Thursday, January 3, 2013

What's for dinner tonight

I originally found this recipe on Pinterest and weimmediately fell in love with it.  It isso, so delicious.  Initially the boyswere less than enthusiastic, but it is so good, I couldn’t help but make itonce in a while anyway.  To my surprise,tonight both boys were clean platers and William even asked for more twice!  

Do yourself a favor and make this as soon as possible.  Without further ado:

Garlic Pesto Chicken with Tomato Cream Penne

1/3 cup water
1/3 cup vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil**
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried Italian style seasoning***
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix well.
*the recipe originally calls for ½ bottle of Lawry’s Herband Garlic marinade.  Of course, one ofthe first ingredients is HFCS, so I opted to make my own.  Original recipe: Garlic and Herb Marinade 
**I substituted olive oil
***I used a teaspoon of my Italian dressing seasoning 

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup pesto (luckily I have a family member that makes it,but if you aren’t quite as lucky I strongly suggest making your own)
8 ounces penne pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup chicken broth
8 ounces tomato sauce
1 cup half and half

Cut chicken into one inch strips.  Make slits in chicken strips.  Marinate chicken in herb and garlic marinadeand ½ pesto overnight (or longer).

After the chicken is marinated:

Boil water to start noodles. Pour entire batch of chicken, marinade and all, into skillet and simmerover medium heat.  Cook chicken throughcompletely and the marinade will cook down.

Heat olive oil and cook garlic.  Once garlic becomes fragrant, add remaining pestoand chicken broth.  Simmer until broth ishalf cooked down.  Add tomato sauce andhalf and half.  Simmer an additional fiveminutes.  Toss pasta with sauce.

To serve – plate pasta and place chicken on top.

Recipe adapted from: Garlic Pesto Chicken with Tomato CreamPenne at 

Enjoy and you’re welcome!
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