Basil Chicken Pasta

Hello hungry peoples,

Today’s recipe comes from one of my dear friends Dr Nat. No she is not a medical doctor but she worked bloody hard for her PHD so I feel like I should use the moniker at every opportunity. Nat and I bonded at university on a particularly horrible geology field mapping course. Nothing like going through hell to bring people together. I ended up so sleep deprived at the end that I was hallucinating. Natalie could barely walk because her ankle had tripled in size. It was worth it though because we found each other and she is a super awesome person. This is  recipe that she shared with me years ago. It has been on a pretty regular rotation in my house ever since. It is easy to bring together and really delicious. Enjoy!

Basil Chicken Pasta

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 serves
Calories per serving: 730


  • 250 g rigatoni or shell pasta
  • 100 g fetta
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup semi-sundried tomato
  • chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp dried basil or a handfull of fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Cooking Directions

  1. Put your pasta in a pot of salted water on a medium heat.
  2. Deseed the olives.
  3. Dice your fetta and semi-sundried tomatoes.
  4. Chop up your chicken thighs into chunks.
  5. Fry the chicken with a couple tbsp of olive oil, turning often until golden. This will take about 10 minutes.
  6. Add your tomatoes and olives and heat them up. If you are using dried basil also add it to the pan.
  7. Drain your pasta once it is softened and cooked.
  8. Add to the fry pan with the fetta.
  9. Toss to mix and get the fetta melty.
  10. Sprinkle some fresh basil on top and dig in.
Chicken, fetta, basil pasta
Basil chicken pasta

Difficulty: Easy peasy

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Justin Higgins says:

    Now some of you are going to feel like you don’t need to de-seed the olives. Each to their own I guess, but you are wrong and need to rethink what you’re doing with your life.

  2. Jade says:

    Only high-falutin olives have seeds – definitely not that come out of jars. This is a dish i stole off Karen. Anytime that chicken requires frying (maybe not Asian though), I sous-vide the chicken instead with lemon and pepper .

  3. Amy says:

    Yum! What a great staple!

  4. Elissa says:

    Looks like a simple but delicious dish!

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