You'll find an interesting technique here that guarantees juicy chicken: The boneless meat is steamed to moist perfection in hot chicken broth--off the heat.
Dovetailing tips: Add in an extra chicken breast. Remove about 1 cup of the chicken when cooked. You will save this for Meal 5, using on the Pizza.
|1 cup||canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock|
|2 teaspoons||dried oregano|
|3||boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound in all), cut into 1/2-inch cubes|
|1/2 pound||ziti (tube pasta)|
|4 ounces||feta cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)|
|1 tablespoon||lemon juice|
|1/2 teaspoon||fresh-ground black pepper|
|3 tablespoons||chopped fresh parsley|
|1 1/2 cups||cherry tomatoes, halved|
In a large frying pan, simmer the chicken broth and the oregano until 1/2 cup of liquid remains in the pan, about 4 minutes. Stir in the chicken cubes, cover the pan, and remove it from the heat. Let the chicken steam in the hot broth until just done, about 8 minutes.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the ziti until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss it with the chicken mixture, the feta, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and parsley. Stir until the cheese is completely melted. Toss in the cherry tomatoes.