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chicken (or not) w/ broccoli and ziti

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Rosemarie Zub
Clark, NJ

I found this looking through some of my Aunts belongings of hand written recipes. Gave it a try and really LOVED IT!!The family gave this thumbs up!

(1 rating)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For chicken (or not) w/ broccoli and ziti

  • 1/4 c
    olive oil
  • 2 lg
    boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 3
    garlic cloves , slivered
  • salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 c
    broccoli flowerets
  • 1/2 lb
    ziti, cooked
  • 1/3 c
    half and half or milk
  • 1/2 c
    fresh parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • dried red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 c
    pasta water as needed

How To Make chicken (or not) w/ broccoli and ziti

  • 1
    Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the chicken with the garlic, salt, and pepper until lightly browned. Add the broccoli flowerets. Toss with the chicken. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Add milk and ONLY 1/4 of the grated Parmesan cheese. Using high heat, quickly toss all ingredients until a nice milky sauce has formed (1-2 min.).
  • 2
    Cook ziti according to package directions. Drain, but do not rinse and reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water. Toss the ziti with the butter. Add ziti to the chicken and broccoli and toss gently. Add the reserve pasta water as needed and toss again. Sprinkle with remaining grated Parmesan cheese, and red flakes. Serve.
  • 3
    NOTE: You can make this dish without the chicken, Just add a little of a vegetable stock when sautéing the garlic and broccoli.