friday feed: mediterranean chicken with pasta

imagejavascript:;This is one of my very favorite recipes. If you live in the Southeast, you may have heard of a restaurant called Taziki’s. It’s a Birmingham original that serves up pounds of its Friday Special each week. The lines were out the door at all of their locations during lunch. I just had to find a recipe similar to this when I moved to Tennessee, but now Taziki’s is in Nashville! Hooray!

This is a light, healthy and quick dinner with basil, tomato, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette a top fresh greens, penne pasta and grilled chicken.


Taziki’s Friday Pasta

(Serves 6-8)

3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon shallot, minced
½ cup balsamic vinegar
Juice from one lemon
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 ½ cups blended olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
6 cups mixed lettuces
1 ½ pounds penne pasta, cooked
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled and cubed
2 cups feta cheese crumbled
3 tomatoes seeded and diced
1 handful fresh basil chopped

To make vinaigrette: Mix thyme, shallots, balsamic vinegar, lemon, sugar, Dijon mustard. Slowly whisk in oil. Add salt and pepper.

Place about 1 cup mixed lettuces on each plate. Toss cooked pasta and chicken with vinaigrette; keep warm.

Spoon approximately 2-3 cups pasta and chicken onto lettuce; top with diced tomato, feta cheese and fresh basil, to taste.


So, here’s the deal: I cut the chicken portion in half, like the recipe writer suggests. It was plenty. I like to add a little mayonnaise to my balsamic vinaigrette to make it more creamy. The recipe does not call to season the chicken, but it needs it – even if it’s a bit of salt and pepper, or even better a Greek seasoning. Or, you can go get the real thing from a Taziki’s near you…it’s better. :)

I also served ours with Nann – a super yummy bread you can get at Harris Teeter. We grilled it for a couple of minutes with the chicken to make it warm. We dipped the Nann in fresh hummus from Cafe Rakka, a local restaurant in Hendersonville that we found from Diners Drive-ins & Dives. It’s worth the extra price. (photos below)

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Recipe from Saving Money Living Life