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Rigatoni with Chicken, Tomatoes and Roquette

This light-tasting pasta dish is packed with the best late-harvest flavours of spring and fall. Peppery arugula adds an unusual flavour note to this dish, pairing beautifully with cherry tomatoes, basil, and Asiago cheese.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 25 min


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast(s)
½ lb rigatoni pasta
½ lb ditalini pasta
5 oz arugula (rocket)
1 tbsp olive oil
4 tsp olive oil
10 oz cherry tomatoes
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
½ cup basil, fresh, minced
¼ cup Asiago cheese, grated
4 sprigs basil, fresh

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions in unsalted water.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, cut the chicken breast into bite-size pieces. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a non-stick pan. Sauté chicken pieces until lightly browned and cooked through.

  3. Before draining pasta reserve ¼ cup (60 mL) of hot cooking liquid. Drain pasta. Add hot liquid and hot pasta to a large serving bowl. Toss in the fresh arugula and let sit a few minutes to wilt.

  4. Add chicken to bowl with the cooked pasta and arugula.

  5. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half or quarters if they are larger. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and cook for one minute until heated through but not falling apart. Add to the bowl with the pasta and chicken.

  6. Toss and season well with salt, pepper and minced fresh basil.

  7. To serve, divide among 4 serving plates. Top with the shredded Asiago cheese and a sprig of fresh basil.

Helpful Tip

This pretty coloured pasta dish relies on a salad green called roquette (rocket) or arugula. It is easily grown in the garden or a window box and has a fresh, peppery flavour.

Nutrition Info

Per 380 g serving Amount
Protein36 g
Fat13 g
Saturated Fat3 g
Carbohydrate45 g
Fibre4 g
Sugar3 g
Cholesterol70 mg
Sodium440 mg
Per 380 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A30
Vitamin C30
Vitamin B642
Vitamin B1222