15-minute chicken pasta

15-minute chicken pasta

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(66 ratings)

Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Enjoy fast food with a mouthwateringly healthy chicken pasta - low in fat too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal531
  • fat11g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs70g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein43g
  • salt0.52g
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  • 300g broccoli, cut into small florets



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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 3 large skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks



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  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • juice of 1 large or 2 small oranges



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  • 25g flaked almond, toasted


  1. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions. Three minutes before the pasta is cooked, throw the broccoli into the pasta water and continue to boil.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, gently heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Tip in the chicken and fry, stirring occasionally, until the chicken pieces are cooked and golden, about 8-10 minutes, adding the garlic for the last 2 minutes.

  3. Mix the mustard with the orange juice in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the chicken, and gently simmer for a minute or two. Drain the pasta and broccoli, reserving 3 tablespoons of the pasta water. Toss the pasta and broccoli with the chicken, stir in the pasta water and the almonds, season well and serve.

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1st May, 2011
alright but nothing special
18th Mar, 2011
Meh. I would prefer to cook the pasta in stock to give it flavour and then drizzle in olive oil and lemon juice. This was over all just a sweet watery taste with the pasta and orange.
7th Mar, 2011
Wasn't expecting this to taste as nice as it did. Very quick and easy. Putting the rest in the fridge for my lunch tomorrow :o)
15th Feb, 2011
Tasty and quick. It's a good choice for a healthy lunch. I loved this food.
13th Jan, 2011
Well it just wasn't that great. I agree it was dry and the tastes not that appealing. The kids chewed it under protest and husband had toast instead when he got in from work. Better luck next time.
4th Jan, 2011
delish... had to use peas as no broccoli in the fridge. also sprinkled some parmesan over at the end as my husband can't fathom the idea of pasta without cheese! very yummy!
1st Nov, 2010
Good points: super easy and quick recipe. Bad points: a bit on the bland side. Tried it once. Both my husband and I thought it fine but definitely won't be making it again.
Ferrari butterfly
5th Sep, 2010
quick and easy, didn't taste bad!
15th Aug, 2010
Quick, easy and delicious! I used pine nuts instead of almonds. It was just perfect.
28th Jun, 2010
no, i just follow the recipe...it's simply delicious.


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