Italian Chicken with Oregano Infused Pasta
Italian Chicken with Oregano Infused Pasta

Italian Chicken with Oregano Infused Pasta

April 18, 2016

This mouthwatering meal is one you'll want to make over & over again, especially on busy days. It's very easy to put together & cleanup is so easy!

Serves: 2

Ingredients

1 1/4 tsp dried oregano (divided)

Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

2 organic, boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 1/2 lb each

4 tsp basil pesto (see Tip# 1)

4 - 1/4" to 1/3" thick slices from an organic tomato

4 oz mozzarella cheese, either cut 4 thick slices from a whole ball or use shredded

1 1/2 to 2 cups tri-colored rotini pasta (or use whatever pasta you like)

1 1/2 to 2 Tblsp butter

1/8 tsp granulated garlic powder

Kosher or sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper

Directions

1 Fill a 5.5 quart pot, 2/3 full, with water. Add 1 tsp oregano & 1 Tblsp salt, cover & set aside while preparing the chicken.

2 Preheat oven to 400°.

3 Grease the bottom of two 8" x 6" glass baking dishes, each with 1 tsp EVOO.

4 Place a chicken breast in each, sprinkle with salt & pepper. On each; spread on 2 tsp pesto, top with 2 tomato slices, add a little salt & pepper, then evenly distribute 1/2 the mozzarella on top.

5 Bake on middle oven rack for 30 to 35 minutes or till chicken is cooked through to 160° & cheese is browning a bit. Remove from oven & set aside while you cook the pasta (see Tip# 3).

6 Bring the oregano water to a boil, add pasta & cook according to package directions till al dente.

7 Drain pasta & return to pot. Add butter & allow to melt. Add 1/4 tsp oregano, 1/8 tsp garlic & pepper to taste, stir to coat.

8 Slide chicken breasts to one side of each baking dish. Add pasta & serve right in baking dishes.

Italian Chicken with Oregano Infused Pasta

Tips & Suggestions

1 You'll find commercially prepared pesto in most supermarkets. I suggest buying a good quality made with EVOO or making your own from scratch, which has a far superior taste to store bought & it freezes beautifully, so you'll always have some on hand for recipes.

2 You can prepare the chicken, with toppings, in advance. Cover & refrigerate till ready to bake.

3 The chicken will continue to cook as it rests, while you make the pasta, reaching the safe temperature of 165°.

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