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This recipe was printed in Boston Globe's 'Ask the Chef' column this week. The recipe originates from Rino's Place in East Boston. It's pretty tasty (even my 9 year old devoured it) and gave me an excuse to try a new veggie -- broccoli rabe. I'm posting the recipe the way I made it tonight, but if you want to try the Rino's Place, full calorie version, use 5/8 C of oil instead of 1/3 C and add 4 tablespoons of butter at the same time as the wine. I made this with whole wheat fusilli -- its a bit heavier and a little nuttier tasting than regular fusilli, and offers your family a serving of whole grains. I think this dish would go well as a dish to pass or as a dish to serve for company.
- 16 ounces fusilli (or gemelli)
- 2 bunches broccoli rabe, de-stemmed
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup white wine
- 1⁄2 cup chicken broth
- 1⁄4 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated
- salt and pepper
- Cook pasta according to package directions in a large pot of boiling, salted water.
- Remove the pasta from the water with a strainer, saving the water in the pot. Set pasta aside.
- Return water to the heat and bring to a boil.
- Blanch broccoli rabe for two minutes, then strain and set aside.
- Dredge chicken in flour, shake off excess.
- Heat oil over medium high heat in a large saute pan and cook chicken for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
- Add garlic, broccoli rabe, salt and pepper to chicken, toss to combine.
- Add wine and broth, stir to combine and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add cooked pasta, stir to combine and remove from heat.
- Serve topped with grated cheese.