Chicken & Broccoli Pasta
If your kids like to eat broccoli and pasta, this is a great little meal. You can cook without or without chicken.
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp butter
Jar of roasted capsicums, drained, sliced
3 garlic gloves crushed
500ml chicken stock
500g chicken breast, diced into bite size pieces
500g pasta, I have used Farfelle but any pasta will suit
Dried chilli flakes
Bring a pot of water to boil, boil broccoli in boiling water for 2-4 minutes under slightly tender. Remove broccoli from water and set aside. Leave water in pot as will use again later.
Meanwhile heat olive oil and butter together in a frying pan over a low heat, cook crushed garlic for a few minutes until it just changes colour. Add the chicken and fry for 5 minutes. Sprinkle a pinch of chilli flakes, use as many as you prefer depending on what your kids can tolerate. I only use 1/4 of teaspoon. Then remove from heat.
Bring water in pot back to boil. Cook pasta according to pack instructions. Drain pasta. Add pasta, chicken and broccoli back into large pot, heat on low heat. Add roasted capsicums, stock and seasoning. Simmer for approx 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring and mixing all ingredients together. After 5 minutes the pasta is ready to serve.
Note: Chicken can be cooked in larger pieces initially and then shredded by hand at the end so easier for your little one to eat if they don’t like chewing meat. Other vegetables can also be added to the dish such as fresh cherry tomatoes or roasted eggplant, depending on what your family likes to eat.