Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli

Total Time: under 1 hrs      Prep Time: less than 30 mins        Cooking Time: 10 to 30 min    Serves 2-3



Chopping Board

Sharp knife

2 x Large saucepans

Large frying pan

Large spoon



1-2 skinless chicken breasts, depending on size

1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for rubbing

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

pinch chilli flakes

300g cream

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

200g pasta – Penne or Tagliatele

200g Tenderstem broccoli, sliced into bite-sized chunks

125g mixed carrots & corn for colour if required

125g baby spinach, washed

½ bunch basil leaves – preferably freshly picked

1-2 tbsp finely grated parmesan



  • To prepare the chicken, turn the breast over and, with the edge of a knife parallel to the cutting board, begin cutting down the length of the side of the breast. Carefully slice the breast almost in half horizontally, not quite cutting through to the other edge. Keep that edge intact and open up the breast like you are opening up a book. This will make the meat a uniform thickness to ensure a quick and even cooking
  • Heat a large saucepan over a medium-low heat. Add the olive oil to the pan. Once warm, add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook for two minutes, then stir in the cream and cook for two more minutes
  • Add the seasoning, stir to mix well and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Leave to simmer gently while you prepare the rest of the dish
  • Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook according to the packet instructions. Add the broccoli two minutes before the end of cooking. Drain thoroughly
  • Meanwhile heat a frying pan over a high heat until smoking. Rub the chicken with a little oil and season with a tiny bit of salt and pepper then fry for 3-5 minutes on each side. Set aside to rest for five minutes before slicing into bite-sized pieces
  • Add the cooked pasta and broccoli (and the carrots & corn if required) to the pan together with the cream and half the parmesan cheese (if necessary add a little hot water from the pasta). Stir well and then add the cooked and sliced fried chicken, spinach and the basil leaves. Season again with plenty of black pepper and allow the spinach and basil to wilt. Sprinkle with the rest of the parmesan and serve.

Beautiful Mediterranean food – tasty and healthy