Chicken Caprese Pasta
I did it!
The other night I decided to try something new for dinner, just to break us out of our rut. I also made the brave decision to just whip something up on my own instead of relying on Pinterest, my new best friend, for a recipe. What did I have on hand? Thin sliced chicken breasts, two large ripe tomatoes, and fresh basil, all of which needed to get used before it became dangerous to eat. What to make . . . well, if I added in pantry staples like spaghetti (whole wheat, of course), parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar I could whip up a pretty tasty Chicken Caprese type pasta. Here’s what I did:
Cut chicken (about 1 lb.) into bite sized pieces and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper
Shred basil (I used a small handful. Sorry, I’m not a measurer. I just eyeball things. I’d guess it was about ½ a cup or so)
Heat 1 glug of olive oil (maybe a tablespoon) in a medium skillet over medium heat and add in chicken. Cook until evenly browned. Add in tomatoes and several sloshes of balsamic (maybe 1/4-1/2 cup). At this point I discovered that I still had a little heavy cream in the fridge from a recent recipe, so I stirred in a glug of that as well (1-2 tablespoons). Turn heat to low and cover.
While that was simmering and the flavors were blending I boiled my noodles.
About 5 minutes before serving I tossed in the basil and a small handful of parmesan cheese (about ¼ cup). When the noodles were ready I dumped them into the skillet and mixed it all together. After plating it I sprinkled each serving with a bit more parmesan. Yum! You definitely need to serve crusty bread with this to soak up the creamy, balsamic-y goodness.
Here’s what it looked like before plating – why I didn’t take the picture once it was plated and ready to serve I don’t know.
I did it! I created a healthy and yummy dinner that the whole family loved! (Okay, the 5-year-old didn’t love it, but she’s going through a phase where she doesn’t like anything. The 2-year-old couldn’t get enough of it, so I consider it a success). Try it yourself and let me know how it worked for you!
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