Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Italian Baked Chicken Pastina

Giada has so many amazing looking recipes! I have bookmarked many of them, but this one looked so easy and full of flavor that I picked it for this week's Food Network Chef's Cooking Challenge.

Italian Baked Chicken Pastina - Giada De Laurentiis

1 C pastina (which just means a small pasta)
1 T olive oil
2 chicken tenderloins
1/2 C onion, diced
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced (we added this!)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
3/4 C mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 C Parmesan cheese
1/4 C bread crumbs
1 T butter

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, cook the chicken in olive oil and garlic.

When the chicken is almost done, add the mushrooms.

When some juice has formed, add the onions and cook until all are tender.

Remove the chicken, and chop into small pieces. Add back to the mushroom mix.

Add the cooked and drained pasta.

Then, add the tomatoes, and parsley; stir to combine.

Transfer the pasta mix to a casserole, and top with cheese; then stir.

Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a bowl.

Sprinkle over the top.

Cut the butter over the top and then bake the dish at 400 for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy warm...


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  1. Hmmm, my husband would love this with the mushrooms. Looks to be a great recipe.

  2. I've made this before, but you do not know what a Godsend this was today. I was trying to figure out something I could make for dinner with chicken, pasta and diced tomatoes. Voila! :)

  3. mmm i bet if you make it in a skillet you can make this a one dish meal.... looks yummy :)

  4. Giada is one of my favorite chefs out there! I have never had a recipe of hers that I didn't love.

    the colored ziti in here are so cute! Looks delicious.

    And of course I would be honored if you posted the baked ziti recipe! I'm so glad you liked it. And I won't tell about the pureed veggies. I swear.

  5. I'm with Callista. In a skillet, this would be an excellent one dish meal. It looks great :)

  6. I think this looks really very tasty. Thanks for telling me what pastina means. I could've looked it up but you've saved me the effort ;)

  7. Wow this looks really yummy, I just love her recipes.

  8. Mmm...makes me hungry!!! Time to eat lunch! ;)

  9. Yum!! that looks so good! I got a set of cooking show DVDs by her for my birthday! She does have some great things!

  10. This looks wonderful! You really can't go wrong with many of her pasta recipes. You can also add and subtract so much - versatile! Thanks for playing along with FNCCC!

  11. I'm always looking for a dish that both my kids and us would all enjoy - this looks like one of them!

  12. I adore Giada, and this recipe looks delicious! Definitely bookmarking this one!

  13. What a beautiful, colorful dish! I like the idea of adding the mushrooms. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  14. Oh yum...made it tonight and it is good! I did what you said about turning the oven off 1/2 way through, I still ended up taking it out about 7 minutes early and it was perfect! My oven must be hot! Thanks!

  15. we made this for dinner tonight! It was fantastic!!! :0)


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