Pasta with Chicken and Sun-dried Tomatoes I

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Here’s the deal: Herb loves sun-dried tomatoes almost as much as he loves peanut butter. That’s really saying something! So we keep sun-dried tomatoes in our house at all times. We eat them on salads, in pasta dishes, and he’ll even eat them plain straight out of the bag!

Anytime I see a recipe that contains these tiny red gems, I want to try it because the recipe automatically has a 99% chance of being a hit with Herb.

One of the first meals Herb and I made together when we started dating was a sun-dried tomato and basil pasta. To this day, it is one of our favorite recipes. This recipe doesn’t originally call for spinach, but sometimes I’ll add a cup or so of chopped fresh spinach into the pasta.

Somehow the other day we ended up with 2 big bags of spinach in the fridge that needed to be eaten before we had to throw it out. I immediately thought of our standby recipe, but this amount of spinach beckoned for a new recipe where it could be better utilized. Then we thought it would be a good idea to do a recipe comparative on pasta recipes that contained chicken and sun-dried tomatoes!

Enter recipe I:

Pasta with Chicken and Sun-dried Tomatoes.

This recipe is adapted from La Gazzetta Italiana.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 6-8 boneless chicken breast tenders (or 2 chicken breasts)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup  sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian blend of cheese
  • 13 oz package of noodles – we used thin spaghetti

Recipe Directions

Put a pot of water on high heat to boil for your pasta. Trim your chicken breasts and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Lightly salt the chicken. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and chicken to the pan and cook the chicken for about 4-5 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking, chop your garlic, basil, and parsley, and cut your sun-dried tomatoes into small pieces. I personally buy the sun-dried tomatoes that are julienne style, then I prefer to cut them a little smaller.

It’s also probably time to add your pasta with a dash of salt to your boiling water. Once your chicken has cooked for 4-5 minutes, add chopped garlic to the pan and cook with the chicken for another minute.  Then stir the spinach into the pan.

After stirring the spinach in for one minute, add the sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and Parmesan.

 

Continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes until chicken is done and mixture is hot. Drain the pasta and serve the chicken mixture over the pasta, topping with mozzarella and parsley.

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We give this dish 4 out of 5 herbs. It is fairly simple, full of flavor, and pretty healthy to boot!

Pasta with Chicken and Sun-dried Tomatoes I
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Ingredients
  • 6-8 boneless chicken breast tenders (or 2 chicken breasts)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian blend of cheese
  • 13 oz package of noodles - we used thin spaghetti
Instructions
  1. Put a pot of water on high heat to boil for your pasta. Trim your chicken breasts and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Lightly salt the chicken.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and chicken to the pan and cook the chicken for about 4-5 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, chop your garlic, basil, and parsley, and cut your sun-dried tomatoes into small pieces. I personally buy the sun-dried tomatoes that are julienne style, then I prefer to cut them a little smaller.
  4. It's also probably time to add your pasta with a dash of salt to your boiling water. Once your chicken has cooked for 4-5 minutes, add chopped garlic to the pan and cook with the chicken for another minute. Then stir the spinach into the pan.
  5. After stirring the spinach in for one minute, add the sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and Parmesan.
  6. Continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes until chicken is done and mixture is hot.
  7. Drain the pasta and serve the chicken mixture over the pasta, topping with mozzarella and parsley.

 

 


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