Greek Chicken Pasta

Need a little inspiration for a flavorful, hearty and healthy weeknight meal?  You’ve come to the right place.  I’m still in summer mode with some of my dishes although we’re in the middle of September (the weather would say otherwise).  Given that I’m still finding heirloom tomatoes, I figured I may as well put them to use.  They add bounty of colors to any dish along with the healthy aspect.  I was looking for a different meal for our “Girls Night In” and this dish delivered!  The ladies had nothing but positive reviews for this dish, music to my ears!  Go ahead and get cooking!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1lb uncooked pasta (bow-tie or penne)
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ Cup red onion, chopped
  • 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ Cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 2 Cups chopped cucumber
  • 1 large tomato (chopped)
  • 1 Cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp dried oregano
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 (14 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

Marinate chicken for 30 minutes to 2 hours in the olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. You may add a sprinkle of fresh squeezed lemon juice for additional flavor. 

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Ready to begin cooking?  Bring a large pot of water to a boil, adding a tablespoon or so of salt.  Since the pasta will have feta cheese, which is salty you don’t have to worry about adding full flavor to your pasta all at once.  Cook pasta in boiling water for 8-10 minutes or until al dente; drain. 

Meanwhile, heat an indoor grill pan or a large skillet, over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook until chicken is cooked, about 10-12 minutes (depending on size of chicken).  Allow the cooked chicken to rest for about 3-5 minutes then chop into cubes. 

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Add the pasta to a large bowl and add the tomato, cucumber, onion, oregano, artichoke hearts and chopped chicken.  You will need to add another tablespoon or two of olive oil (you may add the oil from the artichoke hearts).  At this point you can begin adding salt and pepper to taste.  Stir until the ingredients are well combined.  When ready to serve add feta & olives and one more sprinkle of oregano.  This is a room temperature meal, which is great when you’re entertaning!  You may garnish with lemon wedges if desired.

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Add grilled pita wedges & tzatziki on the side to compliment your meal.  This dish makes wonderful leftovers (as shown below) . 

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