Zucchini pasta with chicken

zucchini pasta1It was Italy time last week, so I am now basically trying to recover – while catching up on some work that always piles up, even when you’re unemployed, how about that! I am also trying to recover from a spectacular Atoms For Peace concert we caught in Rome. It is so refreshing to know that good music is still out there, and that people actually still like it and look for it. The concert was amazing, it was a part of the Rock in Roma festival, at Ippodromo Capannelle (that’s near the Ciampino airport, about 20 minutes – and 20 euros – by taxi from the center of the city). The Festival boasts a surprisingly incredible lineup for July. In all honesty, myself and Mr. S were just standing in front of the wall displaying it, our jaws dropped, very close to tears, holding hands, taking photos, feeling small and all that.

ImageThe venue is amazing, this huge space that holds something like a club dance floor, with music and lights (were there lights? I remember lights, but I’m not sure… I think there were lights!), bars, food, a tables-and-chairs area, a small second stage, A LOT of promotional stands and, coming out of this area, on your left, the stage area: a large open area, on the edge of the horserace track where the stage that hosted the concerts was set.

I don’t think I need to say how awesome the concert was. I am a sucker for Thom Yorke (does it sound weird?? Oh well, whatever), but even objectively it was truly uplifting and special. Thom Yorke was somehow happier and, well… lighter than I had ever seen him in the past (I have now seen him live a total of eight times). All in all, it was a gorgeous night.

Refreshing indeed.

As refreshing as the concert was, though, the weather did not follow suit. It is now really hot, both in Greece and in Italy and, even during today’s «cool break» (we had a couple of storms, some thunder, the cat got terrified and kept meowing to be saved all night long), the atmosphere is not getting any lighter. In this environment, I always turn to vegetables for some freshness. Combined with a piece of chicken breast left in our fridge, my brain sang «chicken zucchini pasta» to me. And, as you very well know, you should never ever ever ignore the voices in your head. So I just went along with their plan.

I had always wondered how this «zucchini pasta» thing turns out, so today seemed like the perfect day to try it. I was not disappointed. The «pasta» is cool, refreshing and very Mediterranean, a perfect addition to a very greek-italian 10-days.

You will need:

1 Chicken breast fillet (I used one, the double one, you know, both sides of the breast – well, about 300gr)

2 zucchinis

3 cloves of garlic

4 (lol, no, I’m kidding) – a pinch of basil

Salt, pepper

What you need to do:

First things first: Take your potato peeler (or one of those special adjustable peelers, whatever you have, I wish I had the fancy equipment, but I don’t. Even so, the potato peeler worked just fine!) and slice the zucchinis in a bowl. Season them lightly and let them stand.

Meanwhile, cut up the chicken and cook it to your liking. I usually cook my chicken on the grill skillet (that link is only to show you which one I mean, I am not really familiar with that specific product), and season it with salt, pepper and some curry. This is how Mr S likes it and this is how I almost always make it. I cut mine in 6-7 pieces in total, seasoned it and cooked it on high heat for about 12-14 minutes.

When the chicken is ready, remove it from the fire and put it in the bowl, along with the zucchini. That will help make the zucchini softer. Return the skillet on the fire, slice up the garlic and throw it in there. Let it fry for about a minute and when it is golden, take your bowl and throw everything back in the skillet. Toss it around a little bit, until the zucchinis release some of their juices and you have a nice brownish juice. That shouldn’t take more than 2-3 minutes.

Add the basil, toss it around a little more and you are done.

Nice, easy and fast, this lunch will – surprisingly – keep you satisfied for quite a while! I am an eater, and almost 3 and a half hours later, I am not even close to craving for anything!

Buon appetito!

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