This recipe for chicken and kalamata olive pasta combines marinated chicken with olives, mushrooms, spinach and shell pasta in a tomato sauce with a hint of lemon. An easy dish for a lazy summer evening.
This is a great recipe for using up silverbeet from the garden. Serve with grilled zucchini, eggplant or a garden salad.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
- 1 Tbsp. Basil Infused Olive Oil (Alternatively use regular olive oil and add 1 Tbsp. finely chopped basil leaves.)
- 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice (½ a lemon.)
- 2 Cloves Garlic minced or finely chopped
- 1 Pound (500g) Chicken Breast cut into bite sized chunks.
- 1 Large Onion chopped
- 5.3 oz. (150g) Frozen Spinach or Silverbeet
- ¼ Cup Sliced Kalamata Olives
- 7 oz. (200g) Mushrooms sliced
- 17.5 oz. (500g) Pasta Sauce Plus ½ Jar Water
- 2 Cups Dry Large Shell Pasta
- In a medium bowl combine the olive oil, lemon juice and garlic then add the diced chicken and coat well. Let marinate for an hour or overnight – the longer the better.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat and cook the onion until tender. Add the chicken and brown. Use scissors to cut the frozen spinach into shreds then add to the pot with the olives, mushrooms, pasta sauce and water.
- Bring to a boil then simmer uncovered for 30 to 45 minutes until thickened. Cook the pasta to al dente and add to the pot, tossing everything through gently.
- Serve with parmesan cheese and crusty bread.
Any type of pasta can be used in this recipe. Try spinach fettuccini or whole wheat penne for an even healthier option.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 10.05 g||15.5%|
|Saturated Fat 1.647 g||8.2%|
|Trans Fat 0.012 g|
|Cholesterol 103 mg||34.3%|
|Sodium 640 mg||26.7%|
|Total Carbohydrate 60.74 g||20.2%|
|Dietary Fiber 10.7 g||42.8%|
|Sugars 8.92 g|
|Protein 41.39 g|
|Vitamin A 5204 IU||Vitamin C 21.1 mg|
|Calcium 99 mg||Iron 4.53 mg|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
Bump up the flavour a notch by adding fresh basil leaves at the end.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
This recipe is dairy free. For gluten free; use your favorite gluten free pasta to replace the shell pasta.
Save money by buying larger jars of Kalamata olives. They are wonderful in salads, are used in appetizers and on gourmet pizzas.
Consider growing your own basil at home. They are best grown in pots in either a windowsill or a sunny position in the garden. Hard rain can damage the leaves leaving black spots so a protected sunny position is best. For more information on growing basil see this guide.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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