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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Pasta with Pine Nuts, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Chicken

My friend Camilla sent this recipe to me, it’s from Prevention Magazine, see the original recipe here. It’s simple, yet delicious, full of different flavors: the pine nuts, the sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers and the basil are a wonderful combination!

Pasta with Pine Nuts, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Chicken
Servings: 4

2 cups cooked whole wheat pasta
2 ounces dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces chicken breast tenderloins, cut into bite-size pieces
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, or to taste
1/4 cup sliced fresh basil
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted

Soak tomatoes in hot water 10 minutes or until soft. Drain, reserving  1/2 cup of water, and chop.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat while farro cooks.
Season chicken with salt. Add chicken, garlic, and red-pepper flakes to skillet. Cook, stirring, until garlic turns golden, 1 1/2 minutes. Stir  in tomatoes and reserved water and cook 2 to 3 minutes until chicken  is completely cooked.
Add farro to skillet, and toss. Add basil and toss. Divide equally among 4 bowls and sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of pine  nuts. Top with more basil, if desired.

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