Linguine al Greco with Leftover Chicken, Peas & Greek Yogurt


I’ve been tossing pasta with yogurt in various forms since I was a kid. This Greek pasta recipe, for linguine (or any other ling extruded pasta) tossed with tangy Greek yogurt, extra virgin Greek olive oil, peas and feta is a perfect weeknight or brunch option and speaks tomes to the vibrant simple cooking that defines both the Greek and Mediterranean diets. Try it with fresh peas and add a little fresh tarragon, mint or basil to the mixture too, for something even more enticing!
RATING
SERVES
4

Ingredients

  • 1 cooked skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 1 cup shelled fresh or frozen peas
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin Greek olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced paper thin
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ cup grated parmesan or 2/3 cup finely crumbled Greek feta
  • 1 pound linguine spaghetti or fettucine
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breast in half and then into thin slices about 1 ½-2 inches square. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking make the sauce.
  3. Bring a small pot of salted water to a rolling boil and blanch the peas for 2 minutes. Remove and drain in a colander.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the butter over medium heat in a skillet and cook the shallot for a few minutes, stirring, to soften and color lightly. Stir in the garlic peas and chicken slices and cook together just to warm through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove and stir in the lemon zest.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolk, yogurt, and crumbled feta or grated parmesan. Slowly drizzle in a ladleful of the pasta cooking liquid, whisking. Drain the pasta, reserving one more cup of its cooking liquid.
  6. Toss the hot pasta with the yogurt mixture, adding the peas-and-chicken mixture, the remaining olive oil and enough of the reserved pasta cooking liquid to make a creamy sauce. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper and serve.

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