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Summer Vegetable Rigatoni with Chicken

Cherry tomatoes and sugar snap peas are the real showstoppers in Summer Vegetable Rigatoni with Chicken.

Cooking Light JUNE 2014

  • Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Hands-on: 25 Minutes
  • Total: 40 Minutes


  • 12 ounces uncooked rigatoni
  • 1 1/2 cups diagonally sliced sugar snap peas
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sliced garlic
  • 2 oregano sprigs
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 3 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated and divided (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 cups multicolored cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup small fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves


1. Cook pasta according to package directions for 10 minutes, omitting salt and fat. Add peas; cook 2 minutes. Drain mixture over a bowl, reserving 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid; rinse with cold water. Drain.

2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Let stand 10 minutes; cut chicken into 1-inch pieces.

3. Combine oil, garlic, oregano sprigs, and thyme sprigs in a large skillet over medium heat; cook 4 minutes or just until garlic begins to brown. Add reserved 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and stock to pan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 3/4 cup (about 10 minutes); discard herb sprigs. Stir in 2 ounces cheese; stir until cheese melts. Stir in pasta mixture. Stir in chicken, remaining 1 ounce cheese, and tomatoes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, basil, oregano, and thyme leaves.


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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 428
  • Fat: 13.7g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 7.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.7g
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrate: 47g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 56mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 370mg
  • Calcium: 69mg

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Summer Vegetable Rigatoni with Chicken Recipe