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Chicken Vegetable Feta Bake

Chicken Vegetable Feta Bake

CUISINE

American

PREP

15 minutes

COOK

40 minutes

SERVINGS

6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb shredded chicken
  • 8 ounces rotini pasta (or pasta of your choice)
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 8 ounce block feta or goat cheese
  • 2 cups of broccoli and/or brussel sprouts, chopped
  • 2 cups of spinach 
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar or glaze (optional)  
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp italian spicy seasoning (optional)
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 
  2. Place the feta in the middle of a large glass baking dish 
  3. Pour cherry tomatoes, vegetables and spinach around the feta in the baking dish
  4. Drizzle olive oil (and balsamic if using) evenly over the dish and then season with salt,  pepper and italian seasoning. 
  5. Stir the tomatoes and vegetables until coated with oils and seasonings and make sure the top of the feta is coated as well.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes, until the cherry tomatoes burst, vegetables are tender and the feta cheese melts.
  7. While the tomatoes, vegetables and feta are baking, cook the pasta in a pot of salted water according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid.
  8. Add cooking water and mix until sauce consistency to the hot tomato, vegetable and cheese dish.
  9. Add the shredded chicken, garlic and basil leaves to the tomato feta sauce and mix until everything is coated in the sauce.
  10. Transfer the cooked pasta to the baking dish and toss to combine. Garnish with more fresh basil, spinach and serve warm.
 

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Chicken Vegetable Feta Bake Recipe

I hate to admit that this chicken vegetable feta bake recipe was inspired by a viral social media trend but it’s too good not to share. Everyone is enjoying this feta bake trend because it is simple, delicious and visually pleasing. With the feta bake pasta tiktok trend, all the flavor boxes are checked and in addition, we added some bonus nutrition. Our version is nutrient dense and a fun way to sneak in some veggies! I added a few more vegetables plus a source of protein to round out this delicious dish without losing the simplicity or compromising on the final flavor. 

Pasta Myth Busting: 

Often I have clients tell me they “can’t eat pasta” or “pasta is bad for you”. I love myth busting these thoughts and helping people make peace with food. Pasta can absolutely be a part of a healthy diet! Giving yourself permission to eat it, is a great first step to approach the intuitive eating practices. 

Pasta is a good source of carbohydrate which provides our body with the energy it needs! Pasta also contains fiber often making it an ingredient that makes meals more satisfying. It’s affordable and versatile. It’s easy to make and a great option to meal prep ahead of time. If you’re looking to get a little extra nutrition you can always try a whole grain alternative or a bean/lentil variation!

Chicken Vegetable Feta Bake Nutrition Information:

Chicken: Chicken is a lean animal protein which provides an excellent source of amino acids (protein). Our bodies use amino acids to repair muscle tissue, which is important to maintain lean muscle mass and prevent deterioration as we exercise and age. 

Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits including heart disease and cancer prevention. Tomatoes also contain vitamin C, potassium and folate. 

Feta: Feta cheese originates from Greece and is made from goat and sheep milk. It’s tangy and creamy! It’s a lower “ish” calorie and fat cheese and is a good source of B vitamins, calcium and phosphorus. Don’t like feta? I have also used goat cheese and ricotta in this recipe!

Broccoli: Broccoli is high in many vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium, manganese, iron, vitamin C. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant good for immunity and skin health. A 1/2-cup serving of raw broccoli provides ~70% of the DV.

Olive Oil: Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fats and contains oleic acid and olecanthal known for anti-inflammatory properties and improving heart health.

 

Check out a few of my other pasta inspired recipes!

Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash 

Stroganoff Spaghetti Squash

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Zoodles or Noodles

 

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