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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cook With What Is In Your Pantry

I love a challenge. Some days when I have not had time to shop that includes figuring out a menu for dinner. That is also where some really good recipes come from. Here is an example - I had limited time and found that I only had frozen chicken tenders and sun dried tomatoes in the pantry.  So I diced up some of the sun dried tomatoes, chopped the half of an onion I had on hand and make a great pasta dish out that and some Angel Hair Pasta and a little chicken base.

3 -4 chicken tenders - if frozen thaw in some cold water or in a Microwave.
1/2 onion -diced
Olive Oil
Three Sun Dried Tomatoes - packed in oil - reserve the oil you drain off and save the rest, Sliced
Low Sodium Chicken broth or base - 1/2 cup approx.
Angel Hair Pasta

Bring a pot of water to a boil add some salt start cooking the pasta.

Heat a non stick pan over medium heat - add the olive oil. Salt and pepper the chicken and saute until light golden brown. Remove the chicken and keep warm.  Add the onions and tomatoes and cook for few minutes.  add the chicken broth.  Deglaze the pan. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and add back to the pan with the reserved oil from the tomatoes - cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked.  

Test the pasta and if it is done, drain and add to the chicken.  Toss to mix and add some grated Parmesan Cheese.  Not too bad for quickie meal!

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