CHICKEN WITH THYME – BASIL – MINCED GARLIC – SHREDDED CARROTS – SWEET ONION – BOWTIE PASTA IN BROTH

Note:  Thyme and basil work together as herbs very well.

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme, basil (bottled, one-half teaspoon each)

–shredded carrots (packaged, 1 handful)

–sweet onion (one-half, sliced)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–pasta (bowtie, 1 cup)

–chicken broth (low sodium, non-fat)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced onion in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Then add shredded carrots.  Place chicken on top.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, basil, and garlic, and olive oil.  Add chicken broth until the chicken is almost submerged.  Cook on low setting for 5 hours.

2 – Place 1 cup of pasta in the cooker.  Cook for one-half hour (for al dente pasta, 20 minutes) more, for a total of 5 and one-half hours.  (Cooking times may vary with the brand and model of your slow cooker.)

3 – Serve the chicken pasta and vegetables hot.

–chicken adapted from the Magical Slow Cooker (web).

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LEMON – BASIL CHICKEN PASTA WITH MUSHROOMS – ONION – CORN IN BROTH

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon juice

–lemon zest

–lemon pepper

–basil (fresh if possible, 8 to 10 large leaves, chopped)

–pasta (bowtie or penne, 1 cup, dry)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 8 to 10, sliced)

–onion (1, medium, sliced)

–corn (frozen, one-half cup)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup bowtie (farfalle) or penne pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place 8 to 10 sliced baby bella mushrooms, 1 medium onion, and one-half cup frozen corn in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place 6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cut into bite-sized pieces.

4 – Drain the pasta, and add to the vegetables.  Then add the cut-up chicken.  Stir well.  Add a generous amount of chopped basil (fresh if possible) on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

5 – Serve the chicken pasta hot.  Leftovers are best served cold.

–chicken pasta adapted from Real Simple magazine.

ONE – DISH CHICKEN BOWTIE PASTA WITH PARMESAN – PINE NUTS – CREAMER – MARINARA SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–bowtie pasta (farfalle, 2 cups dry)

–Parmesan (shredded)

–pine nuts (packaged, one-half small)

–creamer (soy or almond for lactose – free; or dairy)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 2 cups of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish, with water to cover plus 1 inch above.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.  Do not drain yet.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of soy or almond creamer, 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, one-half small package of pine nuts, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place the chicken in a fresh, covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into bite-sized pieces.  Add to the seasoned marinara sauce.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the chicken pasta hot.

–recipe original.

PENNE PASTA WITH BITE-SIZED CHICKEN & GREEN PEAS SEASONED BY BASIL – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON SLICES IN BROTH AND TOPPED WITH PARMESAN / CREAMY EGGPLANT DIP WITH MINCED GARLIC & BAKED ONION

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–penne pasta

–green peas

–basil (fresh if possible)

–minced garlic (bottled)

–lemon slices (fresh)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–eggplant (large)

–onion (1, medium)

–yogurt (non-fat, plain)

–crackers (for dip)

1 – Wash and puncture the eggplant all around with a fork.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then turn over and microwave for 5 minutes more.  Cool in the refrigerator.  Peel and cut an onion into eight pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with a very little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Let cool.

2 – When eggplant has cooled, cut off the stalk, and then cut the eggplant lengthwise.  Rake out the pulp onto a cutting board.  Cut the eggplant two ways.  Add to a mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Add the baked onion to the mixing bowl.  Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt.  Stir very well.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

3 – Place 1 cup of penne pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave for 5 minutes more on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.With a very sharp knife, cut a fresh lemon into slices.  Place the slices atop the chicken.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

5 – Place one-half cup of green peas in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

6 – Drain the pasta and add to the green peas.  Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, and add to the green peas.  Stir gently.  Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese.

7 – Serve the eggplant dip with crackers as an appetizer.  Then serve the chicken pasta hot.

–eggplant dip adapted from Minimalist Baker blog; chicken pasta adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.