Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sensational Saturday

Ever get sick of eating the same old things? Looking for new recipes to try?

I know I was! Tonight, we got together with some friends, picked out a new recipe to try, and made it. It turned out delicious, and we had a blast! It was so much fun that we decided to do it every weekend.

So, I've decided to add a new little weekly feature to my blog... and I'm calling it Sensational Saturday. {Okay, so I'm not the best at coming up with creative names.} Basically, we will try a new recipe every week, and I'll blog about it! Yay.


This week we decided to make Skinny Spaghetti with Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes.

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5 skinless chicken breasts, sliced in strips
Cooking spray
1/2 tsp each of dried oregano and dries basil
kosher salt and fresh pepper
16 oz thin spaghetti
3 cups grape tomatoes, halved
12 cloves garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped
extra virgin olive oil
Italian dressing {we used Kraft Tuscan Italian}
2 cups chopped fresh basil
2 cups shredded cheese {we used sharp cheddar and pepper jack}

- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.

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- Season chicken generously with salt, pepper, oregano and basil. Heat a large skillet on high heat. When hot, spray with oil and add chicken. Drizzle with italian dressing. Cook until no longer pink. Remove chicken and set aside.

- Add pasta and cook according to package directions.

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- While pasta cooks, add olive oil to skillet on high heat. Add garlic and sauté until golden brown (do not burn). Add tomatoes, salt and pepper and reduce heat to medium-low. Sauté about 10 minutes. Then add chopped basil and continue to cook 4-5 minutes. When pasta is drained, add pasta to tomatoes and toss well. If pasta seems too dry, add extra olive oil. Add fresh basil and chicken and toss well. Serve and top with good shredded cheese.

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For original recipe, click here. {I altered the recipe a bit}

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