Friday, August 19, 2011

Family Recipe Friday: Italian Chicken Pasta Toss

Ashley Honeycutt, my niece

Another recipe suggested by mom:

Ashley showed zucchini at the county 4-H fair this year and won a blue ribbon.   Every year I always like to put out zucchini plants are different intervals so I don't have it coming on at the same time.   Of course, I make bread and chocolate cake with them but I started looking for recipes that I could use zucchini in the main course.   I found this recipe in a Pampered Chef cookbook and I try to fix it at least once each season.

Italian Chicken Pasta Toss

    3 cups bow tie pasta                                           
    2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced                              
    1 small onion, chopped                                         
    1 medium zucchini, sliced                                      
    1 small  yellow pepper or red pepper, cut into thin slices     
    1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breast halves,cut into 1-inch slices
    2 teaspoons olive oil                                          
    2 larges garlic cloves                                         
    1/2 cup frozen green peas                                      
    1 teaspoon Italian seasoning                                   
    1 teaspoon salt                                                
    1/4 cup Parmesan cheese            
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and keep warm.   Meanwhile, dice tomatoes and chop onion.   Slice zucchini and cut bell pepper into thin strips and chicken crosswise into 1-inch strips.

Heat oil in stir-fry skillet over medium-high heat until hot.   Press garlic into skillet.   Add chicken; stir fry 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.   Reduce heat to medium.   Add onion, zucchini, bell pepper, peas, seasoning and salt; stir-fry 2 minutes.   Add tomatoes; heat 1-2 minutes, stirring gently until heated through.   Remove from heat.   Stir in warm pasta.   Sprinkle cheese over pasta; serve immediately.

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