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.

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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.