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February 08, 2018

SPICY ARTICHOKE CHICKEN PASTA

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No frills, just full of flavor. Garlic, marinated artichokes, red pepper flakes, and a secret ingredient make this Spicy Artichoke Chicken Pasta flavor-packed. This one-pot meal cooks easily in less than 30 minutes!

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My daughter was over the house when I made this easy-peasy one-pot meal for a photoshoot a few days ago. She took a bite and immediately wanted more. I was reassured right then and there that I raised her right (proud Mom). My son, who does not go out of his way to eat artichokes, really digs it was well. I made this pasta three times in the past two weeks and he has helped me polish off every single one.




What about the hubs, some of you might ask? He, on the other hand, marches to the beat of his own boring food drum. He likes what he likes and seldomly strays. I didn't bother asking him to try this pasta. I know him too well.  #pickyeater

SPICY ARTICHOKE CHICKEN PASTA



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Spicy Artichoke Chicken Pasta is a perfect meal to make on a busy weeknight or any day the schedule is jammed packed. With this dish, a delicious home cooked meal that does not require much time and effort can be had. 

And when it's time to clean up, no big deal. Sometimes it can seem to take almost as long as it takes to make the meal. Not so here: one pot = fast cleanup. I hope this one-pot meal fad never goes away!! 

SPICY ARTICHOKE CHICKEN PASTA

I'll let you in on the secret: there are anchovies in this dish. I've said this before and I'll say it again, if you don't think you like anchovies, try not to leave them out. They dissolve and add a depth of flavor without making the dish taste fishy. They only make things taste better. Really!!

If you are not a lover of heat, don't let the "spicy" in the name turn you off. The amount in this recipe is just enough for medium heat level. Reducing the amount of red pepper flakes by half will provide the essence of warmth without it tasting spicy. Sorry, I'm not going to tell you to leave it out entirely.

SPICY ARTICHOKE CHICKEN PASTA

Fine egg pasta contributes to the speediness of this meal. But because it is so fine, paying attention to the cooking time is important. Delicate pasta of this type can turn from just right to mushy in no time. This dish is best served immediately. The egg noodles cook using residual heat of the pan and is ready to eat five minutes from the time it is incorporated into the skillet to the time it hits the table. If you make this, call the family to the table then add the pasta to the remaining ingredients in the skillet. Within the five minutes it takes for the gang to get to the table, the pasta is perfect and ready to eat.

I have made this dish with and without a splash of heavy cream. Although the no-cream version is good, I highly recommend adding a bit of cream. It adds a smooth, velvety texture that coats your tongue. The images in this post was from a batch cooked without a splash of cream. The OCD side of me wants to do another photoshoot using a batch cooked with cream. The practical side of me says my plate is too full to redo a photoshoot that would yield almost identical photos. Since this post is already a few days late in getting published, the practical side of me won.

That's it for now, friends. I hope you are having great week! 


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SPICY ARTICHOKE CHICKEN PASTA  

SPICY ARTICHOKE CHICKEN PASTA


INGREDIENTS:

3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 1/4 (approx.) lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 cup chopped onion
6 anchovy fillets
1 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
3 tbsp. chopped garlic
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
12 oz. marinated artichoke hearts, drained and rough chop large pieces
1/4 cup heavy cream (optional, but highly recommended)
12 oz. bag fine egg noodles
Parmesan cheese shavings for garnishing



INSTRUCITONS:

Cut chicken into 1/2 to 3/4-inch chunks. Season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Preheat a large non-stick skillet on medium high. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add chicken. Cook for 4 minutes, turning to sear on all sides. Transfer to a plate.

Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining olive oil to the skillet. Add onion and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring for 3 minutes. Add anchovies and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently and using a spatula to break up anchovies. 

Pour in chicken broth, heavy cream. Add artichoke, chicken, and the remaining salt and pepper. Increase heat to high, then turn off heat as soon as broth boils. Leave skillet on burner. 

Add pasta. Quickly work pasta into the broth. It's fine if all the pasta is not completely submerged. Cover for 3 minutes. Remove cover and stir to completely submerge any partly cooked pasta. Leave uncovered for 2 minutes. 

Serve immediately with fresh Parmesan shavings, optional.

Makes 4 servings.



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21 comments:

  1. I love this version of pasta and chicken recipe. Great mix of ingredients and good suggestion in using anchovies, definitely adds more flavor to food. Thanks for sharing this easy and flavorful recipe, Thao!

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  2. Thank you for stopping by, Caitlyn. Anchovies are so underrated, aren't they?

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  3. You had me at spicy! Looks like one comforting dish! I do enjoy anchovies... the only thing that I tried them in that I didn't like was pizza....other than that, they're deish! Love how quickly this comes together too. Perfect for busy weeknight dinners or a special Friday night meal :) Have a great weekend, Thao!

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    1. Spicy makes things a little more interesting! I have never had anchovies on my pizza, and I can probably hold a little longer on that one :) Have a wonderful weekend, Dawn!

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  4. I don't use artichokes often, but I do love them!! Another great weeknight pasta dish sounds like just what I need. I would definitely not leave out any of that heat!

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    1. I go through phase with artichokes, and right now, they're on. I'm glad you want to leave in the heat!!

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  5. I love this combination, very clever! I bet it's delicious :)

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  6. Artichokes are so good, but I find that I don't eat them that often. I love that you put them in pasta with chicken and anchovies. What a fantastic combination of flavours!

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    1. Thanks Marie. I would actually like to use fresh artichokes more, but I'm a bit lazy when it comes to that. Thank goodness for canned and jarred artichokes, which are also yummy!

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  7. This sounds so delicious! Anchovies in pasta delicious are the best. Plus, cream. YUM. I'm going ot have to make this for sure!

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    1. I love anchovies in pasta! I hope you'll give this a try!!

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  8. You have NO IDEA how excited I am about this pasta. Artichoke hearts are my absolute favorite food on earth. (No kidding!) This sounds so freaking good, Thao! Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Wow! Even more than chocolate? I'm so glad I know this about you, Kelsie! Happy Valentine's Day to you too! :)

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  9. love how flavorful this sounds! artichokes are so deliciously sweet, and the anchovies sound awesome (then again, i'm the person who adds fish sauce to anything and everything lol).

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    1. Take it from the one who says her blood is part soy sauce, I get you! :)

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  11. YUMMM! This recipe looks incredible! I adore artichokes and haven't made a recipe with them in awhile. I'm pinning this recipe so I can make it this coming week! YAY!

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    1. I'm so happy you are pinning it, Christina! I hope you'll get a chance to try it (and love it). Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. This is exactly what I would love to eat right now, it immediately caught my attention. And I am so glad it is made with marinated artichokes from a jar, because I very rarely see any fresh artichokes around here. Plus they are so expensive... I am so making this, I have every ingredient in the house.

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    1. I don't see fresh one much either. Marinated artichokes are always available and go good. I'm so glad you're trying this out, Adina! I hope you like it!!

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