Chicken Casserole: Orange Chicken and Pasta Casserole

posted by Angel 05-10-102 8:57 PM

Orange Chicken and Pasta Casserole
Makes 4 to 5 servings

This is a delicious simple casserole that is easy to prepare and tastes better the next day!

1/3 cups strained fresh orange juice
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp dry white wine
2 to 3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp orange zest; finely grated
1 tbsp gingerroot; peeled and grated
pinch cayenne pepper; or to taste
1 1/2 lb boneless chicken thighs, skinned
1/2 lb penne or penne rigate
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped
freshly ground black pepper

In a shallow dish, mix the orange juice, soy sauce, wine, oil, honey, zest, gingerroot, and cayenne. Add the chicken and turn the pieces to coat. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, turning the chicken once or twice while marinating.

Preheat the broiler or grill.

Remove the chicken from the marinade, reserving the marinade in a small saucepan. Broil or grill the chicken, brushing twice with the marinade, until the inside is no longer pink, about 4 minutes per side; check by cutting into a thick piece. Transfer to a cutting board.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta, uncovered, over high heat, stirring occasionally, until tender but firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Add the peas and heat until separated. Drain well, rinse with cold water, and transfer to a large bowl.

Cut the chicken into strips. Bring the reserved marinade to a simmer, pour over the pasta mixture, and mix well (see note). Add the chicken strips, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the pasta mixture to an oiled 10-cup casserole. Cover and bake 30 minutes, or until heated through.

Serve hot.

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