Italian Chicken and Bowtie Pasta

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 5, 2009

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Lindsay emailed this recipe for a yummy pasta dish that uses cherry or grape tomatoes!

I used the $3.55 Tyson split chicken breasts that I bought this morning.  I baked them with some seasonings and then cut off all the chicken…gave me 4 cups total!  Used 2 cups for this recipe and 2 cups went into the freezer! (Read more here about what to do with split chicken breasts.)  I then took the bones and made chicken broth.  Good thing it’s a cool, rainy day today…otherwise the kitchen heat might have done me in!

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Italian Chicken and Bowtie Pasta

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. bow tie pasta ($1) On sale this week!
  • 1/4 cup canola oil ($.20)
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half (free from garden)
  • 2 cups frozen spinach ($.63)
  • 2 cups shredded chicken ($3.55/2) On sale plus coupon this week!
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning (free) McCormicks grinders on sale for $1, used $.50 coupon doubled!
  • Salt, pepper, and chopped fresh parsley, to taste
  • Green Beans (free from the garden) Picked yet another batch this morning!

Directions

  • In medium saucepan, cook pasta noodles according to package instructions. Drain pasta.

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  • In large skillet, add canola oil, cherry tomatoes, spinach, cooked shredded chicken (or diced uncooked chicken). Cook over medium high heat until chicken has cooked through. (Tomatoes should get a little mushy). Cover and turn to low.

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  • Once chicken has cooked, add drained pasta and toss with ingredients in the skillet. Let simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes.
  • Wash and cut off green bean stems. Cut into bite size pieces. Steam in stovetop steamer or in saucepan.
  • Serve Italian Chicken and Bowtie Pasta with Green Beans.

Cost $3.60

shredded-chicken

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Amber @ Classic Housewife August 5, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Oh that looks SOOO yummy! And I have some split breasts in my freezer that I bought on sale – Yay!

Quick tip, by the way… if you have the right kinds of pots/pans available to you – I had a set that had a large pot and a large pot shaped colander that also sat on top of it for steaming, etc. – if you have the right kind of set up you can steam your veggies while you cook your pasta! Yay for double duty. ;)

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Lindsay August 5, 2009 at 8:09 pm

I’m so glad it turned out well for you…and that looks exactly like mine! Now that I’ve seen the pictures, I’m going to have to put it on my menu for next week! :)

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Lauren August 5, 2009 at 11:57 pm

That looks AWESOME! Oh and I made the tomato basil quiche (sans basil, couldn’t find any) and it was sooooooooooooooooo good!

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Marion W August 10, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Just made this tonight. We used whole wheat orzo and fresh spinach. Very yummy

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