Orecchietti with Chicken, Broccoli, Mushrooms and Onions for #SundaySupper

Orecchietti with Chicken, Broccoli, Mushrooms and Onion Recipe

#SundaySupper is turning 2 years old so we’re having a party to celebrate, and you’re invited!!! Plus with all this great party food that everyone is sharing, you won’t want to miss one single bite!

While I’ve only been a member of #SundaySupper for less than a year, it’s been a completely wonderful experience for me. I’ve met so many wonderful and friendly *kindred spirits* who share in my passion for all-things-food and who have taught me so, so much about the world of blogging. Some of those people are: Our fabulous hard working founder, Isabel of Family Foodie, Renee of Magnolia Days, Heather of Girlichef and Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake. I could go on and on with other names and sites who have inspired, encouraged and taught me valuable information along the way, but I’ll leave that up to you by clicking on their links below, meeting them, and being inspired by them for yourself.

So then, getting back to the party…I think they’re waiting for us 🙂

For this special birthday celebration I decided I wanted to make something colorful, festive and healthy so I chose Orecchiette with Chicken, Broccoli, Mushrooms and Onions.

Orecchietti with Chicken, Broccoli, Mushrooms and Onion Recipe

Serves: 8-10      Prep Time: 15 minutes       Cook Time: 15 minutes

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 4 large)
5-6 cups water
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoons salt
1 pound orecchietti pasta
4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups broccoli florets, blanched
1 medium red onion, medium chopped
8 ounces mini bella mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese for topping

-In a large pot, add the water, vinegar, 1 tablespoon salt and chicken. Bring to a boil. Poach the chicken in the boiling water until cooked through and no longer pink (about 15 minutes). Remove the chicken and set aside to cool.
-Cook the orecchietti according to package directions. Drain and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Stir and cover to keep warm.
-Shred the cooled chicken and add it with the the drained orecchietti along with 1 more tablespoon of oil, the red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper.
-In a large saute pan over medium heat, add the remaining oil, the blanched broccoli, onion, garlic, mushrooms and tomatoes. Cook for about 5 minutes until heated through, but not mushy.
-Add the veggies in with the pasta and chicken and stir in the lemon juice.
-Place the pasta, chicken and veggies into a serving bowl and top with the Parmesan cheese.

This dish can be served warm, at room temperature, or it can also be served cold! Talk about a versatile party guest!

Now here are all those other fabulous bloggers I was telling you about. Check out what they’re bringing to this shindig as we all wish #SundaySupper a VERY HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY!

Brilliant Breads and Breakfast Fare:

Amazing Appetizers and Cocktails:
Spectacular Soups and Salads:
Enticing Entrees:
Decadent Desserts:
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.
Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy! You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.
Until we eat again,


  1. The Ninja Baker

    Perfect party fare, Reneé – cheery, bright and undoubtedly delicious! Thank you for the intro to orecchietti. I'll have to take a closer look in the pasta aisle when I'm in the supermarket =)

  2. I havn't had orecchietti in 10 years. In fact, I just remembered that my boss used to make great ones but I haven't tried to make my own yet. Thanks for sharing your recipe I feel inspired!

  3. Orecchietti pasta is one of my favorites. They are just so cute! I so much appreciate a healthier pasta dish. Pasta dishes can be so heavy, but yours is just perfection on a plate. I'm loving all the elements of your recipe.

  4. I love "little ears!"

    I have loved being a part of Sunday Supper, and cooking along with everyone each
    Cheers to another great year!

  5. The contents of this meal sound absolutely wonderful! The flavors are spectacular too, I am sure!

  6. Renee, it's been wonderful to reconnect with you through Sunday Supper! What a yummy pasta recipe…this is one my family is sure to enjoy!!!
    PS…thanks for the kind words.xo

  7. Renee Dobbs

    What a fabulous pasta dish. How did you know orecchiette is one of my faves? I have some in my pantry I need to use too.
    I'm so glad you joined in Sunday Supper and it has been a great joy to have you in our events and getting to know you through the group.

  8. Orecchiette is one of my favorite pastas! love this!!

  9. That is a pasta that I don't use very often and it is such a cute shape. I love a pasta like your, nice and light and healthy, thank for sharing!!

  10. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    I love how the broccoli and tomatoes pop in this dish. Beautiful!

  11. mommasangelbaby

    Yum, yum for the tum tum! And it looks like it's good for you too! I've never tried Orecchietti pasta, I'm gonna look for it at the grocery store next time! HUGS

  12. Love Orecchietti and I love the broccoli and mushrooms added here!Cannot wait to try and I'm sure my family would love it 🙂 Its been a pleasure cooking Sunday Suppers with you Renee!

  13. Colorful and festive! Perfect for a celebration!

  14. This sounds perfect for my Italian family!

  15. Shaina Wizov

    This is such a pretty colorful dish!!! And I love those little ear pastas – so cute! 🙂

  16. Karen Hartzell

    Your veggies look fantastic! So bright and vibrant! I need to try this dish. 🙂

  17. Laura Hunter

    Such a great recipe, looks like this is going to be a perfect weekday meal.

  18. I love pasta dishes like this! Comforting but still full of veggies and flavor!

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