Week nights with last-minute visitors eating dinner is stressful especially when you haven’t planned anything. This one pot “Quick Chicken Pasta Meal” is pretty easy to make. It can be made from fresh ingredients or frozen. The chicken pasta meal is a standard “quick fix” at my house when it’s late (because I’m working on a blog post) or if I just don’t feel like cooking a big meal. And I LOVE pasta, however my husband does not. 😯 He will eat pasta although it is not his favorite food, too many carbs he says.
There are multiple options for preparing this dish. You can use fresh bell peppers, onions, and chicken. Or you can use frozen chicken tenderloins with a frozen pepper and onion medley. Either way the pasta still turns out really well and makes great leftovers (if there are any).
- 6 Chicken Breast Tenderloins
- 2 12 oz Tri-Color Rotini Pasta
- 1 tsp Olive Oil (Light or Mild)
- 1 tsp Minced Garlic (Spice World Minced Garlic in Olive Oil)
- 1 tsp Creole Seasoning
- 1 tsp Mrs. Dash
- 1 tsp Weber Kickin Chicken Seasoning (Omit if you do not like spicy)
- ½ tsp Everglades Seasoning
- ½ tsp Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
- ¼ tsp Basil (dry)
- 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 Small Onion, chopped
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
- Boil pasta in large stock pot according to package directions. Drain.
- Using same stock pot add olive oil on high.
- Add chicken, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. (add a little water if needed)
- Add the next 7 ingredients (seasonings).
- Continue stirring until chicken is no longer pink. (add a little water if needed)
- Add onion, green and red bell peppers, and red wine vinegar.
- Continue to stir frequently and add small amounts of water to prevent sticking.
- When onions are translucent remove from heat.
- Add drained pasta to pot and stir well scraping the bottom to mix seasonings.
More Tips About the Chicken Pasta Meal
The recipe is a little more work if you choose fresh peppers and onions. I have terrible arthritis in my hands which makes it difficult to do a lot of chopping. Recently I purchased a little chopper by OXO that I love. It can be used without the bottom so you can chop directly on your cutting board. The chopper works great for vegetables with a high water content like bell pepper and onions because you can easily control the amount of dicing. A lot of times when using a food processor peppers and onions come out like mush with a 1 second push of the button. You can also take out any pent-up frustrations because you bang on the padded top with the palm of your hand to chop your veggies. 🙂 The entire thing comes apart and can be put on the top rack of your dishwasher. Yay!
You need to stock your pantry and freezer with the basic essentials so you always have an express dinner in your back pocket. The seasonings can be adjusted according to your family’s personal taste too. If they do not like spicy or you’re feeding young children I would omit the Kickin Chicken and cut back a little on the Mrs. Dash since both add a little heat. You can speed up your prep time too by cooking the pasta in one pot and everything else in another pot simultaneously. Another point to remember is caution while sautéing, items can easily burn and stick to the bottom of your pot. Adding a little water along the way cools down to bottom of your pot and adds a nice caramel liquid full of flavor. You will want to cook-out most of the liquid before adding your pasta back to the pot otherwise the flavors won’t stick to your pasta. Let me know what you think about it!
Till Next Time,
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