As a bonus, broiling is pretty much as easy as (or easier than) grilling. You don’t have to worry about cleaning up a grill or messing about with charcoal. All you need is a broiling pan. Honestly, you don’t even need that–I don’t have one. A wire cooling rack in sheet pan works the same way.
So now you can focus on getting the rest of the food ready. Make pasta-check. Cut tomatoes-check. Crumbled goat cheese-check. Basil, garlic, pepper-check. Mix them all together, place that chicken on top and you have a meal finished in half an hour or less.
See, in nearly no time at all you can toss together a great meal. Pretty much literally. Just don’t make me jealous by actually grilling yours 🙂 . Click though to see the recipe after the link.
Broiled chicken with tomato and goat cheese pasta
1 lb fusilli
3 chicken breasts, pounded or flattened if necessary
5 small tomatoes, roughly chopped (I used vine-ripened, but Roma would work well)
2 cloves garlic, minced
small bunch of basil leaves (about 1 tbsp minced)
3 tbsps olive oil, plus more for marinating
8oz crumbled goat cheese
salt and pepper
1. If time permits, marinate the chicken in some olive oil and the juice of a half lemon for about an hour.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and prepare the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.
3. Meanwhile, place the chicken on a broiler pan and place about 6 inches away from your broiler. It should cook about 6-8 minutes a side. If they start to brown too much, move the chicken to a lower rack in the oven. (If you have a probe thermometer, it should read about 165F in the thickest part of the chicken breast.) When cooked, let sit for a minute, then slice into strips.
4. In a small skillet or pot, heat the 3 tablespoons of oil with the minced garlic and basil over medium heat for a 2-3 minutes.
5. When the pasta finishes cooking, drain, then return the pasta to the pot. Add the tomatoes, then drizzle the olive oil over it. Add a few good cracks of pepper to it and the juice of the other half of the lemon. Add about 2/3rds of the goat cheese and toss everything to combine. The goat cheese will melt into the oil to create a kind of sauce for the pasta.
6. Serve the pasta, then top with some sliced chicken. Sprinkle each serving with a bit of the remaining crumbled goat cheese.