Thursday, January 13, 2011

Italian Chicken Pasta

This recipe is adapted from a friend's recipe; she had brought this dish into work, and it was great! But being the typical Italian cook that I am, there of course had to be some "tweaks" made.....

1 pkg frozen breaded chicken breast tenders
2 pkgs fresh Mozzarella Cheese balls
1 large or 2 smaller jars Spaghetti Sauce (or homemade if available)
1 lb pasta, any type
Grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the chicken tenders either by pan frying or baking until golden. Cool slightly and cut into chunks.

Cut or tear Mozzarella into small pieces; set aside.

Heat sauce in large Dutch Oven over low heat; stir in chicken tender pieces.

Cook pasta in boiling water until "al dente", drain. Add to sauce in Dutch Oven, stir well. Add pieces of Mozzarella and stir, but don't stir too much! You want the cheese to stay in soft chunks so that it will be stringy when serving.

This dish is good served with a hot loaf of Italian bread, a side salad, and a good bottle of wine.

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