Recipe by charlotte221
"Tonight, I was desperate to use up the chicken and fresh spinach in my fridge. I didn't have much energy or time and I couldn't find anything I wanted to make. I took a chance and threw this together from what I had on hand and it turned out great! It can be as simple or as fancy as you want. My picky 5-year olds and husband enjoyed it (except the spinach), so that pretty much makes it a keeper."
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olive oil, or as needed
skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces, or more as needed
poultry seasoning, or to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups
1 (16 ounce) package
fresh angel hair pasta, cut into thirds
1 (10 ounce) package
sliced fresh mushrooms
garlic powder, or to taste
1 (6 ounce) bag
grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste
I made this for Sunday lunch, and it was my first experience cooking pasta in the sauce. I really appreciate having one less pot, especially on Sunday! I stayed very close to the recipe, only using chicken broth instead of water. I feel this is a great place to jump from, to customize to your family's tastes. For us, it was a bit bland, and would have benefited from some onions, from fresh garlic instead of powder, and from a bit of cream at the end to give the sauce some oomph. Overall, it is a solid recipe, and a great way to work in some veggies.
This is exactly the type of recipe I'm looking for when I look for 'quick week-night meal'. I didn't follow the recipe exactly, but I believe that's the whole point. This is a recipe with basic instructions, and then one fills in the blanks with what's in the fridge at the moment. I used chicken stock and water instead of plain water; and used red bell pepper, celery, and onion for the veggies. This was the first time I ever cooked pasta this way. I was a little nervous that it wouldn't cook completely, but it was awesome - absolutely love that was all prepared using one pan. I'll definitely try this again, and again will use whatever veggies and seasonings are available at the moment.
Thanks for the comment, Bibi! Great suggestions. (I had next to nothing in my house -- fresh garlic would be great!) This was my first time actually submitting a recipe to the public. I'm so glad it worked out for you.
Added roasted red peppers and the some cherry tomato slices at the end. Easy, filling, and tasty.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Quick Weeknight Skillet Chicken
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 96
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