Backpacking Recipes: Chicken and Sun-dried Tomato Pasta

Hostel Kitchen

Cooking in the hostel kitchen is fun and saves money. Here’s how to make delicious chicken and sun-dried tomato pasta…

Chicken PastaChicken and sun-dried tomato pasta

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min

Serves 3-4
Pasta is a clear essential when you’re travelling the world on a budget –
filling, easy and cheap. Here’s a simple and tasty way to dress it healthily.

• 275g wholegrain spaghetti (or other long pasta)
• 2 small chicken breasts (about 300g total)
• 85g sundried tomatoes (not in oil, but nice and plump and bright red)
• 20-25 kalamata olives, chopped
• 2-3 tbsp fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
• 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• ½ tsp each salt and pepper
• 2-3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
• ½ cup pasta cooking liquid

1 Cook the pasta following instructions. Keep at least ½ cup of cooking
liquid once pasta is cooked.
2 Meanwhile, cut chicken into bite-size cubes and cook in skillet over
medium-high heat until golden brown on all sides.
3 Chop sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives and add to cooked chicken.
Stir and cook until fragrant, about 1 min.
4 Add drained pasta, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper, fresh
parsley and ¼ cup of the pasta cooking liquid. Toss delicately to combine.
Add more cooking liquid if necessary.
5 Serve immediately and garnish

By @HealthyyyFoodie (

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