Saturday, July 23, 2011

Broccoli Chicken Skillet Pasta {Vegetarian}

Day 204.

Our kids are sort of their mother's daughter. They do weird things like gobble up broccoli (well, weird for a lot of kids, as I understand it). So, this one was made with them in mind. And of course, we call our youngest the "breaditarian," so anything with carbs is a big hit with her. I think this one's going to be a kid favorite.

Broccoli Chicken Skillet Pasta
Adapted from Broccoli Chicken Skillet Pasta.
  • 4 cups chicken substitute, cubed (I used 1 bag Quorn chicken tenders) 
  • olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces (2.5 cups) small pasta (I used penne)
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 broccoli crown, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 roasted red pepper, rinsed and chopped (I roasted a sliced red pepper for about 30 minutes at 400 with olive oil and salt, you could also use about 1 cup jarred)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
Add olive oil to a warm skillet, and add onion, red pepper flakes, oregano and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds.
Sprinkle the pasta evenly into the skillet. Pour the broth and milk over the farfalle. Cover and bring to a boil, about five minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the broccoli, chicken and roasted peppers. Cover and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta begins to soften and the broccoli turns bright green, about 8 minutes.

Stir in the parmesan and lemon juice (if using). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

The Results
Pretty darn good. I love the red peppers and broccoli. This could, surprisingly in spite of the red pepper flakes, use a bit more pepping up. It was good, but not a knockout. As expected, the kids liked it. But I think Bug prefers her broccoli raw. She ate this, but didn't devour it like she does raw broccoli.

This post is shared with What's for Lunch Wednesday , Simply Delish and Muffin Tin Monday.


  1. This is definitely, my kind of meal, and I can picture it on my table.

  2. I think we will give this a try but tweek it with real chicken and maybe cream instead of milk........