Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Chicken Pasta Jardin


I decided to be adventurous and try one of my own creations. It turned out pretty good, there are a few changes I may make next time (and make sure I come up with exact measurements), but it was quite tasty and light.

Chicken Pasta Jardin

1 lb Chicken, cubed
1/2 a zucchini, sliced
1/2 a red or green pepper, sliced, and halved
1/4 - 1/2 Onion, sliced and halved
1/4 lb Green Beans, cut into 1 inch pieces (You can really use whatever veggies you like)
1 Tomato, roughly chopped
White wine
Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Basil (I used dry because that is all I have)
Lemon Juice & Zest from 1/2 a lemon
Kosher Salt
Ground Pepper
Angel Hair Pasta

1. Chop vegetables, place all veggies, except tomatoes in a ziploc bag.

2. Add 1 Tbsp Olive Oil, 1 Tbsp White wine, and a dash of salt and pepper.

3. Seal Bag and shake together.

4. Heat medium saucepan to medium high heat. When heated, add contents of bag.

5. Cook vegetables until tender crisp (more crispy then tender since they will be added to the mixture again later) - Also, start cooking pasta.

6. While vegetables are cooking, place cubed chicken to the bag used for the vegetables. Add another Tbsp of Olive oil, white wine, and a dash of salt and pepper. Shake to combine.

7. When vegetables are ready remove to a bowl, and return pan to heat. Add the chicken.

8. Cook Chicken until all pink is gone (this will vary depending on how large your cubes are 6-8 min)

9. Add vegetables to pan with Chicken, and add the tomatoes that were set aside.

10. Add aproximately 3 tbsp olive Oil, 3-5 tbsp white wine, a good squeeze from a 1/2 a lemon, Lemon zest from the 1/2 lemon, and a 1/4 tsp Basil. Add a dash of salt and ground pepper to taste.

11. Let simmer for a few minutes until heated through. Taste the sauce and add more of any of the ingredients (since I just eyeballed my measurements, I only took a guess at the exact measurements).

12. Serve over pasta. Garnish with Parmesan Cheese. (Looking back I might have mixed the past in with the mixture before serving it to get more flavor in the pasta). Enjoy!

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