Chicken Parmesan Pasta
This Chicken Parmesan Pasta recipe is sponsored by Barilla and Acorn.
We cook basically every meal at home. That’s what happens when you work at home. You have breakfast and lunch here, then start cooking dinner while you’re working. And it gets even worse when Pete heads back to school. He goes back in a few weeks, and that means less time that he can help with dinner.
We don’t make gourmet meals every night. We don’t have that sort of time, especially during the school year. Sometimes, you have to adapt your favorite meals to fit your weekday schedule.
Like chicken parm. I love chicken parm. But when I’m working 14 hour days, I don’t have time to bread and dredge cutlets (in flour then egg then breadcrumbs), then pan fry them, then bake them in the oven topped with sauce and cheese. And then make pasta! So I had to come up with a way to simplify my chicken parm so I could have it whenever I wanted. Thus, my Chicken Parmesan Pasta was born.
It’s so easy, mostly because I cut the chicken in a way that only takes a handful of minutes to cook.
Chicken Parmesan Pasta
What You’ll Need:
- 12 fresh chicken breast strips
- 4 oz. mozzarella cheese
- 24oz. jar Barilla Tomato & Basil marinara sauce
- 1 box Barilla penne pasta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt (to taste)
- Pepper (to taste)
- Garlic powder (to taste)
- Fresh oregano (to taste)
What You’ll Do:
Slice the chicken, then cut the slices in half. This will create cubes that are super quick to cook.
Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the chicken. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook about ten minutes until your chicken is cooked through.
At the same time, boil water in a pot and cook the pasta according to the package.
While you’re waiting, cut the cheese into strips. This will help it melt quickly when you finally add it to the pot.
Drain the pasta. Pour the sauce on top.
Then add the chicken …
… cheese, and half your oregano.
Stir until the cheese melts.
Serve with a bit of oregano for garnish.
This is actually one of our new favorite meals. It made enough for the both of us to have for dinner two nights and then for me to give a serving to my parents for dinner. It was so good the next day too. The flavors really came together that way.
We picked up all the ingredients at Walmart, along with a loaf of fresh baked bread. Our Walmart actually had a basket of Barilla pasta and sauce products next to the fresh bread display, so if you can’t find your favorite sauce on the shelf, try there. The Barilla Tomato & Basil sauce section of the shelf was empty at my store, but I was able to find it by the bread. I love that you can head to Walmart for all your grocery and back to school needs.
Even better, Barilla has partnered with No Kid Hungry. Have you heard of the organization? It’s a national non-profit organization that focuses on connecting kids in need with nutritious food. It also teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.
Additional information about the No Kid Hungry Organization can be found here: https://www.nokidhungry.org/about-us.
For every box of Barilla Blue Box pasta purchase at Walmart between 8/10/2017 – 10/31/2017, Barilla will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry, up to $50,000. That’s enough to provide 500,000 meals to kids in need. Learn more at nokidhungry.org/onedollar.
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