get monthly recipes, ideas and tips »

Pairing Pasta with Chicken

Posted on March 28, 2013

When it comes to preparing chicken, there’s absolutely no reason to cook just enough for your dinner table. Same goes for pasta.  If you throw an extra breast on the grill and cook the entire box of pasta even if there are only 3 of you at the table you’ll have a head start on a chicken and pasta dish for your next meal. Here are some suggestions for pairing these two dinnertime staples.

Grilled Chicken Alfredo: Sauté some garlic in a medium sized pan, then pour in the cream. Allow to cook until the sauce thickens and season with a squeeze of lemon juice or some white wine.  Toss with grilled FreeBird chicken breast cut into strips and precooked linguini. Finish the dish with fresh parsley, grated Parmesan cheese and plenty of cracked pepper.

Rotisserie Chicken Primavera: Toss red onions, zucchini and yellow squash in a sauté pan and cook until golden and just tender. Add fresh thyme and some white wine, then toss in pulled pieces of rotisserie chicken and pre-cooked spaghetti. Finish off the dish with baby arugula or spinach leaves and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Cacciatore Chicken Linguini: Brown Some FreeBird chicken legs with an assortment of red, yellow and green bell peppers and a few cloves of chopped garlic, then add red wine, chopped tomatoes and fresh oregano. Now you’ve made a pasta sauce as well as a delicious chicken preparation. On day 1 serve with polenta and green beans. For lunch or dinner the next day, simply slide the chicken meat off of the bone and toss together with cooked linguini for an easy follow-up meal.

Crispy Chicken Pesto Penne: Take those extra crispy chicken fingers beyond kiddie food. Simply heat the chicken in a pan with prepared pesto and cooked penne pasta. Add a burst of color and hit of fresh flavor by tossing in some cherry tomatoes. Garnish with some toasted pine nuts and this simple dish is reason enough to make sure you always have plenty of chicken and pasta prepared for your next plate.