Nif's Chicken and Spaghetti With a Middle Eastern Twist

Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I played around with a recipe and came up with something very different from the original and it's yummy and easy! It's got some unique flavours but will pass with the kids because of the spaghetti! Make sure to taste your sauce in case you like more seasoning. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Pour oil into a small bowl and mix in cumin, allspice and cayenne pepper. Using your hands rub the seasoned oil all over your chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the chicken, breast-side down in a roasting pan and roast for about 1 1/2 hours, or until well browned and cooked through, turning it over toward the end to brown the breast. When the chicken's nearly ready, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  3. Take the chicken out of the oven and take the meat off the bone, leaving the skin on, except for the thick fatty stuff. Tear the chicken into medium-sized pieces. Make sure you tear the chicken apart over the roasting pan so you keep the juices in there for the sauce. You can use a knife and fork to tear it apart or wait until it is cooler and do it with your hands. Discard bones and put the chicken meat aside and keep warm.
  4. For the sauce, pour all the juices from the roasting pan into a saucepan. You will need about 1 cup, so add chicken broth if necessary. Add the drained sultanas and the pine nuts. Begin to simmer the sauce when you are ready to cook the pasta. Very important - taste the sauce and add more seasoning if you think it needs more.
  5. Cook and drain the pasta (Do NOT rinse your pasta), and toss it in the warm pot with the sauce until spaghetti is coated. Add chicken pieces and gently toss and put in large bowl. Sprinkle with almonds and parsley.
Most Helpful

interesting. i think the raisins would be fine plumped in the sauce vs. ahead of time. everybody enjoyed it! made for zingo zwt6. :)

Elmotoo July 02, 2010

Made for ZWT6 as a Zingo choice & combined w/Zingo Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes With Garlic Cream as the starter course + an encore of White German Drink as the finale, we celebrated the end of the Tour in fine fashion. This recipe was such a taste treat & so unique for me as I would never have thot to combine these ingredients & believe they would work so well together. For 2 of us, I halved the recipe & used lrg chicken breasts like another reviewer. This dish is richly-flavoured, textural & 1 of those recipes that will likely be as good (or better) the 2nd dy. We will know that tomorrow when we enjoy the leftovers as it made a lot, even halved. You did good w/this one, nif. Thx for sharing. :-)

twissis July 02, 2010

Yummy! I had 1/2 of a Cornish game hen left after another tag, lol, so used that here for making 1 serving. It worked out really well. I used linguine and followed the recipe other than that. Very nice light but filling dish. I agree with Susie and would add a little crushed red pepper for a little bite next time. Thanks Nif for yet another winner. Made by an Unruly Under the Influence for ZWT6 Zingo.

lazyme July 01, 2010