Monday, August 16, 2010

Grilled chicken & summer squash pasta *melissa

When my vegetable garden started producing enough goodies to harvest I had to start getting creative in the kitchen. So far I have an overabundance of summer squash, a few cherry tomatoes and lots of basil. So, I came up with this concoction for dinner one night. 

1 large chicken breast
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 
buffalo mozzarella, cubed
summer squash
1 cup frozen peas
bowtie pasta
Parmesan cheese 
olive oil
salt & pepper (to taste)
grill seasoning


Start with slicing the squash in strips from end to end, about 1/4" thick. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with grill seasoning or just plain sea salt and pepper.

Place on hot outdoor grill or stovetop grill pan. Butterfly the chicken breast, brush with olive oil to both sides and sprinkle with grill seasoning. Grill each side approximately 4-5 minutes depending on thickness.


While squash and chicken are grilling cook the pasta adding the frozen peas straight to the boiling pasta for the last two minutes. 

Slice up the squash and chicken into bite size pieces. 

In a large skillet on low heat 1 Tbs olive oil. Add pasta, peas, chicken, and tomatoes. Toss to coat in olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add basil, squash and diced buffalo mozzarella at the very end. Serve and enjoy!

**Key to a great tasting pasta...use a great tasting olive oil! I love Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  

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