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Italian Chicken and Bowtie Pasta

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 [3].)  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!

Italian Chicken and Bowtie Pasta

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 25 minutes


  • 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!


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

  • 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.

  • 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