasta and dot with pieces of butter.  Bake in oven until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.  When you’re done it should look like this.



Can you tell this is one of Robert's favorite dishes??

Can you tell this is one of Robert's favorite dishes??

Bon Appetit!

2 Responses to “Tasty Tuesday: Baked Chicken Pastina”

  1. Missy said

    looks great, definitely will try that one!

  2. Mom said

    Wow! I am so proud of you! Robert and you are so lucky/blessed should I say to have each other. Love ya!

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