MARINATED ROSEMARY CHICKEN WITH GARLIC IN BALSAMIC & RED WINE SAUCE / ROTINI PASTA WITH MINT – CELERY – ONION – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN SPICY MARINARA SAUCE TOPPED WITH CROUTONS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–balsamic vinegar

–red wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rotini pasta (dried, packaged)

–mint

–celery (1 stalk, with leaves)

–onion (one-quarter, medium)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce, bottled)

–croutons (seasoned, packaged)

1 – In the morning, place chicken in a plastic bag and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar to marinate.  Keep in refrigerator.  When preparing for dinner, place the marinated chicken in a covered baking dish with the balsamic vinegar and a little red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, rosemary, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place 1 cup of dried pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 2 inches above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes, and then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Chop celery and onion, and place in a covered baking dish with one-fourth jar of marinara sauce.  Season with mint, parsley, cayenne pepper (optional), salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, add drained pasta to the sauce.  Stir well.  Sprinkle with croutons.  Keep covered.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 and one-half minutes on high.

5 – Serve the pasta as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot.  I also served green beans with almonds and field peas with snaps (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–pasta and chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

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