Thursday, September 16, 2010

Easy garlic and herb chicken pasta

At my house, we grow tomatoes amongst many other things. There were so many extra tomatoes that were not being used, so instead of making lasagna I decided to do a chicken pasta. Originally, I was going to do a basil chicken pasta but it was so dark outside I couldn't find the basil! I'm not going to lie, I get scared of the bugs I can't see so I decided that I didn't HAVE to use basil.

Home grown tomatoes

What you need:

2 chicken breasts, cubed
Angel hair pasta
About 4-5 large chopped tomatoes
Half a cup of tomato paste
5 garlic cloves, minced (I use a lot of garlic in everything)
Half of an onion, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
Creole seasoning (I make my own. Recipe here)
 Julienned green onion for garnish
Garlic powder & Cayenne pepper
Olive oil

Prepped
Very simple to make and doesn't take too long. Angel hair pasta cooks fairly quickly - about 4-5 minutes, so I made the sauce first.

Heat up a saucepan and coat with olive oil. Throw in the garlic, onion, and bell pepper and cook for a few minutes. Then add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, and seasonings. Turn the heat down a little bit and simmer, letting the veggies cook.


Not shy with my garlic
Smells good!
So it can get a little crazy because you have 3 things going at once: the chicken, sauce, and pasta. Cook the chicken in a hot oiled pan with S&P, garlic powder, and some cayenne pepper. You can do the pasta at the last 5 minutes because it cooks so fast. After it's done, I just threw the pasta in the sauce with some tongs and tossed it for a few minutes. The chicken was done by then as well so I threw on the chicken and finished it off with some green onion. Time to eat!




French bread with olive oil and balsamic dipping sauce
 I still have so many tomatoes leftover. I wanted to make chili but I wanted it on a cold, overcast kind of day. This bipolar weather is playing with my emotions. Maybe bruschetta?

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