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Monday, March 9, 2009

Chicken Pasta Puttanesca

This dish is just bursting with flavor! It is surprisingly easy for being so flavorful. And the best part is that it makes enough to freeze half for another meal.

One of the ingredients in this dish is capers. I love capers! One of my favorite meals growing up was veal piccata with capers. But capers are somewhat expensive so I don't buy them very often.

When buying more "gourmet" ingredients, here is a little tip I use. I plan to use that ingredient in at least 3 meals throughout the month. This guarantees that I'll stretch that more expensive item. It also guarantees that I'll use it up before it gets forgotten about and goes bad in the refrigerator.Chicken Pasta Puttanesca
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb. chicken breasts
  • Salt & pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 T. capers
  • 1 can sliced black olives
  • 2 cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning
  • Pasta of choice
1. Heat 2 T. olive oil in a large skillet. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and brown for 2-3 minutes on each side. (Don't worry if the chicken is not all the way cooked, it will finish cooking later.) Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside.

2. Pour remaining tablespoon of olive oil into the skillet. Add the garlic, mushrooms and crushed red pepper flakes to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, until mushrooms are browned. Add capers and olives; cook for another 2 minutes.3. Cube the chicken and put back in skillet. Add the diced tomatoes and their liquid. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the Italian seasoning. Toss half the sauce with up to one pund fully cooked and drained pasta. Freeze the remaining half for another meal.Visit Blessed With Grace and Forever...Wherever for more recipes. Or check out Erin's blog for the $5 Dinner Challenge. And stop by The Finer Things In Life where Amy is hosting Kitchen Tip Tuesdays for Tammy today.


Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

I want to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us. It isn't complicated. I love that.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Also, that is a GREAT tip, regarding using your specialty gourmet products.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

It looks great. Thanks for sharing!

ihchicky said...

Another fabulous recipe to sweep me off my feet. You are combining two of my favorites...olives and chicken. I'll have to try this and throw my new meal plan aside for one more day.

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itsahumanzoo said...

That looks amazing! My husband hates olives and capers though. What a downer. :(

Brenda said...

Pasta, olives and mushrooms, all things my husband absolutely loves. Thanks

Kaycee said...

This is a different twist on pasta, it looks delicious.

Kristen said...

I L-O-V-E capers too! This pasta looks fabulous - I can't wait to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing!

PamperingBeki said...

That sounds so good! I love capers too.

I think I will make this!

Anonymous said...

This looks great, I love capers and black olives, so I know this is so good.

Amy said...

I needed a quick chicken recipe, and you always deliver! This looks sooo yummy (I have to say that I don't do mushrooms, so they will be left out!). Thanks, Kate!