Shredded Chicken Breast, Shiitake Mushrooms And Zucchini Pasta

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This recipe makes a healthy pasta dish, as it has a lot of vegetables, lean chicken and no cheese. The flavor of this pasta though is certainly not like a typical “healthy” recipe – the flavor is full, complex and very satisfying. In fact, it’s better than most restaurant pastas that I’ve tried!

Onions, shiitake mushrooms, shredded chicken breast, garlic and tomato sauce dress the pasta and turn it into an outstanding one-dish meal. Try this pasta recipe for dinner, and you’ll want to make it again and again!:)

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
8 oz shiitake mushrooms
5 small zucchinis
1 onion
4 garlic cloves
1 jar (32 oz) pasta sauce
1 1/2 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

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Preparation:

Heat 1/2 tbsp of oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 5 minutes. Flip them over and cook for another 5 minutes, or until cooked through (no longer pink in center when cut). Remove the chicken from the frying pan. Let cool for 5 minutes, then shred the chicken in the food processor fitted with the top round “slicer” blade.

While the chicken is cooking, chop the onion and set aside. Remove the stems from shiitake mushrooms and discard the stems. Chop the shiitake mushroom caps and set aside. Peel and chop the zucchini and set aside. Mince the garlic and set aside.

Cook the pasta according the package directions. When it’s done cooking, drain it and set aside.

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring periodically, for 4 minutes. Add shiitake mushrooms and cook, stirring periodically, for 5 minutes. Add zucchini and cook, stirring periodically, for 5 minutes, or until zucchini is tender, but still a little crunchy. Add minced garlic, salt and pepper and stir. Add shredded chicken and stir. Add the pasta sauce and mix until combined.

Heat the 2nd non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat (you need 2 frying pans because one frying pan won’t fit all the pasta). Put half of the pasta sauce mixture in the second frying pan (it should be divided between 2 frying pans). Put half of the pasta in one frying pan and half in the other. Stir until the pasta is combined with the pasta sauce mixture. Add salt and pepper if necessary. Remove from heat and serve.

Cooking time: 30 minutes