I have a deep and intense love for Italian food but absolutely hate the work that generally goes into making it, let’s just say I’m an expert on ordering take out manicotti but couldn’t make it if I tried. But in an attempt to be more fiscally responsible when my most recent pasta craving hit I decided to try my hand at a meal on my own. I got this recipe from my mom and love the bold flavors in the sauce. It is probably one of the easier things I’ve made in awhile but it sure didn’t look like it when I showed it off proudly to my roommates. This dish smells AMAZING when you’re cooking it and took me no time at all. My only complaint with the original recipe is it’s timing was off for me. It said to simmer the sauce for 15 minutes, mine was a paste in about 5. I’m not sure if that’s because I diced the chicken (I prefer that over strips which you end up cutting anyway) or what, but keep that in mind when you’re timing things.
The original recipe is here, but this is so good I’ll definitely keep the recipe in rotation: (note the picture I’m showing is not my plate but the one from the original recipe, my crappy phone camera couldn’t capture the deliciousness the same way)
Balsamic Chicken and Pasta
- 3 chicken breasts (I cut mine up into bite sized chunks)
- 1 teaspoons garlic salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion (the recipe said thinly sliced, I diced mine)
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes (I would recommend petite diced if you’re like me and don’t like large chunks of tomato)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 package noodles of choice (spaghetti worked fine for me but it’s judge free if you want to use something else)
- Season chicken breasts with garlic salt. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet, and brown the onion and seasoned chicken breasts.
- Pour tomatoes and balsamic vinegar over chicken, and season with basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Simmer until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes.