Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

I'm a total sucker for those super quick recipe videos on Facebook and I couldn't get this one out of my head after I saw it.  I whipped it up on Friday after a particularly "trying" week and it was the perfect comfort food.



- Here's What You'll Need -
12 oz angel hair pasta
- olive oil
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
- kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
- 6 slices bacon
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 cups diced tomatoes
- 3 cubs baby spinach
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup (plus more!) freshly grated Parmesan


- Step 1 -

Cook and drain the pasta.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water for later.

While the pasta is cooking, heat up the olive oil (I just poured some in there) in a pan.  Season both sides of the chicken breasts in kosher salt and pepper and then pop them in the pan.  The original recipe said to cook them 4 mins on each side and they would be done... but that was NOT the case for me.  I ended up using scissors to cut it up into smaller pieces (I use kitchen scissors for EVERYTHING!) and it cooked WAY better that way.




- Step 2 -
Cook 6 pieces of bacon in another skillet (I used a dutch oven) and then drain off half the fat.  I hate cooking bacon - but this recipe is worth it - promise!




- Step 3 -
Pour in 2 cups diced tomatoes (I had leftover grape tomatoes so I used those and then added in a can as well), 2 cloves of garlic, 3 cups of baby spinach, the heavy cream, 1/2 cup of pasta water and Parmesan.  Let it simmer for a few minutes or until the spinach starts to wilt a bit.  (It will seem thin... but it'll be okay!)







- Step 4 -
Pour the pasta into the sauce, stir it together, top with the bacon (chopped), chicken and a little extra Parmesan and serve!



A couple of notes...

- You could EASILY use the pre-grilled chicken strips you get at Trader Joe's for this... but I'd probably warm them up in a pan with some salt, pepper and garlic beforehand - but if you're in a hurry that would be an easy way to cut down on the prep time. 

- You could add more "stuff" depending on your tastes.  Dave has already requested more bacon and spinach the next time I make this.  



Y'all! This was SO GOOD!!!  At first I didn't think there was going to be enough sauce... but the flavor was GREAT and there was plenty of sauce without it being too much.  Dave and I both LOVED it and the kids chowed down as well (with the spinach picked out - ugh!).  It was JUST as good as leftovers - which can be tricky with a creamy pasta - but it didn't separate when I reheated it and the flavors may have even been a bit better the next day.

I hope y'all enjoy this recipe as much as we did!  Happy Wednesday, friends!

35 comments :

  1. Looks good.
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    1. Girl! I'm making it for you WHEN YOU GET BACK WITH YOUR BABY GIRL!!!!!

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  3. This looks straight out of a restaurant! Yum!!!

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  4. This is going on my to make list very soon!

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  5. I also use kitchen for everything. They are so handy!

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  6. You had me at angel hair! Yum!!!

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  7. You can cook bacon in the oven and it is yummy!!

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    1. That's how I normally cook it - but since I needed the bacon grease I couldn't do that this time ;(

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  8. I just copied the recipe, and I will be making it very soon. Looks and sounds delicious!

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  9. Thanks for sharing! I cook my bacon in the oven atop parchment paper on a cookie sheet, you put it in an unheated oven for around 20 minutes at 375. This has been a life saver for me and the bacon comes out perfect.

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    1. That's how I normally cook it - but since I needed the bacon grease I couldn't do that this time ;(

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  10. Any suggestions on making this recipe sans tomatoes? Looks amazing! :)

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    1. I'd just throw in more spinach! And maybe some other veggie(s) that you enjoy like mushrooms or yellow/red pepper.

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  11. Putting this on the list to make next week! What brand of kitchen scissors do you use?

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    1. Just regular scissors from the dollar store. hahaha

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  12. I hate cooking bacon on the stove, too, so we bought a microwaveable bacon pan and we ALWAYS cook ours in the microwave now. It is a total game changer! And I actually like the way the bacon turns out much better. The pan has drains so the bacon isn't nearly as greasy. This one right here is similar to ours: https://www.amazon.com/Progressive-Solutions-Microwave-Bacon-Grill/dp/B00IQKES1I/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1493831635&sr=8-5&keywords=bacon+microwave+tray

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  13. Yep!! DInner is planned. Sounds delicious!

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  14. Your insta-story on Friday made my mouth drool. This looks so good. Pinning it for dinner soon! xoxo ERIN

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  15. This looks so yummy! Definitely going to make it next week. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Going on next week's menu! Looks delicious:).

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  17. Made this last night for dinner- so quick, easy and absolutely delicious! People were already arguing over who gets the leftovers for lunch! :)

    I made the recipe exactly (using half baby tomatoes plus a can of chopped)but subbed in beef macon due to pork allergies and I cubed the chicken and sprinkled it with some chicken spice before frying it up . Yummy!!!

    Happy weekend! :)

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  18. I seasoned the chicken with pesto and omitted the garlic, used asparagus instead of spinach - AWESOME! I know it's pasta and cream, but hey losing the butter counts for something right??? Will be making this dish again and again...

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