Pasta with Chicken and Olives

Pasta with Chicken and Olives

Dinner

This pasta dish can be put together quickly without making a pre-cooked sauce. In the spring, chives and asparagus make nice additions to this light and healthy entrée and if you want to treat yourself, add mushrooms and top it with grated Parmesan cheese. As with other pasta dishes in this book, this can be served at room temperature, so don’t hesitate to put it in a lunchbox.

  • 1-1/4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 pound whole chicken
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 clove garlic whole, cracked
  • 1-1/4 cups onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups light chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, half of it chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Italian parsley, half of it chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 pound dry penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons of olives, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
2. In a large pan, heat the canola oil. Season the chicken well with salt and pepper, and sear on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
3. Add the onion and garlic cloves and sauté until they begin to turn brown.
4. Add the stock, whole herb sprigs, and lemon zest and bring to a boil. Cover and cook in the oven at 250 degrees F until the chicken is cooked. When the chicken is done, remove it, strain the cooking liquid and set aside for later use. Allow the chicken to cool and pick the meat from the bones.
5. In a large pot of salted water cook the pasta. While the pasta is cooking reheat some of the cooking liquid, add the chicken, olives, and chopped herbs. When it is thoroughly heated add the pasta and finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 245
Calories from Fat 59
(24% of tot cal)
Total Fat 7g – 10%
Saturated Fat 2g – 8%
Cholesterol 97mg – 32%
Sodium 531mg – 22%
Total Carbo 14g – 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g – 3%
Sugars 14g
Protein 30g
Vitamin A 18%
Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 4%
Iron 21%
Calorie Diet 2000
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending upon your caloric intake.