Greek Macaroni and Cheese
This is one of our lighter versions of mac and cheese because it uses no cream. It does have a few more ingredients than some of the other recipes in this section, but if its popularity among our guests is any indication, your family will love it!"Good stuff. Nice mix of flavors, all the tastes mingled well. Only the chicken seemed to be overwhelmed. I'm thinking I may grill the breasts next time, then slice and add them in at the end, to better preserve their flavor. Overall, though, great recipe!" - dakotarussell
Yield: 4 Servings Ready in moments
Cuisine: Main Ingredient: Chicken
favorite of 34 people 26 people want to try
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|2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 3/4 lb); cut into 2 by 0.5 inch strips|
|1 tspkosher salt (divided); plus more for salting pasta water|
|1/2 tspblack pepper, freshly ground|
|1/4 cupall-purpose flour|
|2 tbspolive oil|
|1 tbspgarlic (about 2 large cloves); finely chopped|
|3 mediumtomatoes (2 cups); diced|
|5 packed cupsfresh spinach leaves; washed and stems trimmed|
|1.5 tbspfresh oregano leaves; chopped|
|2 cupsdry white wine|
|1.5 cupsfeta cheese; crumbled|
|1 cupKalamata olives; pitted|
|2 tbspunsalted butter|
|1/4 cupParmesan cheese; grated (for garnish)|
Greek Macaroni and Cheese Preparation
1. Arrange the chicken strips in a single layer on a plate or baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with 1.4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Place the flour in a shallow bowl and dredge the chicken in flour on both sides
2. Place a large saute pan over high heat for a couple of minutes. When hot, add the olive oil, swirl the pan to coat, and add the chicken strips in a single layer. Cook until slightly browned, about 1 minute. Turn the pieces or stir them so they brown evenly, about 1.5 minutes more.
3. Reduce the heat to medium-high. Push the chicken strips to the side of the pan as they continue to cook, and add the garlic. Cook until just fragrant, about 1 minute, but do not let it brown or it will taste bitter.
4. Add the tomatoes, season with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper, and cook until they start to give off their juices, about 2 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Salt it generously. Stir in the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain (don't rinse) and return to the empty pot.
6. Add the spinach, oregano, remaining 1/2 tsp salt and remaining 1/4 tsp pepper to the pan with the tomatoes. Stir until the spinach has wilted, about 5 minutes. Add the wine to the pan, stirring to scrape up any browned bits, and cook over medium-high heat until reduced slightly and the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
7. Add the feta and olives to the pan, stirring well to incorporate. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter, 1 tbsp at a time, until the sauce has thickened slightly.
8. Stir the sauce into the cooked and drained pasta in the pot. place over medium heat and simmer for 2 minutes to thicken the sauce and allow the pasta to absorb the flavors, stirring now and then.
9. Serve in individual bowls topped with Parmesan cheese.
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