Pasta is the perfect quick and easy midweek meal. This chicken and peas pasta dish uses leftover roast chicken and gets a hit of flavour from capers.
This pasta dish utilises leftover chicken and pantry staples to make a quick and easy midweek meal.
And while it doesn’t look that exciting, it has a surprise ingredient that packs a lot of flavour.
Ingredient Notes for Chicken and Pea Pasta
This dish is made mostly from pantry staples however it does have one unusual ingredient and that is capers.
While not everyone would count capers and a pantry staple (although Jamie Oliver does), I keep a small jar in the fridge because a tiny amount adds a lot of flavour impact.
You only need a teaspoon, so a jar lasts a long time. If you’re wondering how else to use capers, here are some ideas.
For the tomato paste, keep a jar in the fridge upside down and you’ll always have tomato paste on hand without it going mouldy. When you turn it upside down, it creates a seal, stopping air getting into the jar. Just be sure that the lid is on tight so it doesn’t leak in the fridge!
I keep a few 100 ml cartons of long-life cream in the pantry for cooking. These are super handy to have on hand as they don’t go off like regular cream does.
They are not always easy to find, however, (Coles stock them periodically), so an alternative is carnation long-life cream or evaporated milk. Sauces made from evaporated milk may need to be thickened with a cornflour slurry.
But of course, you can always use regular cream or substitute with a dollop of sour cream.
You can leave the mushrooms out if you don’t have any at hand.
Making the Most From a Roast Chicken
A time-saving and money-saving tip is to roast a chicken on the weekend so that you have leftovers for the week.
After eating a roast, strip the rest of the chicken meat and put it in the fridge for a midweek meal or lunches.
Then put the bones in the slow cooker to make chicken stock. Strain the stock the next morning and freeze it in portions for later.
- 1 cup leftover roast chicken
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1 small clove of garlic, minced
- 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1 tsp. capers, rinsed and roughly chopped
- a small handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
- 500g pasta
- Soak peas for a few minutes in boiling water to defrost.
- Cook pasta according to packet directions.
- Sauté onion and garlic in oil or butter in a frypan over medium heat until soft and golden.
- Add mushrooms and cook until tender. Add chicken and heat through.
- Return chicken to the pan and stir in the tomato paste.
- Add the cream and the peas and simmer over low heat for 2-3 minutes until the peas are cooked through.
- Add capers, heat for a minute or two, stir in the parsley and toss through pasta.
- Serve topped with parmesan cheese or parsley if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 466Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 24g
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Melissa Goodwin has been writing about frugal living for 10+ year but has been saving her pennies since she first got pocket money. Prior to writing about frugal living, Melissa worked as an accountant. As well as a diploma of accounting, Melissa has an honours degree in humanities including writing and research and she studied to be a teacher and loves sharing the things that she has learned and helping others to achieve their goals. She has been preparing all her life to write about frugal living skills.