From the www.cookscountry.com website: We are always on the lookout for quick main-course pasta dishes that are easy to prepare. Ziti with chicken and broccoli is a classic pasta dish that, while pretty easy to make, typically requires a few pots or pans and several steps to prepare. And the flavor is rarely worth all the effort. Could we make ziti with chicken and broccoli in just one pan and make it taste really good? Here’s what we discovered:
Test Kitchen Discoveries
Use a large nonstick skillet that can accommodate all the ingredients.
Brown the chicken, but don’t cook it through completely. It will finish cooking as it simmers in the sauce with the pasta.
Add roasted red peppers for flavor and color contrast. Rinse the peppers well and blot them dry to remove all of the brine in which they were packed before adding them to the sauce.
Cut the broccoli into uniform 1-inch pieces to ensure that they cook evenly in the sauce.
Cook the pasta in a blend of chicken broth and milk for a rich, slightly creamy flavor that’s not too rich.
NOTE: Roasted red peppers are sold in jars of different sizes. One 12-ounce jar is enough for this recipe. Sun-dried tomatoes can be substituted for the roasted red peppers. This recipe also works well with penne.