Nov
15
2007

Spicy Chicken Artichoke Pasta with Broccoli

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Dinner

This recipe started when I found those cool pasta noodles by the Brand Torino called Calamaretti. I found them at Big Lots of all places! I’ve also seen some really cool dry pasta noodles at Marshalls and TJ Max. Feel free to use any small-medium size pasta you want in this recipe.
As I looked in my fridge tonight, I had some extra shredded chicken and broccoli from last night. I also had this artichoke antipasto spread I got at Trader Joes last week that I’ve been dying to use. If there is no Trader Joes in your area, just use a jar of marinated artichoke hearts and pulse them in the food processor until they are chopped to where you could spread them.
This last minute dinner was a huge hit with my family. Even the boys were eating it up. I will definately make this one again, and probably try a cool new pasta! Enjoy!

Spicy Chicken Artichoke Pasta with Broccoli

1 lb pasta noodles of choice
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ Cup finely diced white onion
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 Cup cooked shredded chicken breast, lightly seasoned
2 Cups steamed broccoli florets (I boil them in water for 3 min, then rinse with cold water)

¼ Cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
¼ Cup artichoke spread from Trader Joes, or marinated artichoke hearts from jar that have been chopped in food processor slightly
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
2. Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and red pepper flakes until onions are translucent and tender, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in chicken and broccoli. Reduce heat to low and set aside.
3. In a large dutch oven or pot heat ¼ Cup olive oil over medium heat. Stir in minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in cooked pasta, chicken mixture and artichoke spread. Reduce heat to low. Stir until well combined and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with garlic bread and Enjoy!


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  1. 1
    Emiline says:

    Wow! Look at that pasta! That shape is so cool. I’ve never seen it before. I guess it’s named that because it looks like calamari? (sp?)

    I will never find happiness until we get a Trader Joes. :(

  2. 2
    Jenny says:

    I guess I shouldn’t complain that Trader Joes is 20 minutes away from my house anymore. I think they are only west coast but I could be wrong. It’s a great place.

    That pasta does look like Calamari, I hadn’t seen it before either.

  3. 3
    Valerie-Shannon's Cousin says:

    Wow this looks so yummy. My sister that lives in Az is coming to visit in a week and a half and I am going to have her pick me up some from Trader Joes.
    I’ll let you know how it goes in a couple of weeks.

  4. 4
    Jenny says:

    Great Valerie,
    You’ll love this pasta. That artichoke spread would be great on a toasted baguette! Let me know how you like it!

  5. 5
    jenna says:

    Jenny it’s Jenna Lines. I had no idea Martha Stewart was in my ward at one point..No wonder you have all those recipes in the ward cookbook. I am amazed at your skills. I love food and I love amazing recipes. That is so cool that you are like a chef pro!!! Way to go…and thanks to you I am going to gain 5 pounds from these!!

  6. 6
    Jenny says:

    Hi Jenna,
    Great to hear from you. This has been a fun hobby, hope you find some recipes your family will enjoy!

  7. 7
    Mona says:

    Wow Jen,
    This Pasta looks so good, and where did you find those wierd noodles?

  8. 8
    momof3crazykids says:

    Jenny,
    My sister brought me the artichoke mixture from Trader Joe’s and I found the same pasta at the Big Lots by my son’s school. I finally made it tonight and my family loved it. I guess it was too spicy for my 4 year old though but my husband was impressed I made something spicy for him.
    Thanks!
    Valerie

  9. 9
    Jenny says:

    Hi momof3crazykids,
    I can’t believe you found the crazy looking pasta! Wasn’t it yummy? I would like to make it again. If it was too spicy for your little one, you could always omit the red pepper flakes. Glad you and your hubby enjoyed!

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  11. 11
    Cemil says:

    Hey, it sure looks like fun and so much fuss over a vegetable! I’m not rellay an artichoke fan and I often wonder why it has come to be known as the king of vegetables even though it isn’t rellay that tasty (compared to say Durian as the king of fruits LOL). Do the artichokes in Italy taste any different from those here?

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