Monday, November 21, 2011

Dorm Room Dinner: Chicken, Broccoli, and Ziti

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The great thing about this dinner is that it is a restaurant dish, that you can make quickly, and easily.  Another great thing that is also very season-appropriate...this is the perfect dish for your turkey leftovers!  Replace the turkey for the chicken and you've got yourself an easy day after Thanksgiving dish!

Thanksgiving is coming up, but since we go to Mom and Dads, its not a big production in my house.  Although I AM in charge of the appetizers!  No surprise there.  But a Thanksgiving turkey (despite the fact that we've grown from a family of 6 to a family of 9 with all our boyfriends present) is the dish that just keeps on giving.  Mom always had so much leftover and we eat so richly on Thanksgiving that we were always on the lookout for easy dishes that were light for your tummy!

This fits the bill perfectly.  Whether chicken or turkey, this is a delicious meal that works even better as a work lunch!  It's one of those "Confessions of a Food Blogger" dinners that I make often when John isn't around.  I should note that I used to make this dish all the time for the two of us but after he once told me its "not his favorite" (basically the worst thing he will ever say about one of my dishes), I kept making it just for me.  It is one of my favorites.  That's the important part, right?
Chicken, Broccoli, and Ziti
Serves:  4
2 chicken breasts (or 2 cups of chopped pre-cooked turkey or chicken)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons pepper
1 box ziti (or other pasta)
2 heads of broccoli
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Dice the chicken breasts.  Season them with salt and 2 teaspoons pepper.  In a greased skillet, brown the chicken breasts over high heat.  Then, reduce the heat to low and let the chicken cook through (about 12 minutes).  Meanwhile, fill two pots with water and let boil.  Then, cook the pasta according to box instructions.  Cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces and place in the second boiling pot of water for about 10 minutes, until bright green but still crunchy.  Drain both the pasta and broccoli.  In a large bowl, add the pasta, broccoli, and chicken.  Toss with olive oil, garlic salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.  Stir in parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately with extra parmesan cheese, if desired.

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. My husband made that same confession to me when we were first married. Oh well, now I'm the only one that benefits from my mom's tuna casserole. Personally I would love this. Great idea for leftover turkey. Have a great Thanksgiving!


  2. شركة نقل عفش
    اهم شركات مكافحة حشرات بالخبر كذلك معرض اهم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والخبر والاحساء والقطيف كذلك شركة رش حشرات بالدمام ومكافحة الحشرات بالخبر
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة الجوهرة من افضل شركات تنظيف الخزانات بجدة حيث ان تنظيف خزانات بجدة يحتاج الى مهارة فى كيفية غسيل وتنظيف الخزانات الكبيرة والصغيرة بجدة على ايدى متخصصين فى تنظيف الخزانات بجدة
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام
    شركة نقل عفش واثاث


  3. شركة نقل عفش بالرياض وجدة والدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
    شركة نقل عفش بجدة
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض
    شركة نقل عفش بالدمام

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