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Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Chicken, broccoli and pasta. It is the perfect one-dish meal one a weekday night. What's not to love about it?

Except that a jar of sun-dried tomatoes cost S$8.35 a 200g jar, which is as expensive as the pound of chicken breasts in the recipe. So would you rather buy another pound of chicken breast or the jar of sun-dried tomatoes?

Since my food resolution has been about eating more whole natural food, I should be picking up another pound of chicken. But because I was trying out this recipe for the first time, I wanted to know how it really taste like before I start messing around with it.

If you have been following my blog for some time, you would know that I am fearless when coming to messing around with recipes from Cook's Illustrated/America Test Kitchen. Just not this time.

The recipe for this easy pasta dish can be found at ~wingerz and I got mine from the Cook's Illustrated Annual 2005. I love their annuals.

In fact, pasta, broccoli and chicken seems to be such a perfect combination that dish is Cook's Illustrated/America Test Kitchen has another version of it in their The America Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook.

Any difference in the two versions? Being a healthy family cookbook, the butter had been dropped in favour of olive oil. This recipe should be cheaper since it only calls for half a jar of sun-dried tomatoes. But wait ... it added 2 anchovy fillets. So after making the pasta from this recipe, you will end up with half a jar of sun-dried tomatoes and half of the tinned anchovy. Great if you would consider making another batch.

As for the version I made, it is said to be able to serve four but we were fighting with spoons to dig into the skillet.


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