Whole Grain Rotini with Balsamic Chicken & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Ready in 2 hours

This is a quick and easy dish packed with flavor and it is versatile enough to serve with a variety of pasta noodles, if you don't have Rotini on hand. I like to serve it with my Zesty Garlic Cheese Bread on the side.

"A great no brain meal for dinner after a busy day at work. Or when you want something yummy, but you don't want to spend a lifetime cooking it."

- donaliz

Top-ranked recipe named "Whole Grain Rotini with Balsamic Chicken & Sun Dried Tomatoes"

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Ingredients

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1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Dried basil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 cloves Garlic; minced
1 tablespoon Granulated sugar
2 tablespoon Water
Salt; to taste
Black pepper; to taste
4 Chicken breast; skinless, boneless
3 1/2 ounces Sun-dried tomatoes; chopped
1/2 cup Black olives; halved
1 tablespoon Granulated sugar
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Original recipe makes 4

Servings  

Preparation

Mix 1st 10 ingredients together to make a marinade for the chicken. Pour over chicken in a shallow baking dish and marinate for 2-3 hours.

After marinating, preheat oven to 350 deg F. Tilt baking dish over and pour excess marinade into a small saucepan and set aside on the stove. This will later be cooked further to make your sauce for the dish.

Bake chicken in oven for 30-35 minutes or until juices are running clear. Watch chicken carefully, so as to not overcook and dry out. They should be nice and juicy. (Time will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts). Once you think they are almost done, turn oven off bake setting and switch to broil for 3-5 minutes to get a slight caramelization on them. Remove from oven and let chicken rest for a couple minutes.

While chicken is resting, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside. Once rested, cut chicken into bite sized pieces.

While pasta is cooking, bring reserved marinade in the small saucepan to a boil to make a sauce. Then reduce heat to a simmer and let simmer for 8-10 minutes while stirring often. Towards the end of the cooking time, add 1 more TBS of granulated sugar to the sauce.

Toss chicken, pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and sauce together. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.

Notes

If watching your salt intake, omit the salt from the marinade, as the parmesan at the end will add salt to the dish as well.

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A great no brain meal for dinner after a busy day at work. Or when you want something yummy, but you don't want to spend a lifetime cooking it.
donaliz 1 year ago
If watching your salt intake, omit the salt from the marinade, as the parmesan at the end will add salt to the dish as well. [I posted this recipe.]
CookingPassion 4 years ago
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