Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Chicken Primavera Aglio Olio

What in the world is chicken primavera aglio olio? Aglio e olio, is of course, my favorite Italian dish in the world - garlic, garlic, garlic! - pasta cooked in garlic and oil. Primavera often means the 'spring' season, and in food, pasta primavera means pasta and vegetables. Add that all together, we have chicken and fresh vegetables added in aglio olio.

Somehow, chicken primavera aglio olio is like Chinese fried noodles, because basically, it is a stirfry. Also, it is a full meal. You have your starch (pasta), protein (chicken) and veggies all in one plate, and boy does it smell good. I'm a garlic fan, and I will fry garlic in oil every day because it makes the house smell so good. So good!



Ingredients:

  • 5 cloves garlic (or more, depending on your taste) (minced)
  • 1 chicken thigh (deboned and cut into cubes)
  • 1 zucchini (sliced)
  • 1 carrot (sliced)
  • 1 broccoli (broken into small florets)
  • 1/3 pound (packet) pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • a dash of pepper
  • a dash of red chili flakes
  • grated parmesan/romano cheese


Method:

  • Boil pasta as per instructions on the box. (Or, you can be fancy and make your own pasta.) I used angel hair, because its thinner, cooks faster, and has more surface area of contact with the other ingredients, hence better absorption of flavors.


everything all ready to go!

  • Over a medium-low heat fry the minced garlic in garlic oil and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt until it smells good, and is on the verge of being golden brown. (I like to add salt to my garlic/oil mixture because it flavors the oil and makes the garlic bits very tasty.)


garlic, in the pan and smelling awesom

  • Turn up the heat to medium-high. 
  • Add the broccoli florets and fry until the broccoli changes to a darker green (about 30 - 45 seconds). 
  • Add carrots and chicken, and fry until chicken is whitish on the outside but still pink inside (about 1min-ish). 
  • Add zucchini and fry until everything is almost cooked.


really pink chicken
  • Add cooked pasta, 1 teaspoon of salt (more or less, up to your taste buds), dash of black pepper, dash of chili flakes and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. 

zucchini and pasta added

  • Just before you serve, grate some fresh parmesan (or romano, if you desire something stronger) on the pasta and voila! Go eat!

and served!

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