Holiday entertaining season is in full swing and for someone like me who will take any excuse to throw a party, holiday entertaining isn’t limited to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There are plenty of occasions to throw cocktail parties, small dinner gatherings or festive brunches. Part of entertaining around the holidays means accommodating the various dietary restrictions that friends and loved ones might bring to the table.
Cooking for a crowd with various dietary preferences is never without its challenges, but an increasing number of brands are offering new products to make everyone’s lives easier, and more importantly, tastier. Barilla Gluten Free Pasta is the easiest solution to that “what-do-I-make-for-guests?” conundrum because it creates a meal that your whole crowd can enjoy, gluten free or not. I love pasta in pretty much all forms and could barely tell the difference between gluten free pasta and the pasta I already know and love.
Made with corn, rice and other non-GMO ingredients, Barilla Gluten Free Pasta is certified gluten free, produced on dedicated gluten free product lines. When you do have guests like my cousin, who have celiac disease, they don’t need to worry about accidentally ingesting something that will make them sick. In my opinion, this is paramount, because if there is one thing I know with certainty, I don’t want to give anyone the bragging rights to getting sick after eating something I’ve cooked, for any reason.
Most gluten free products, including Barilla Gluten Free Pasta, are easy to find. When I’m entertaining, I like to shop in bulk and BJ’s Wholesale Club stocks a few varieties of Barilla Gluten Free Pasta, plus all the accouterment you need to create a delicious meal.
Gluten free pasta also happens to be a great accompaniment to chicken piccata, which is easily one of my favorite dishes to cook for friends, family or guests. It’s super simple — about 15 minutes from start to finish and the ingredients, for the most part, should already be in your pantry: olive oil, lemons/lemon juice, chicken broth. I like to keep capers on hand for garnishes or to incorporate into different Mediterranean dishes and salads, but if you don’t already have them, it’s an inexpensive buy. The trick is to get super thin chicken breasts so they’ll cook quickly and stay nice and juicy.
- 1 12-ounce box Barilla Gluten Free Penne Pasta
- 1 pound chicken tenderloins, diced into 1-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
- ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup capers, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup of fresh parsley, plus additional for garnish
- Prepare Barilla Gluten Free Penne Pasta according to the directions on the box.
- Meanwhile, season chicken with salt and pepper and set aside. In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
- When butter and oil start to sizzle, add chicken cook for 3 minutes on each side, until chicken is browned and registers 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer.
- Remove chicken from pan and transfer it to a clean plate. Melt 2 more tablespoons butter in the pan and add the lemon juice, chicken broth and capers. Return to stove and bring the mixture to boil, scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan for extra flavor.
- Once sauce has begun to reduce/thicken, return the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Add parsley, along with salt and pepper to taste, and once you're satisfied with the seasoning, remove chicken to platter. Serve over Barilla Gluten Free pasta and garnish with additional parsley, if desired.
I love to pair chicken dishes like chicken parmesan or chicken piccata with pasta. What are your favorite pasta pairings? Learn more on Barilla’s Gluten Free Recipes Pinterest page or Barilla’s Gluten Free Pasta website. You can also visit BJ’s Wholesale Clubs on December 22nd and 23rd to see an in-store Barilla Gluten Free pasta demo at select clubs.