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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Chicken – Twenty Five Minutes

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is the most popular Italian Pasta dish and the simplest to make . It has it’s roots in Naples but has spread all over Italy and now the world.

The dish is made by lightly sautéing sliced, minced or pressed garlic in olive oil. And some dried red pepper flakes, if you want it a little spicy. Then tossing the garlic and oil with spaghetti or linguini.

Chopped parsley can also be added along with grated parmesan or pecorino cheese.

Growing up in North Jersey I always heard it pronounced “alia-ool”. But, when I spent a little time in Naples I got corrected by the locals for mispronouncing their Aglio e Olio.

We have it in our house as a side dish and sometimes as a main dish with shrimp. Or, with chicken like we did tonight.

Here’s the how to

 

Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta. Add the pasta right away. As the water heats up and the pasta softens using a pair of tongs get it all down into the water and stir it a few times with the tongs as it cooks to keep it from sticking together.

Put a skillet on at medium high. Add enough good extra virgin olive oil to coat bottom about 1/8″ deep. Cut the chicken into chunks or slices and add it to the skillet. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Also red pepper flakes if you want it a little spicy. Cook it until it is browned and firm.

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While the chicken and the pasta are cooking slice or chop the garlic cloves and the parsley if you are using fresh parsley. But if you prefer, using dried parsley flakes works just fine.

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When the chicken is done push it out to the sides of the skillet and put the garlic in the center. You’re going to want enough olive oil to thoroughly coat the pasta when you put it in the skillet. So, if the bottom of the skillet is dry from cooking the chicken add some more extra virgin olive oil right on to the garlic.

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You don’t want the garlic to turn brown. So, let’s have it just light golden and translucent – 2-3 minutes.

If the pasta is done before the garlic just drain all but about a half cup of the water.  Put it on the back of the stove. Drizzle a little olive oil and stir it getting the pasta covered with the oil so that it doesn’t stick together.

As soon as the garlic is ready add the pasta to the skillet. Also, a little bit of the water that you left in the pot. Put in the grated parmesan and the parsley holding a little of the parmesan back for garnish.  Gently stir it all together.

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You Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Chicken is ready. Bon Appetito!!!

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A little salad or some sautéed spinach as tonights veggie and some of Poppop’s easy homemade bread are real easy multi tasks and would go along great. 

And some good Chianti of course!

 

 

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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Chicken

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Sautéed chicken and garlic mixed with spaghetti or linguini.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a 1 lb. box Spaghetti or linguini or fettuccini
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 chicken tenders or 1 chicken breast
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 6 cloves garlic sliced or chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta. Add the pasta right away and as the water heats up and the pasta softens using a pair of tongs get it all down into the water and stir it a few times with the tongs as it cooks to keep it from sticking together.
  • Put a skillet on at medium high and add enough good extra virgin olive oil to coat bottom about 1/8" deep. Cut the chicken into chunks or slices and add it to the skillet. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Also red pepper flakes if you want it a little spicy. Stir it a few times and cook it until it is browned and firm.
  • While the chicken and the pasta are cooking slice or chop the garlic cloves and the parsley if you are using fresh parsley. But if you prefer, using dried parsley flakes works just fine. When the chicken is done push it out to the sides of the skillet and put the garlic in the center. You're going to want enough olive oil to thoroughly coat the pasta when you put in in so if the bottom of the skillet is dry from cooking the chicken then add some more extra virgin olive oil right on to the garlic.
  • You don't want the garlic to turn brown let's have it just light golden and translucent - 2-3 minutes. If the pasta is done before the garlic just drain all but about a half cup of the water and put it on the back of the stove. Drizzle a little olive oil and stir it getting the pasta covered with the oil so that it doesn't stick together. As soon as the garlic is ready add the pasta - with the little bit of water that you left in the pot - to the skillet. Put in the grated parmesan and the parsley holding a little back for garnish. Gently stir it all together.
  • You Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Chicken is ready. Bon Appetito!!!
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