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Monday, January 28, 2013

Chicken Giardino

I love this dish.  It's quick and easy!  It only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish, not to mention the delicious simplicity of it.  You can easily customize this for your own taste buds and nutritional needs.  If you don't like zucchini, use squash instead!  If you have left over spinach in the fridge, chop it up and add it.  Need to use up that broccoli before it goes bad?  Throw it in!  Add whatever veggies you want!

1 cup bowtie pasta
1 pound chicken breast 
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1/2 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon ground italian seasoning
salt and pepper
1/4 cup parmesan cheese shavings

Notes / Directions
Bring  pot of water to a boil.  Cook pasta according to package.  In a large, non-stick skillet, add chicken and olive oil.  Salt and pepper the chicken heavily.  After about 3 minutes, add the onions and garlic.  When chicken is almost finished cooking, add red bell pepper and zucchini.  When chicken is done, add peas and tomatoes (don't seed the tomatoes, the juices add a delicious flavor to the dish) and heat through.  Stir in drained pasta and italian seasoning.  Sprinkle cheese on top.

* I use McCormick italian herb seasoning grinder.  I do have italian seasoning that you can just shake but it's just not as good!  The herbs taste more potent with the grinder and there's just a little bit of red pepper in there that is just delicious!  It adds the perfect amount of zing to the dish.

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