Friday, March 12, 2010

Garlic & Olive Oil Pasta with Marinated Chicken Breast

This is super easy & super cheapo.....and extremely delicious!

1 lb of Spaghetti (or other long pasta) - I buy the 2 lb package at Aldi for, I believe, $1.19
2 large chicken breasts (mine were ginormous) diced
4 cloves garlic - minced
a few tbsp good quality olive oil
4 cloves garlic - minced
about 1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

First off, let's get the chicken a marinatin' - crush 4 cloves of garlic into a bowl or measuring cup. Add the dijon, oregano, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Whisk in the olive oil  - done!

Mmmm. It smells goooooooood!
Add it to your diced chicken breast in a ziplock baggie.

Let that hang out in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Get a large pot of water on to boil in the mean time. Salt it well...this is the only chance you have to season your pasta while it cooks!

I broke my spaghetti in half (sacreligious, I's easier for my kid to eat and easier to cook in the pot I have)

When the water is rapidly boiling, toss it in. Mine takes 10 minutes to cook (according to the package) - time to start the chicken next!

Get a skillet smokin' hot. Pour the entire bag of chicken & marinade into the very hot skillet.

Feel free to drink a brewski or a glass of wine in the process...

Let the chicken cook for about 5-8 minutes until it's cooked through.  It should be done about the same time as the pasta. Add 4 cloves of crushed garlic to the chicken right before you drain the pasta and stir - turn off the heat.

Drain the pasta...add the chicken and all of the sauce/marinade to the pasta pot.

Now add the spaghetti and toss well. Add in a bit more olive oil, salt & pepper to taste. Make sure you taste it for the correct seasoning.

Jim was my taste tester tonight.

He says "Deeeelicious!"
And we are DONE!


J Dot said...

Had this last night...delicious! Next time we make it, we may add a little more marinade. Ours cooked off when we made the chicken. Still, yum.

Adin Briggs said...

Going to try this recipe tonight. Sounds like it'll be delicious!

Unknown said...

I was looking for a light chicken and pasta dish to make for tonight without the typical tomato sauce and cheese and this was perfect. So good and easy! My husband and 3-year-old, who are both a bit picky, loved it too. I think I will be using this recipe a lot. Thank you!