Spaghetti with easy chicken sauce

By Carmen Niehaus
04 November 2015

Store cupboard ingredients and leftover chicken come in handy for busy cooks. Add a tossed salad and you have a nutritious family meal.

Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time: 20 min


  • 300 g spaghetti


  • 100 g sun-dried tomatoes in oil, roughly chopped
  • 15 ml (1 T) tomato paste
  • 1 packet (200 g) black olives, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 2 cooked chicken pieces, shredded


  • 50 g Parmesan cheese shavings (optional)
  • 1 packet (40 g) rocket leaves

1 PASTA Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions until just done. Drain, reserving 125 ml (½ c) of the pasta water.

2 SAUCE Bring the reserved pasta water, sun-dried tomatoes with their oil, tomato paste and olives to the boil and simmer until fragrant.

3 Add the chicken and heat through.

4 Add the sauce to the drained pasta and toss.

5 TO FINISH Top with Parmesan cheese shavings (if using). Serve with the rocket piled on top.

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