Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Italian Baked Chicken And Pastina

Total Time: 40 mins Preparation Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 30 mins


  • 1 cup pastina (i only use elbows)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken breast, cubed (1-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 a small onion)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for buttering the baking dish


  • 1 preheat the oven to 400 degrees f.
  • 2 bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. add the pasta and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. drain pasta into a large mixing bowl.
  • 3 meanwhile, put the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes. add the onions and garlic, stirring to combine, and cook until the onions are soft and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. add the crushed red pepper, basil and italian seasoning. put the chicken mixture into the bowl with the cooked pasta. add the canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. stir to combine. place the mixture in a buttered 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish. in a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs and the parmesan cheese. sprinkle over the top of the pasta mixture. dot the top with small bits of butter. bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

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