This recipe is going to take the key components of the original feta and cherry tomatoes version and turn it into a satisfying easy meal. We'll add broccoli and chicken and toss it all with cooked pasta at the end!
1 1/2poundsboneless skinless chicken breastscut into 1" - 1~1/2" cubes
18 ounceblock of feta cheesepreferably packed in water or brine
1/2cupextra virgin olive oil
1pounddried pasta of choiceI used cavatappi
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse cherry tomatoes and place in 9"x13" baking dish. Cut broccoli into florets (bite-sized pieces), discarding tough stems. Add to baking dish. Cut chicken into 1"-1~1/2" cubes. Add to baking dish and mix with tomatoes and broccoli. Add block of feta cheese to center. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & black pepper. Bake for 35 minutes.
While the feta mixture bakes, prepare pasta according to package instructions. Chop garlic and fresh basil (see Recipe Note below).
When the feta mixture comes out of the oven, sprinkle with minced garlic and chopped basil. There will be liquid in the baking dish which will mix with the feta to create a delicious sauce. Stir well and serve.
Recipe adapted from Liemessa.Recipe Note: while fresh garlic and basil will elevate the flavors in this dish, you can substitute jarred minced garlic and dried basil.
1 clove of fresh garlic minced = 1/2 teaspoon of jarred minced garlic