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Chive and Chicken Orecchiette in a Rosemary Lemon Sauce

Chive and Chicken Orecchiette in a Rosemary Lemon Sauce

This delicious orecchiette combines the bright flavors of spring with the nourishing taste of the Mediterranean. The sauce is made from a chevre, rosemary, and lemon base, and the orecchiette pasta is tossed in it along with peas, chives, and delicious roast chicken.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword orecchiette
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 587 kcal


Roast Chicken

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs bone in skin on
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Cracked black pepper to taste

Roast Chicken and Chive Orecchiette with a Lemon and Rosemary Sauce

  • 12 ounces Barilla Collezione Orecchiette
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • Reserved pan juices from chicken
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 ounces fresh chevre
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup shelled peas fresh or frozen (thawed, if frozen)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Rub the chicken thighs with the 2 teaspoons of olive oil and season with the salt and pepper. Place on a lipped baking sheet, skin side up, and roast in the oven until the skin is golden, the juices run clear, and a thermometer inserted into the center of the thigh reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the chicken to cool until cool enough to handle.
  2. Save the juices that have collected on the bottom of the lipped baking sheet and set them aside for now. Discard the chicken skin, remove the meat from the bones, and chop the meat into roughly 1-inch cubes. Discard the chicken bones and set the meat aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then season generously with salt.
  4. While the water is coming to a boil, you can prepare the sauce. Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium low heat. Add the garlic and sauté until softened and very lightly golden around the edges, about 5 minutes, stirring every minute.
  5. The following steps should happen very quickly, so pay close attention and read ahead to be prepared. Add the orecchiette to the pot of boiling water and prepare al dente according to the package directions. When you eventually strain the pasta, make sure to reserve 3/4 cup of the water the pasta was cooked in.
  6. While the orecchiette is cooking, add the reserved chicken pan juices and the lemon juice to the pot of garlic and whisk to combine.
  7. Add the rosemary and lemon zest and crumble the chèvre over the sauce, stirring until the chèvre is melted. The sauce will look like it’s separated, but it will come together in a bit.
  8. Take 3/4 cup of water from the boiling pot of pasta using a heat-proof container like a glass measuring cup. Slowly add it to the pot of sauce in a thin steady drizzle, whisking constantly, until the sauce becomes creamy.
  9. Add the strained orecchiette, the chopped chicken, peas, chives, and black pepper to the pot of sauce and toss gently to combine and coat the pasta in the sauce. Remove from heat, salt to taste, if desired, and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Chive and Chicken Orecchiette in a Rosemary Lemon Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 587 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 162mg7%
Potassium 436mg12%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.