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Mediterranean Feta Chicken Pasta

Mediterranean Feta Chicken Pasta

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Time: 50mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mediterranean Feta Chicken Pasta

The other day my wife and I picked up some Zoe’s on the way home from work. Generally, we order the chicken kabobs and maybe some hummus. But the lady taking my order asked if I wanted to try this baked feta app that consists of sliced cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives cover served with fresh basil and olive oil over a slab of Feta cheese. That is baked off until the cheese is slightly melted and served with pita chips. It’s really simple but tasty.

So I was trying to come up with a recipe for dinner and that app popped into my head so I thought I would try to incorporate a little pasta and some grilled chicken and make a meal out of it. Kind of like a Greek version of a chicken divan, chicken spaghetti, or a favorite in Texas the King Ranch Casserole. It’s got to be healthier than the later but maybe not by much.

This turned out really tasty. You get the punches of salty tang from the feta and kalamata olives balanced by the sweetness of the fresh tomatoes and red onions atop a hearty chicken pasta dish.

Ingredients:
Penne Pasta
2 chicken breasts (free range, air chilled)
Container of cherry tomatoes
Handful of spinach
Handful of mushrooms
4 tbs of diced red onion
4 cloves of garlic diced
1 tbs of fresh diced basil
Dashes of dried oregano and red pepper flakes
1 tbs of butter
1 tbs of flour
1/4 cup of chicken stock/broth
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1/4 cup of olive oil
Paprika for the chicken
Block of Fresh Feta Cheese
Kosher Salt
Pepper

Directions:
Prep: dice your garlic, red onion, mushrooms. Slice about half of the cherry tomatoes. Assemble three bowls based upon cook times.. 1. Red onion, whole cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms. 2. Garlic and spinach 3. Sliced tomatoes, olives, basil, vinegar, olive oil, red pepper flakes.
1. Preheat oven to broil but use the bottom rack.
2. Get a pot of boiling water going and follow the directions of your favorite pasta. Pull it out right before they say to do so. Set aside a cup of pasta water in case you need to add moisture later on.
3. On to the chicken… Heat up a cast iron skillet with some olive oil in it. I used medium to medium-low heat. I salted, peppered and paprika my chicken breasts and cooked them so that they were done with a nice color.
4. Remove your chicken to rest.
5. In that skillet add butter and your bowl of mushrooms, whole tomatoes, and red onion. Sweat them out.
6. Now add flour to the pot to build a rue that will help us thicken the sauce. When it’s golden brown add your second bowl of garlic and spinach for 30 seconds and then quickly add the chicken stock and stir until thickened. About three minutes.
7. While your mixture thickens cut up your chicken breasts into bite sized pieces.
8. Now add your pasta and chicken to the skillet and turn off the heat. Crumble and stir in half the feta cheese and slowly stir to get everything well coated with melted cheese and sauce. If it looks dry, add some pasta water and stir until it has the consistency of mac n cheese.
9 Pour that mixture into an oven ready dish. Top with the third bowl of halved cherry tomatoes, olives, basil with the vinegar and spices. Lastly, top with the remaining block of Feta and crumble it over the top. Put it into the oven uncovered for about 4 to 5 minutes so that the feta takes on some brown color. It won’t melt like other cheese but it is soft despite looking like it did when it went into the oven.

Serve with pita bread or anything else that you come up with.

Asparagus Spinach Feta Quiche

Asparagus Spinach Feta Quiche

  • Servings: 6-10
  • Time: 1hr
  • Difficulty: easy
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Asparagus Spinach Feta Quiche
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For Easter morning I wanted to make a quiche. I figured it would be a two meal day and the quiche would satisfy us for several hours. Also because I am making a ham I have several ham dishes lined up so I wanted to go more veggie with this quiche.

You can really use any veggies or fruits you like but just try to control the moisture content. Asparagus and Spinach were my choice. I also like using Feta or Goat cheese in my quiche. Feta holds up nicely where goat cheese will most likely melt more.

