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One pot pasta with chicken and broccoli

With the back to school season already in full swing, weeknights can be quite hectic! And more often than not, making dinner can be quite stressful especially if there has been no meal prep done ahead of time. So here is one recipe for your weeknight dinner that will take you only 30 minutes to prepare and to cook. Plus a major advantage of one pot/skillet recipes is that you use only one DISH, saving you more time and energy on washing dishes! Are you sold yet by the recipe??

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Quantity: 4-6 portions

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 450g), cut into strips
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) dried basil
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) oil
  • 1 big onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chopped tomatoes or a 28-ounce can of tomatoes
  • 2 cups (500 ml) chicken broth
  • 3 cups dry pasta of your choice (I used fusilli but you can also use penne, spaghetti or macaroni)
  • 4 cups of chopped broccoli
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves

Instructions
1. Season the chicken strips with paprika, dried basil, salt and pepper.
2. Heat oil in a pot or large skillet over medium heat and add the onions and garlic. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.
3. Add the chicken strips and brown them on all sides (about 3-4 minutes).
4. Add the chopped tomatoes, chicken broth, and uncooked pasta to the pan.
5. Cover the pot with a lid and bring this mixture to a boil and cook for 10 minutes
6. Lower the heat and simmer for another 10 minutes until the pasta is cooked. Add the broccoli to the pot in the last 5 minutes.
7. You can remove the lid and allow the pasta to cook for another 5 minutes if there is still some liquid left in the pot.
8. Remove your pot or skillet from the heat and sprinkle the basil leaves on top.