08 August 2011

Robbie's Spicy Chicken Pasta

2 cups of penne pasta
6 cups of water
Salt and pepper
Vegetable oil
2 chicken breasts, cubed
1 jar of favorite canned spaghetti sauce
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tube of Gourmet Garden Italian Seasoning Herb Blend
1 glass of red wine
Hot sauce

Combine vegetable oil, salt, pepper, and water in a deep pot. Bring water to boil. When water reaches a boil, add pasta and let cook for 4 minutes. Drain pasta but do not rinse.

While pasta is being prepared, season the chicken in a bowl with salt, pepper, 1 tbsp. of hot sauce, and olive oil. Combine garlic and half of the diced onion in a separate bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Put 3 tbsps. of olive oil in a sauce pan and bring to a high heat. Add the onion/garlic mix and sweat until onions start to become clear. Add the chicken and cook until brown. Reduce heat to low. Add spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, 2 tbsps. of hot sauce, other half of the onion, and 1 oz. of the Italian herb blend. Use the wine to "clean" the sauce jar and add. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly integrated. Let simmer under lid for 15 minutes. Remove lid, add pasta, and let simmer for an additional 8 minutes.

Serve in a pasta bowl (or a regular bowl or a dinner plate). Garnish with fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Serves 4.

1 comment:

Tuffie said...

do you suggest any particular brand of pasta sauce? some canned/jar products have specific flavor profiles and levels of added sugar (Ragu vs. Classico for example) so was wondering what you're preferred brand is.

also have you ever tried this recipe with another heat source outside of the hot sauce? maybe ground chili paste?