Sunday, February 6, 2011

my go-to easy chicken + pasta

thanks to kim from yellow songbird's tweet this week,
 i started thinking about my favorite go-to meal to prepare.
it's hard to describe & i'm not even sure where i came up with it.
i never had a recipe,
but was inspired by my time in italy six years ago.

i call it italian chicken + pasta

ingredients
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
non-stick cooking spray
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white wine
1-2 cloves garlic 
1 tbsp dried [or fresh] basil
1 tbsp italian seasoning
whole wheat pasta [for two]

directions
preheat oven to 425 degrees farenheit
spray glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
place chicken breasts in glass baking dish
sprinkle both sides with italian seasoning
bake for 20 minutes [uncovered]
while chicken is baking, cut tomatoes in half [length-wise]
and place in small saucepan.
add minced garlic, basil, wine to saucepan
[i added three sliced mushrooms this time, but don't usually.
i added them with less than 10 min to cook]
cover & heat over medium-low on stove top.
at same time, bring pot of water to boil for pasta
remove chicken from oven, flip over
and lower oven temp to 400, return chicken to oven
for  ~10 min [i always end up cutting it to check doneness]
when chicken returns to oven, i usually cook pasta
since it takes about the same amount of time,
but follow pasta package instructions.
once the pasta is done, i drain it
and add it to the pan with cooked tomatoes [they'll be mushy]

as you can see, i also made asparagus to go with the meal.
i cooked it by putting it in the oven for 20 min with the chicken.

and there you have it, my favorite go-to recipe.
...hadn't made it since we've been married [at least 9 months],
but it's still tasty!
there are some ways to vary it too
- use spice mrs. dash & italian sausage in place of chicken
- add broccoli, other veggies to the tomato mixture
- use red wine in place of white wine

as you can tell, i'm not super-exact
and love to play with flavors and make changes while cooking.
what's your go-to meal?

3 comments:

  1. Definitely gonna try this! I'm always looking for something different to do with chicken. And I looove asparagus!

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  2. ohhhh as soon as i get home from vacation, I'll try this out :) Thanks for the sweet recipe!

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  3. We will be having this for sure. I always love a new recipe!

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