Quick Zesty Ziti for Dinner

Who said weekday dinners had to be boring? The way to keep them fresh and fun just requires a little preparation. Stock your kitchen with staples like whole-wheat pasta, organic fish, poultry, meats, and organic fruits and vegetables (go frozen if you can't buy fresh). Then, cook on the weekends when you have time, so you don't have to worry about your meals during the week. This flavorful pasta dish calls for cooked chicken you can make beforehand, so you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. Dijon mustard, onion, and parsley add a mouth-watering kick to easy-to-prep ziti so you and your family can look forward to a delicious meal in no time!

Speedy Ziti With Zesty Chicken


  • 1 pound whole-wheat ziti, or other medium shape, uncooked pasta
  • 12 ounces cooked chicken, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 package frozen peas (10 oz.), defrosted and drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and black pepper, to taste


Prepare pasta according to package directions.

While pasta is cooking, warm the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the dijon mustard and flour. Very gradually whisk in the chicken broth. Bring the broth to a boil and stir in the lemon juice, peas, and parsley.

When pasta is done, drain it well. Toss pasta and cooked chicken with sauce, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

Nutrition Facts
Number of Servings: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 363
Total Fat: 4.3 g
Cholesterol: 50.4 mg
Sodium: 570 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 49.5 g
Protein: 31.2 g

Recipe Source: National Pasta Association

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