Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Citrus Chicken Pasta

I know I never posted this week's menu, but tonight I had planned to make some chicken pot pies for the freezer.  I went to a different Aldi than I usually do today, and they didn't have the roll out pie crusts to go on top of them, and I just wasn't feeling making my own, so I moved on to plan B, which involved foraging through my pantry.

You see, I bought about 7lbs of split chicken  breasts at El Rio Grande last Thursday for $0.69/lb.   Sunday I cooked them all and then cooked the bones down some more to make a stock, so I've got a two big bowls of chicken and stock sitting in my fridge, so I knew whatever I made was going to involve chicken.

I had various pastas, and a few sauce/seasoning packets in the pantry so here is what I came up with.

1 bag of Wacky Mac  ($0.49 after coupon I believe)
1 packet of McCormick Grill Mates Baja Citrus flavor  (free after coupon)
Cooked chicken --I sort of just tossed in a few handfuls until it looked about right....I would guess roughly 2 cups.
1 bag of Bird's Eye Steam Fresh Peas  (I don't remember the price of these)
Sliced Tomatos --I had some small cherry tomatoes in the fridge...I probably used about 10-15 for the whole pot sliced in half.

Cook Pasta.  While pasta is cooking prepare Grill Mates as directed on package.  Also, microwave peas, and slice tomatoes.

Drain pasta.  Add in sauce, chicken, peas, and tomatoes.   Heat through (because my chicken was cold) and serve.

It came out pretty good for a quick meal.   My girls gave me a bit of trouble because they could see the seasoning on it and didn't believe me that it wasn't spicy.  I was in the mood for something tangy, so I chose the citrus, but you could use any type of marinade you have on hand that sounds good to you.  You can also use any type of veggie you have in your fridge/freezer that needs to be used up.

Let me know what you would put in it!


MM June 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM  

Visiting from Dishing It Up.
I like this "use what you have" dish! Thanks for sharing.

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