This dish is closely similar in taste to Pasta Carbonara which is a common white sauce pasta in the Philippines. I prefer this one because the Mediterranean combination of flavors is more interesting and this recipe does not use bacon.
The sauce is a combination of white wine, chicken broth and of course feta cheese with a lot of seasoning and Mediterranean ingredients thrown in. The major advantage of this recipe is that you only cook it in one pot and do not have to cook the pasta separately.
I used penne pasta but you can use any quick-cooking short pasta. Penne is traditionally cooked al dente (not mushy) and it makes it perfect for this one-pot dish.
One Pot Chicken Pasta Recipe
This is chicken with penne pasta cooked with a creamy sauce made of feta cheese and white wine.
- 1 lb chicken tenders
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup pitted black olives
- 2 tbsp capers
- 1 shallot or 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 1/2 cup mushroom sliced
- 1 lb dry penne pasta or similar
for the sauce
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half - Note*
- 8 oz feta cheese
- 2 to 3 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 tsp dry oregano
- 1/2 tsp dry basil
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes adjust to your taste
- salt and ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
- basil for garnish
Cut up the chicken into cubes.
In a large pot, heat olive oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper and oregano and cook for about 5 minutes, continuously turning.
Set it on the side of the pan and put garlic, onions, mushroom, kale or spinach (if desired) and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Mix in with the chicken.
Add in the dry pasta, olives, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, white wine and chicken stock. The pasta should be covered by the liquid. You can add more water or broth to fully cover it.
Season with oregano and basil, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes,
Bring to a boil, put heat to medium and cook uncovered about 15 minutes until pasta is cooked (al dente - firm). Stir occasionally.
Reduce to low and add in the cream or half n half and feta sauce. Mix until the feta melts into the sauce. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes more until well blended.
Serve with cut up basil for garnish.
Note: Using half n half is lower in fat but results in a less creamy sauce.
How to Serve
Serve immediately after cooking. You can have a side salad with this or toasted garlic bread depending on your preference.
What are capers?
Capers are a common ingredient in Mediterranean cooking. I love capers because they add salty, briny taste and brings the dish to life.
Capers are the buds of a perennial plant. When the buds are picked before they bloom, it becomes what we know as capers for cooking. Capers grow in the Mediterranean, Central Asia and in Australia. The best ones come from an island in Italy.
Capers are very salty which is why you only use a little of it. You can rinse under running water to remove the excess brine but that for me is a waste of capers. Anyone who likes salty, briny flavors (such as olives) would probably enjoy the taste of capers.
Capers are commonly sold in a jar in the pickle aisle and can be used for sandwiches, pasta, meat dishes, pizza. I always have a jar of capers in my pantry. I use it for chicken piccata which is another favorite in our house.
Health Benefits of Olive Oil
Olive oil is said to reduce the risk of stroke, lowers blood pressure and improves the lining of blood vessels. Although olive oil is fat, consuming it is not related to weight gain and may even help with weight loss.
Consumption of olive oil helps remove plaques in the brains which cause Alzheimer’s disease. It is also found helpful for general brain function. It has beneficial effects on blood sugar and insulin sensitivity and so it helps manage diabetes.
To get most of these benefits, you should pick extra virgin olive oil which is the form that retains most of the antioxidants. It is a little more expensive but the health benefits are worth it.
What do You Think?
Try this creamy pasta recipe. Get a taste of the Mediterranean. If sun-dried tomatoes are not available where you are, you can use fresh cherry tomatoes. If feta cheese is not available, you can use ricotta cheese or goat cheese. Enjoy this dish and more importantly, enjoy washing one less pot after cooking.
I hope you start adding extra virgin olive oil in your diet. The benefits are numerous and you do not even have to use a lot of it. Just use it in place of your regular cooking oil.
Here are some links to ingredients that I used.
Kain Na! (Let’s Eat).