Greek chicken dish gets better with time

  • Tue Mar 16th, 2010 10:54pm
  • Life

By J.M. Hirsch Associated Press

It’s a pasta! No, it’s a salad! Or can it be both?

In the case of this easy Greek- inspired chicken dish, that would be a yes.

You start by making a basic lemon vinaigrette, to which you add crumbled feta and the meat from a rotisserie chicken (the workhorse of the weeknight kitchen).

Let the flavors meld for a while. You don’t need to limit yourself to 15 minutes. If you have time to prep the dish to this stage the night before or morning of, the flavors will only get better. Just be sure to let everything lose the chill before proceeding.

From there, you mix in some halved cherry tomatoes and diced red bell pepper. After that, it’s up to you. I like to toss everything with some fresh fettuccine. Adding a bit of the pasta cooking water helps the feta and vinaigrette combine into a delicious sauce.

Greek chicken with fettuccine

2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt and ground black pepper

Meat from a 2- to 2 1/2-pound rotisserie chicken (about 11/2 pounds cooked meat)

8ounces feta, cut into small cubes or crumbled

1pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1tablespoon fresh oregano leaves

1red bell pepper, cored and diced

112-ounce package fresh fettuccine

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add the chicken and feta, then toss lightly to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes to let the flavors meld.

Add the tomatoes, oregano and red bell pepper to the chicken and feta, then toss lightly to mix.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta and add it to the bowl of chicken. Add the reserved water, then toss until well mixed. Adjust seasonings.

Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 671 calories; 216 calories from fat; 24 g fat (11 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 200 mg cholesterol; 54 g carbohydrate; 59 g protein; 4 g fiber; 1,060 mg sodium.