Saturday, October 9, 2010

Chicken Pastina

I got this idea from Giada's Everyday Italian. It was one of her kid friendly dishes, and we all love it in my house.

1 c pastina pasta or any small pasta
2 TBSP olive oil
1 c cubed chicken breast (1-inch cubes)
1/2 c diced onion (about 1/2 a small onion)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced fire roasted tomatoes with juice
1 c shredded mozzarella
1/4 c chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c bread crumbs
1/4 c grated Parmesan
1 TBSP butter

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta into a large mixing bowl.
Meanwhile, put the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes. Add the onions and garlic, stirring to combine, and cook until the onions are soft and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Put the chicken mixture into the bowl with the cooked pasta. Add the canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Place the mixture in a buttered 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish.

In a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta mixture. Dot the top with small bits of butter. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

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