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Chicken and Vegetables with Seashell Pasta

Updated on January 23, 2016
Chicken and Vegetables with Seashell Pasta
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Pasta is very popular around our house and we eat it several nights a week. However, we do like to limit the amount of carbohydrates in our diet, so I am always trying to come up with new healthy recipes which include pasta. My Chicken and Vegetables with Seashell Pasta is both satisfying and nutritious, but not carb-heavy. I like to call this type of recipe an "all-in-one" dish". I really like making all-in-one recipes, because on one plate we get our vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates. I always serve a mixed greens salad as the first course, so we get more than one serving of vegetables with our dinner.

In this recipe, I use seashell pasta, but bow tie, penne, or spiral pasta can be used instead. I would not recommend using any string-type pasta, because it makes eating the chicken and vegetables more difficult. I use dried basil in this recipe, because I did not have any fresh basil at the time. When cooking with dried herbs, a smaller amount is needed, which is in contrast to cooking with fresh herbs, when a larger amount is used. I do prefer to use fresh herbs when they are available, and most grocery stores and markets do stock fresh herbs these days.

Finally, I cannot stress enough how important it is to add seasonings (i.e. salt and pepper) to the chicken while it is cooking, preferably at start of the cooking process. Adding your seasonings to the chicken as soon as it begins to cook allows the chicken to absorb the maximum amount of the seasonings. Waiting to add the seasoning to the chicken after the cooking process has completed results in a less flavorful dish, because the seasonings will simply sit on the surface of the food. So, if you want your chicken to have superb flavor, remember to season it during the cooking process, and not afterwards.

My Chicken and Vegetables with Seashell Pasta is a great tasting, but light dinner for pasta lovers who want to eat healthfully. This dish is quick and easy to prepare, making it a perfect for dinner for those busy weeknights. If you are looking for new ways to prepare pasta, and like "all-in-one" recipes, give my Chicken and Vegetables with Seashell Pasta a try!

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups seashell pasta
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 15 -20 snow peas, stringed
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil into large saute pan or skillet.
  2. Place chopped garlic and basil into saute pan.
  3. Turn heat to low.
  4. Allow garlic and dried basil to simmer for 5-10 mins while you chop the vegetables.
  5. Cook pasta until al dente, or per package instructions.
  6. String snow peas and cut into smaller pieces on a diagonal angle.
  7. Chop red bell pepper making sure to remove all of the seeds.
  8. Remove all fat from chicken breasts, and cut chicken into cubes.
  9. Add cubed chicken to the saute pan
  10. Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper.
  11. Raise the heat to low-medium.
  12. Allow chicken to cook approximately 8-10 mins.
  13. Stir chicken mixture frequently to make sure it cooks thoroughly on all sides.
  14. Add red bell pepper and snow peas.
  15. Continue cooking the mixture until the chicken has cooked all the way through.
  16. Place pasta in serving dish and top with chicken and vegetables.
  17. Add more salt and olive oil if needed.
  18. Ready to serve. Happy eating!!

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      Tracy Arizmendi 2 years ago from Northern Virginia

      It really is a yummy dish! I hope you enjoy it!! Thanks for stopping by my hub!!

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      This looks delicious and light. I'll have to give it a try.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @acreativethinker: Thanks for visiting my lens acreativethinker! Many thanks for the comment!

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      Looks very delicious and a great meal-in-one dish! Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @bead at home mom: Awesome!!! I hope you enjoy the dish and thanks for visiting my lens and commenting!!

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @David3142: Thanks for dropping by my lens and for commenting. You can definitely substitute penne pasta. If you like penne pasta you should checkout my lens Penne Pasta with Chicken and Vegetables.

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      Very inviting picture, sounds too good not to try. It will be on my menu sometime this week.

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      David3142 3 years ago

      This sounds delicious. I'd have it with penne personally. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @smine27: Then you should!!! LOL Thanks for visiting my lens, for the comment, and for the squid like!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Oh yes I could eat this right now.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @StrongMay: Thank you StrongMay!! I am so pleased you found my lens informative and tasty-looking!

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      StrongMay 3 years ago

      Your introduction gives great advice, and your dish is mouthwatering!

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @Merrci: Yay!! I am so glad you like the recipe and I hope you enjoy the dish. Thanks for the squid like and comment!

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      Colonel2013 3 years ago

      Love pasta!! I can't wait to make this dish!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      So many favorite ingredients. This looks and sounds wonderful. Off to get the grocery list.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @Colonel2013: Great! I hope you enjoy the recipe!!

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks a bunch Susan52! We eat rice too, but I like to mix things up to keep dinner from getting boring. I hope you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for the comment and squid like also.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @paulahite: Thank you!!!! I really appreciate the share on google+, the comment and squid like. I am on google+ too, so I will add you to my circle!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Yes, I am! In any form! So, I shared your lens on our G+ page today!

      https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/10673155513900942970...

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'd be more likely to use rice with a recipe like this, but I love the idea of using pasta. Looks and sounds delicious!