Chicken And Pasta

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My husband is not a big fan of pasta.  I love it and could eat it everyday, so I usually try and make it when he is at work. Though there are times when I can’t wait then he just has to eat it.  Now I always make more then I need and he now has lunches for a few days.  How lucky can you get?  I mean really how can anyone not love pasta?  This recipe came to be because I wanted pasta, surprise, surprise but I also wanted to use up some of my items in the fridge. You know what I mean.  You have an opened jar of something and half of a container of something else that really needs to be used up. This is what came to be out of that little adventure.

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Chop chop a pepper or two of your choice, an onion, 3 garlic cloves, more if you like and the tomatoes from a 28 oz. can of plum tomatoes. Canned tomatoes I always have in the house.  I stock up when they are on sale.

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Heat a fry pan with a couple glugs of olive oil around the pan and place your chicken pieces in the pan to brown on both sides.

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When they have browned remove them and set aside.

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Next add your onions to the same pan and fry a little.

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Then add you chopped garlic.  Yes I did add mine.  It’s in the middle of the pan.  Stir and add your

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Chopped peppers

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Chopped tomatoes

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And the juice from the can giving it a good stir. Also at this point add 1 cup of chicken broth.  I forgot to take a picture, sorry!

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Chop some fresh basil

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Add to the pan and stir it in.

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Put your chicken pieces back into this yummy sauce.

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Cover with foil and place into a preheated oven for 40 minutes.

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Remove from the oven after the 40 minutes and add your olives and my secret ingredient.  I love this stuff added to all kinds of recipes.  That’s why I always have 1/2 containers sitting around.

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The sour cream. Doesn’t it look gorgeous? It’s only 1 cup. Zero fat to full fat, which ever you like. Give it a good stir so it is well blended.

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Cover again and put back in the oven for another 20 – 30 minutes.

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While your chicken is finishing its sour cream bath boil some water and add spaghetti or linguine.  Cook it according to the directions given.  Drain. Reserving 3/4 cup of pasta water.

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Remove chicken from pan top your sauce with the pasta, at this point you can add some olive oil  3 – 4 tablespoons or even 3 tablespoons of butter.

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And about 3/4 cup of pasta water to marry everything together and give it a real good stir.

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Place your chicken back on top and your ready to go.  I like to use my pans to serve from.  Along with my mason jars for drinks and bandanas for napkins.  Looks really neat on the table.  Again sorry no picture. Take my word for it.  Looks great.

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

Olive Oil for the pan

5 pieces Chicken

3 Garlic Cloves, Chopped

1 Onion, Chopped

2 Peppers Of Your Choice,Chopped

1 Can Of Plum TomToes, Chopped With Juice

1 cup Chicken Broth

450 grams Of Pasta, Linguine Or Spaghetti

3/4 cup Pasta Water

1/4 – 1/2 cup Olives Of Your Choice

1 cup Sour Cream

Salt And Pepper To Taste

Crushed Chillies (Opt.)

Parmesan Cheese ( Opt.)

PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a skillet add some olive oil and heat till it’s hot.  Pat dry your chicken pieces and brown on both sides in your pan. Remove the chicken and  your onions.  Stir and cook for a couple of minutes then add your garlic, peppers, basil and tomatoes along with the juice.  Next add the chicken broth, always mixing to combine.  Place the chicken back into the pan, cover with foil and put into oven for 40 minutes.

After 40 minutes remove the pan from oven uncover and add the olives and sour cream.  Combine well.  Recover and place back into the oven for 30 minutes.

Boil some salted water and add your pasta.  Cook according to package.  Reserve 3/4 cup of pasta water.  Drain and add pasta to pan with sauce along with the pasta water first removing the chicken.  Stir well to combine add salt and pepper to taste, and even some crushed chilies. You can also top with some Parmesan cheese.  Serve from pan.

Not only is this good when freshly made but it is great reheated.  You can add more liquid when reheating so it won’t dry out.  Even just some water.

 

 

 

 

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