Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday Menu Magic

OK, this week as promised I will feature Corinne's favorite meal at our house. Corinne is my son's beautiful girlfriend. She comes to our house a couple times a week and has come to love my Chicken Pesto.

First, you will need these ingredients:
Chicken - sliced in bite sized pieces (about 1 to 1 1/2 lbs.)
Onion - sliced (1 medium to large)
Peppers - green, red, yellow (mixed or if you prefer, use just one kind) - sliced - (Use 2 peppers)
Linguine - 1 lb. box
I used a jar of pre-made pesto - works great and saves time :)

Optional - pine nuts - toasted lightly

While your preparing the pasta.

In a large fry pan toast the pine nuts if you choose to use them. Quickly stir the nuts around a dry medium-hot pan until they start to change to a light brown color. Remove and place in small dish until needed.

Next, cook the chicken in a small amount of oil (olive oil is great if you have it, otherwise use what you have). Move the cooked chicken to a large serving dish and cover with foil and set aside.

Now, you need to saute the onions and peppers. We like them tender crisp but, cook them to your families taste. I use olive oil again to saute the veggies.

By now your linguine should be al dente, drain and set aside for a moment.

Add the cooked chicken to the onions and peppers, add the drained linguine and pour the pre-made pesto over all of it and gently toss or stir to mix pesto evenly. Pour back into the serving bowl and top with the pine nuts.

Serve hot with a tossed salad and bread. This serves about 5 adults.

The best part is, Justin and Corinne clean up ;)

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