What happens is that the egg will sink to the bottom the veggies will be the middle layer and the Feta will rise to the top. So each bite will change unless you get all three layers. Some will be more salty, others more pie crusty, eggy, vegtabley. (not words, I know)

This recipe was adapted by Two Peas & Their Pod.
Ingredients:
Pie crust (used store bought 9″)
5 Eggs
1/2 cup of diced Asparagus
1/2-3/4 cup of spinach
5 green onions (diced)
3/4 cup of Feta cheese
1/4 cup of Mozzarella
1 cup of milk

Directions:
1. If you are using a store bought pie crust follow the instructions. You know prick with a fork and bake it for 12 minutes until golden brown. Set aside.
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2. In a skillet first cook your spinach alone. Let it wilt completely. Remove and put into a towel or paper towels. Squeeze out all the moisture you can. Now to that skillet add the white and light green parts of the green onion with asparagus and the cooked spinach. Dice that spinach before putting it back into the skillet.
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3. Whisk your eggs in a large bowl with the milk. Salt and Pepper (be careful because the feta is salty) Combine in the cheeses. IMG_9801

4. To assemble you take the baked pie crust and add the veggies along with the green onion parts now. Pour the egg, milk and cheese mixture atop the veggies. Place into a 375 degree oven uncovered. If you prefer non browned you can use foil the first 20 minutes and then remove. You want some of the moisture to dissipate.
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It will be puffy looking when you remove it from the oven. Let it rest for 10 minutes and it should settle.
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Chicken Pita with Jalapeno Feta and Tzatziki Sauce

Chicken Pita with Jalapeno Feta and Tzatziki Sauce

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Time: 55mins + 24hr marinade
  • Difficulty: easy
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Chicken Pita with Jalapeno Feta and Tzatziki
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Jill bought me a new cookbook this weekend, Jessica Merchant ‘s Seriously Delish. Looks really good and she has a good point of view. She started out as a blogger and makes interesting but approachable food. www.howsweeteats.com . I am going to give a few a try this week. IMG_8927

Verdict in… great meal. It’s an cacophony of flavors. The chicken… mine turned out perfectly and by roasting the breasts in the marinade it concentrated the lemon into a really sweet and tangy flavor. I sliced the breast and put it back in the pan while I built my pita.

The jalapeno feta is great salty and spicy. Could make a great start to a dip by adding some extra cream cheese and jalapenos. The Tzatiki sauce tied it all together. The creamy cool cucumber and dill gave the chicken and jalapeno feta the hug they deserved. Opa!

Ingredients:
Chicken Marinade
2 chicken breasts
2 lemons juiced
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 tbs of fresh minced Dill
¼ olive oil
1 tbs of Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbs of Honey
Kosher Salt and Pepper
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Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup of Greek yogurt
1 cucumber diced
1 garlic clove minced
1 tbs of Dill
1 tbs of olive oil
1 tbs of honey
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Jalapeno Feta
2 jalapenos
8 oz of Feta Cheese
2 tbs of Cream Cheese
1 head of roasted garlic
½ lemon juiced
Kosher salt and Pepper to taste
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Directions:
1. Marinate chicken overnight

2. Make the Tzatziki by combing the ingredients and stirring until well combined.

3. Roast a head of garlic by cutting off the top, top of olive oil and salt. Wrap in foil. Also put your jalapenos on foil and place in the oven at 350 for about 45mins. Put your jalapenos in bowl and cover with plastic to let them steam so that the waxy skin can be easily removed. Remove the seeds.

4. I like to roast my chicken so did it along with my garlic. 350 for about 45mins. Glass baking dish and I use all the marinade too.IMG_8931

5. Remove and cool. Make your Jalapeno Feta by combining in food processor until smooth.

6. Warm your pitas and cut the top off so you can stuff it with the cut chicken and sauces. You can add lettuce, red onion, olives, or cucumbers.
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