Italian Chicken with Pasta


Fall is definitely my favorite season. I just wish it lasted longer; sweaters, apple cider, pumpkin beers, Oktoberfest and of course all of the yummy dishes that come with it. Summer is a season of go go go and Fall to me is a time of nesting. I love to organize my closets, drawers, clean a lot and cook A LOT. There is nothing better than coming home on a chilly Fall day to the smell of something delicious that has been cooking all day in the crock-pot, and opening a bottle of delicious red wine. It’s the simple things in life. Anyways enough rambling, last night for dinner I decided to make a somewhat healthy (minus all of that cheese!) chicken dish. I did have pasta but it was whole wheat/grain and my portion was relatively small. Overall I think this dish turned out quite tasty and will be eating the leftovers for lunch today 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 6 hormone-free organic chicken breasts
  • 4 oz can of non-marinated artichokes
  • 5 cored roma tomatoes and diced
  • 3 tablespoons of whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • Quarter of a white onion chopped
  • Half box of whole wheat spaghetti
  • Arugula with fresh lemon (if desired)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Mozzarella cheese

Steps:

1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

2) Combine the tomatoes, artichokes, onion, olive oil and flour into a bowl and mix

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3) Clean the chicken and place into a baking pan with tomato mixture, mix aroundImage

4) Place in oven for roughly 20-25 minutes or until chicken is almost done (slightly pink)

5) While the chicken is cooking prepare the pasta according to the directions

6) Put the oven on broil, take the chicken out and add mozzarella cheese, broil until the cheese has melted. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes.

7) In the mean time add the pasta to the plate along with some fresh arugula with a little bit of olive oil, sea salt and lemon for dressing (if desired, I always like to make sure I am getting some greens in my meal)

8) Place the chicken on top of the pasta along with the extra juices and tomato mixture. Drink with a glass of red wine and enjoy!Image

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