Thursday, June 12, 2008

Spicy Chicken Pasta

I want to say thanks for all the great feedback on the pizza. A couple of you have even made it already so that makes me so happy and is really humbling! I do hope you all love it as much as I did.

I am such a sucker for pasta. It is so easy to make in a single serving size and it is just delicious. This recipe is not too spicy but has a really great flavor to it. It does include tomatoes, which are causing people to hit the panic button these days, but they are cooked and there are lots and lots of tomatoes out there that are perfectly safe to eat. If you are still uncomfortable grab a can of diced tomatoes, drain them and you are ready to rock!

Your recipe comes from Everyday Food. It calls for Penne, but I didn't have any so I substituted. First thing to do is get some water boiling for the pasta!

This doesn't have many ingredients so go gather them all up. You need some chicken, tomato paste, red pepper flakes, a tomato, a lemon and some pasta. (the hubby's BLT is in the making behind the red pepper) Spinach didn't manage to make it in the photo because I simply forgot about it until I needed to add it!

Cut the chicken into small cubes so that they cook up nice and fast.

Dice your tomato, or grab your can and drain it off.

Juice your lemon into something and fish out the seeds, or use a strainer to catch them. Set this aside for now.

I used Gemelli pasta because it is cute and it was on sale. Get it in the pan and get it boiling.

Reserve some pasta water to help make the sauce. I always do this toward the end of the cooking because I usually forget and pour all the water down the drain. In the last few minutes of cooking, drop in the chicken.

While that cooks get out some spinach. This looks like a lot but it will cook down a LOT. Drain the pasta and chicken and return to the pot.

So get your tomatoes, tomato paste and red pepper flakes in with the pasta.

Give it a good stir.

Drop in the spinach and just continue to stir until it wilts down as much as you would like. When its all combined add in the lemon juice.

Plate it up and enjoy!

I promise this tastes as good as it looks.

I hope you all have a GREAT weekend!!


  1. Another great recipe but I don't understand why would anyone have a problem using tomatoes????

    Noah Willow Tess Lucy

  2. We just made this for dinner after being impressed by the lovely final picture you posted on Livejournal. Delicious! Thanks for sharing. =)