Cooking Challenge: Cook the Pantry (day 3.2*) Chicken Veggie Pasta

And here we are at the end of day 3 of the chicken challenge. For dinner tonight, I went quick and easy (frequent characteristics of my cooking preferences) with a pasta mish-mash that turned out super good.

*In retrospect, I should have numbered this by meals, not by days, as this method makes counting the second meal in a day complex. Experience is a great teacher.

Here’s what I used:

3/4 cup of cooked chicken
1 cup of chicken broth
1 individually sized steamer veggie pack (Green Giant brand is great and generally cheap)
1/2 cup of rotini (or whatever pasta you have on hand)
a bit of locally-made garlic-flavored goat cheese
a bit of parmesan

Here’s what I did:

First, cook the pasta according to directions.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat then add the chicken.

Pop the steamer pack in the microwave, but only for half as long as the recommend time.

Add the broth and the partially steamed veggies to the chicken and let it all simmer for about 5 minutes. Photo9
(I wanted the broth to be a bit more gravy-like, so I made a thickener by mixing a teaspoon of flour into a teaspoon of cold water, and adding it slowly to the skillet. Totally optional, and perhaps not necessary.)
Photo11Let all that simmer until the pasta is done cooking. Drain the pasta, retain a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid and add the chicken and vegetable mixture to the pasta.

I had a bit of goat cheese left over from the last time I went to the farmer’s market, so I melted it and added it to the mix. I then topped the whole shebang  with a bit of parmesan and some cracked pepper.

Photo5And it was delicious. It’s hard to go wrong with pasta, vegetables and chicken, but the melted goat cheese took this meal from good to freaking fantastic.

My creation was (very loosely) based on this recipe.

**This made way more that I needed for one meal, so I only added half the chicken and vegetables to the pasta. The rest will be used tomorrow.

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