Although pasta is a bit on the calorie-dense side, it is possible to create pasta recipes that are healthy and tasty, as long as you are careful about what you add to your dish. This recipe is really easy to make (prep time about 15 minutes, cook time another 15 minutes), and it’s a fully balanced meal all in one dish, which makes it even better!
I also like this recipe because it includes some ingredients and flavors that you might not experience very often. Lots of variety in the course of your healthy eating mission will help ensure you don’t get tempted by some less healthy alternatives too often!
This recipe, like many that I post, has lots of room for you to adjust it according to your taste. Take out the red pepper if your family doesn’t do spicy, add other vegetables, or whatever else you think will work for you. As always, I have included a link at the end of this post, so you can download the recipe and try it soon!
Greek Chicken Artichoke Pasta
1 pound uncooked whole grain pasta (rotini or penne work well for this recipe)
1 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered (reserve half the brine)
1 large tomato, diced
1/2 cup kalamata olives (or black olives if you prefer)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. red chili pepper
2 T. lemon juice
2 tsp. dried oregano
1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta until al dente, about 10-12 minutes. Drain.
2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until browned. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.
3. Reduce heat a bit and add remaining ingredients, including the reserved brine and the cooked pasta. Stir and cook a minute or two until all ingredients are heated. Remove from heat and garnish with a little extra chopped parsley.
Nutrition Info Per Serving: 480 calories, 11 gm fat, 110 mg cholesterol
See? That was easy! 🙂 If you tend to repeat the same recipes and menus over time in your effort to stay on a healthy diet (as I often do!), this recipe will probably change up your flavors a bit, so it’s a great dish to add to your cooking repertoire. Enjoy!
Download the recipe here: One Move Forward’s Healthy In A Hurry Greek Chicken Artichoke Pasta