Chicken and Whole Wheat Pasta in a Light Tomato sauce
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
Variety of spices (I use whatever I happen to grab)
½ can of chick peas
1 jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped (or, 2-3 pimientos drained and chopped)
1 can artichoke hearts in water, drained (if you only have marinated artichokes rinse them)
½ cup chardonnay
1 cup chicken broth
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
½ pound whole wheat or whole wheat blend angel hair pasta, such as Barilla Plus
Grated cheese, to taste
Saute onion and garlic in EVOO in a wide shallow saucepan. Once softened add paste and stir until it melts. Add chicken to the pan and season with salt, pepper, paprika and Mrs. Dash. Saute chicken until browned and remove from pan.
Meanwhile, boil salted water for pasta.
Add peppers, artichoke hearts, chickpeas and crushed red pepper flakes and let them heat up for a couple of minutes. Deglaze pan with wine. Let the alcohol burn off (a few minutes) and then add the chicken broth and basil.
Return chicken to sauce pan and let it simmer for a few minutes. Taste and season.
Add a ladle of the starchy pasta water to sauce pan and drain pasta. Add the pasta to pan and toss all together. Sprinkle with grated cheese and Serve.
Pairs Well With
I made this up when I was trying to use up some items I already had in my pantry.