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Bruschetta Chicken Capellini

I know that school is just around the corner for a lot of you. I’ve even seen on Facebook that some of your kids have started school already! Even though I homeschool my kids (starting in October), I do know how hard it can be to get everyone around the dinner table and enjoying a meal together. As a busy mom myself, I know that we want quick, snappy meals that don’t take long to prepare, but will also nourish our kids.

Am I right, or am I right?

Seeing as how we’ve still got like 5-6 weeks left of summer yet (did I really just say that?)… I’m guessing that those of you who planted gardens are seeing a lot of tomatoes ripen and you’re still enjoying some of the herbs that are growing as well. Even if you didn’t plant a garden, you can still find Roma tomatoes and fresh basil super cheap in the store right now.

With a little advance planning, this dinner can be done in as much time as it takes to cook pasta. I baked my chicken breasts in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil, a bit of lemon pepper, and some salt & pepper at 375 degrees for about 30-35 minutes or until the juices ran clear, and then chopped it up and stored it in a container in the fridge until I was ready to add it to the pasta. The heat from the pasta reheats the chicken without drying it out.  Or, if you’re feeling really snazzy, you could grill the chicken breasts. Whatever you prefer! I usually prefer the easiest method at the time – for me that was baking the chicken.

Not only is this dish filling, and makes a ton of food – hello, leftovers/quick-and-easy dinner for another night! – but it is also beautiful and delicious. You cannot go wrong with something this simple.

Bruschetta Chicken Capellini

Bruschetta Chicken Capellini

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Juicy tomatoes, fresh basil & garlic, and seasoned chicken breast on top of a bed of capellini pasta make dinner a snap on hectic back to school nights.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs fresh Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced basil, fresh
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 lb capellini pasta
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat water in a large pot to a boil and cook pasta as instructed by the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup hot pasta water. Drain.
  2. While the water is heating up, dice tomatoes, reserving juices and place in a medium sized bowl. To the bowl of tomatoes, add garlic, basil, and oil and toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper and toss again. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the hot pasta water to the bowl of tomatoes, and stir. Pour pasta in a large bowl with chicken and tomato sauce and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate.

sujitha

Monday 17th of November 2014

Love this bright colored chicken platter.. simple preparation with loads of delicious in...

Joshua Rief

Monday 17th of November 2014

Thanks, Sujitha! It is tasty and nice to look at! :)

Jocelyn

Friday 29th of August 2014

I love this gorgeous dish! Everything about it is delicious! :)

Chels/Catz in the Kitchen

Saturday 30th of August 2014

Thanks, Jocelyn :)

Shea Goldstein

Friday 22nd of August 2014

This looks like the perfect summertime dinner - I love this idea!

Chels/Catz in the Kitchen

Friday 22nd of August 2014

Thanks, Shea! It is a really lovely dinner-especially if you sit outside :)

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