Sunday, April 3, 2011

Chicken Pasta with Apple Cucumber and Cheese

At the store, chicken breasts, cucumbers, apples, cheese and pasta were on sale, I decided to make a light Spring dish that welcomed the warmer weather. It is savoury, sweet and crunchy, and we both felt so satisfied after this quick and easy dinner I just had to share!

For the pasta:
Bring a pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions. I used about 450g of fusilli, rotini or any twisted pasta will work well as they catch the marinate dressing on their ridges.

For the dressing:
While pasta is cooking, in a big bowl enough to hold all the ingredients of this dish, mix the following dressing, stir with big spoon until combined.
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
1.5 tbsp of dried parsley flakes
generous dash of ground black pepper
pinch of chili flakes

For the pasta dish:
In the same bowl as the mixed dressing, add 1 chicken breast, pull apart with hands into smaller chunks about 0.5" pieces, leave skin on and remove bone. Click here for recipe on how to cook chicken.

Add 1 Ambrosia apple, chopped into 0.5" pieces (any sweet and crunchy apple will do, I used Ambrosia because it was the variety that was on sale)
Add half an English cucumber, chopped into bite size pieces, about 0.5".
Mix thoroughly until all ingredients added are covered with dressing.
After pasta is cooked, immediately drain water in colander, add drained pasta to bowl.

Add 1 cup of cheese cubes, about 0.5" in size, I used a mix of Havarti and Cheddar cheese, Mozzarella will go well.

Mix thoroughly and serve on plate. This makes 4 generous servings or 5 smaller portions. Enjoy!

Option:
For a non-dairy version, remove cheese. Although the dish does well with the cheese, the saltiness pairs nicely with the sweet apple.

4 comments:

  1. I like your blog. I can't wait to try this. Thanks....Daniel

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  2. Hi Daniel (aka oil painting lessons): Thanks for stopping by! If you do try it do let me know.

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  3. sepertinya lezat, di negaraku tidak ada yang seperti ini

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  4. Hi Jusmi: I did a translation on your comment ~ seems delicious, in my country there is nothing like this. Thanks for visiting!

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