Monday, October 20, 2008

Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina

I haven't updated this in almost a week! I can honestly say I haven't even cooked since my last entry. We have been so busy BUYING A HOUSE! But... now that the house is in attorney review and we can relax a little it is back to cooking. So I saw this recipe floating around on various websites for awhile now. I love Giada and love many of her recipes. This one was so good! I kept the recipe almost exactly as the original, but I did make one change and I think it was great! I decided to cook the pastina in chicken broth and let it absorb the broth. I thought this would add more flavor then just boiling it in water and draining it. John and I both loved this so much!

1 cup pastina pasta (or any small pasta)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup cubed chicken breast (1-inch cubes)
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 can of garlic flavored chicken broth (or really any chicken broth)

1- Put the chicken broth and pastina in a pot, bring to a simmer. Cook until all of the liquid is absorbed.
2- Meanwhile, put the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until done.
3- Put the chicken into the bowl with the cooked pasta. Add the canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
4-Place the mixture in a buttered 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish. In a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta mixture. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.


  1. Mmmm, this looks great! You can't go wrong with Giada's recipes! I know exactly how you feel about being so busy due to buying a home! We just recently bought one too and my poor blog was SO neglected during everything - luckily things have slowed down. They will for you too! Congrats on a new house, though! Your chicken looks fantastic!


  2. With the new house you can expect to see more posts because we will definitely not be eating out as much for a while.

  3. I've made this one twice! Sooo good!