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Chicken in a Skillet with pasta

It's chicken! It's in a Skillet! and... There is pasta.

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Chicken in a Skillet with pasta

by zirbirt

We have all been there. You need to make chicken for dinner, but you don't want to make anything elaborate... but also grilled chicken yet again just doesn't sound too exciting. When I get in this situation, I start peeking in the cupboards for some ideas.

I almost always have some form of marinade, and I always have a few types of pasta on hand. So, I just start putting things together.

I had some leftover bronzebeard sauce that would act as a nice marinade, but have done this with store bough teriyaki as well as garlic and herb... so it's really just anything that would go with chicken.

I start by cutting my chicken breasts into cubes and putting them into a bowl.

I then chop 1 medium onion, and 3-4 cloves of garlic. I toss them into the bowl, then pour in about half my marinade and toss it all together.

I cover the bowl with saran wrap and stick it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (best to do this in the morning and let it sit all day).

Then, I heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add about 2 Tbs of olive oil. Then the whole chicken concoction goes into the skillet.

So normally, cooking the onions and garlic with the chicken isn't that great of an idea.. As you can see above my chicken has no sear on it, its just all one color. This is because the juice from the onions will immediately come out and basically boil or poach my chicken instead of searing it.

So, from a proper cooking technique perspective, I was doing it wrong! However, from a I don't want to put a ton of work into it perspective.. this was fine.

While the chicken is cooking, I boil a large pot of water and cook about 8 ounces of ziti until it is al dente.

Once the ziti is cooked, and the chicken is fully cooked, I just add the ziti to the chicken mixture.

I pour in my remaining marinade, then mix it all together.

Then, I just cover the skillet and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, I sprinkle on 1 cup of shredded cheddar.. cover and let cook 5 more minutes.

Then I just remove the lid and stir it all together. The melted cheddar will mix with all the liquid from the onions and the marinade to give me a nice creamy texture.

That's all there is to it. This is a very simple, quick fix dinner that is very unique and tasty.

Hope you enjoyed this posting! Thanks for reading!

zirbirt
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