October 20, 2010

Kids in the Kitchen: Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Matt is our pasta lover. If he could have spaghetti every day of the week, he’d be a happy camper. (This is evidenced by his previous spaghetti carbonara, spaghetti and meatballs, and lasagna dishes in the kitchen.) So when Matt was browsing through a recipe application on our iPad, it didn’t surprise me to see that he’d chosen another pasta dish. This one was fairly straightforward. However, it did surprise me that my picky eater wanted sundried tomatoes and olives. I even asked him to double-check and make sure he understood what was in the pasta. He said it sounded good, so we went ahead with it.

Of course, we used gluten-free pasta (Tinkyada). It’s a good product – while it’s technically processed, the ingredients are essentially brown rice, rice bran, and water. Simple. I did like that this was really easy to throw together. Definitely a good weeknight dish. However, we weren’t 100% happy with the flavor. It was missing something – a sauce, perhaps? Matt did admit that he wished there was tomato sauce on it. Matt admitted that he thought somehow that the ingredients would make a sauce based on what he read. This means the teacher learned a lesson in the kitchen that day – to explain the dish better in the future, so there’s no confusion! Regardless, it was a dish that could be improved upon, should we try again.

(On a side note, I did realize just how much my body isn’t fond of a flood of carbohydrates like this. I’ve been eating mostly grain-free and paleo for a while, and a pasta dish caused me to feel lethargic and sleepy for a good 2 hours! Good thing for me, pasta is not on the regular rotation at our house anymore. For those of you that handle gluten-free pasta well, then have at it. For me, it’s a treat!)

Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

 8 oz gluten-free pasta

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes

1/2 t paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

1 T grapeseed oil

8 oz sundried tomatoes

5 cloves of garlic, minced

1 small can sliced olives, drained

1/2 c pine nuts

Basil, for garnish

Heat a large pot of water to boiling. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside. Toss chicken cubes with paprika and salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat grapeseed oil to medium-high heat. Add chicken and spread out into a single layer. Allow to brown for a minute, and then stir occasionally to brown on all sides. After chicken is nearly cooked through, add sundried tomatoes and garlic. Saute for another minute and add olives and pine nuts. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed. Remove from heat and toss pasta and chicken mixture together. Serve garnished with basil.

Serves 4.

12 Responses to “Kids in the Kitchen: Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes”

  1. Interesting, I’ve never really paid attention to how my body handles these carbs. I feel extremely lethargic lately, but I was just blaming it on the cold weather we’re getting, and how little sunlight we get at this time of year. Maybe it’s the food!

  2. I definitely do better with the grain-free, Paleo lifestyle. I hate that sluggishness and sleepiness after a carb meal. This is quite a pretty dish though. I like the flavors! Great job, Matt. :-)

    Shirley

  3. What a great light pasta recipe. I love it, simple and healthy without missing a beat!

  4. What a bright and flavorful dish–simple and hearty!

  5. This looks fantastic!

  6. Hi TEAH,

    This is what I would like for my meals. I can never get tired of this preparation compared to those heavy sauced type :) . Healthy too ! Thanks for sharing this :)

    Cheers,
    Elin

  7. My kids love pasta too.. and can have them every day. And I love sundried tomatoes. Lovely recipe, simple with nice flavors.

  8. Hmm, I actually liked the idea that it doesn’t have a sauce. Maybe just using some homemade sausage instead of chicken would give it that extra kick?

    I always feel better when I eat paleo, but it is hard to get in that rhythm. Good on you for listening to your body Alta!

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  10. Love this recipe lots!

  11. You can make your own “sun-dried” tomatoes, so much cheaper (:

    http://mummyicancook.blogspot.com/2011/01/slow-dried-cherry-tomatoes-oven-dried.html

  12. Did you consider making a garlic wine sauce to go with it? It might be enough to push it over.

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