Saturday, August 16, 2008

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Toss

Our dinner tonight was almost thwarted by a pregnancy craving. I was dying for some biscuits from Popeye's. The husband was going to go get us that for dinner, but we decided it wasn't worth the drive or the cost. Because we're budget friendly and all that. ;)

I had originally planned on making a chicken recipe that was something like chicken with florentine sauce. It sounded and looked good, but I forgot a couple ingredients and I only had two chicken breasts. Oops. I went back through my chicken recipes on here to see if I could find some kind of casserole or skillet dish to make where two chicken breasts would get me by. I saw my chicken parmesan recipe and thought that sounded good, so I decided to invent a new dish. Lo and behold, my Chicken Parmesan Pasta Toss was born.

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Toss
2 chicken breasts
2 egg whites
Italian bread crumbs
8 ounces (dried) rotini pasta
2 cups spaghetti sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese
Grated parmesan

Cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces. Place egg whites in a pie plate, place bread crumbs into a gallon Ziploc bag. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Put chicken pieces into egg whites and coat chicken. Transfer chicken to Ziploc bag and close bag. Shake to coat chicken pieces. Move chicken pieces to skillet with olive oil; cook until golden brown and cooked through.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling water and drain when done cooking. Return pasta to pasta pot, add in chicken. Pour in spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan. Stir to combine. Serve.

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This was an awesome creation, if I do say so myself. I'm always a bit skeptical when I come up with my own dinner creations, but this is something I'd definitely make again. I used a pouch of the Ragu All Natural spaghetti sauce because I had it in my pantry, and the only other sauce I had was frozen. The amount of sauce in the pouch was perfect. I guessed at how much was in the pouch. I also don't know exactly how much of the bread crumbs I used. I poured them into the bag until it looked like it was going to be enough.

This was ridiculously easy, too. I put the pot of water on to boil right before I put the chicken in the skillet, so even my timing of everything worked out pretty perfectly. The husband stopped himself after having seconds but said he would have gone back for more.

1 comment:

Jen B. said...

This sounds really good and super easy. It is fun to invent dishes...now you are a mad scientist too!