Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Garlic Chicken Pasta

My Garlic Chicken Pasta is an age old recipe I made up back in my college days (hehe I know super old), its easy, filling and yummy.  Perfect for a college student without a meal plan and still perfect for my more adult days which are always guaranteed to be hectic!

If you dont like garlic....well 1. Your crazy (just kidding of course but really?) and 2. This is definitely not the recipe for you because its pretty much centered around the good stuff.

mmmm such a simple concept yet so yummy, now here's how its done:

First you want to grab some bowtie pasta and start a big pot of water to boil, once your water is boiling throw in about half the box (for a 2 person meal - double it for 4)

Why dont they just call it bowtie? Whats with this fancy "Farfalle" name? hmmpff
While your water is boiling and your pasta is cooking (I always find it takes a little longer to cook bowtie pasta so that the center of the bowtie isnt too hard) you want to start chopping up about 6 cloves of garlic - you can use more or less depending on your love of garlic but for a garlic lover and serving this to 2 people 6 was plenty.
Set your garlic aside and start cutting 1 chicken breast into pieces (I used a regular chicken breast as opposed to the thin cut ones you can buy)

This is a good time to pour some olive oil (about 3 tablespoons) in your frying pan and set it to medium heat - add your chopped up garlic.

Once that's done grab a bowl and mix together about 1/2 cup of flour and some salt and pepper, then dredge your chicken pieces in it.

Throw those pieces into the frying pan with your oil and garlic and cook until both sides are a little bit browned.

Mmm look at all that garlicy goodness!!
While that's all cooking* what better time to pour yourself a glass of wine**....

*whoops see that totally full box of bowtie pasta in the background there? I guess the jig is up....turns out I poured the wine before starting to cook entirely :)
** That second glass is for my hubby, you know its true love when your willing to share your wine with him <3 <3

Ok back to the cooking.....
Once your pasta is done strain and throw into a big bowl
Then add in the cooked chicken, and allll those yummy garlic bits from the pan - don't under any circumstances leave those out - they are my fav part!! Also at this time drizzle some more Olive Oil over the pasta - because remember the oil is the only sauce on there so you really need some to jazz it up.
Mix that all up and Bon Appetite!!

Here is the quick and easy version:

  • 1/2 box Bowtie Pasta (Farfalle)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 chicken breast
  • Olive oil
  • Flour
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil
  2. Once boiling put in your pasta
  3. Chop up 6 cloves of garlic into small pieces
  4. Cut chicken breast into small pieces
  5. Pour approximately 3 tablespoons of olive oil into frying pan set to medium heat
  6. Add garlic to frying pan and start to brown
  7. Dredge chicken pieces in mixture of flour, salt and pepper
  8. Add chicken to frying pan and brown on both sides
  9. Strain pasta and pour into bowl
  10. Add chicken and roasted garlic pieces
  11. Add a few tablespoons of olive oil
  12. Mix it all up and serve!
***Again this is all for a 2 person meal, you can double for a family of 4, or triple for 6 :)


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