Recipe: Penne con Pollo

Good Morning and Happy Monday everyone! Sorry for this morning's late post - it's been a busy day already! Did you all have a fantastic weekend? Get the rest of your holiday shopping done and out of the way? I hope you did! I finished shopping on Saturday and spent part of Sunday night in a wrapping frenzy. When I was all done though (just with gifts for people at work), here was the finished product:

Don't you just love those green bows? I know, so do I! If you want the tutorial, you can head over here to see it. I found it on Pinterest after a day of obsessively pinning every bow tutorial that I could find. I also made a deliciously (and decidedly unhealthy) recipe last night that I wanted to share with you! When I was younger, my brother and I had a nanny who had previously been married to an Italian man and whose former mother-in-law had taught her a bunch of recipes. This one, her Penne con Pollo, quickly became my favorite and, while not the best dish for you, it is certainly one of the best tasting dishes you can find. It's quick, easy and inexpensive to make! (Note: Most of this recipe is not exact, but bear with me and you'll be able to follow along - I promise!)

First, boil water for your pasta. The recipe calls for penne pasta, but really, any pasta will do the trick. Then, wash and dry your chicken and cut into small chunks. Using breadcrumbs, lightly bread the chicken. Then, place the chicken in a pan with a little bit of olive oil to saute over medium high heat.

Then, add your pasta to your boiling water.

After the chicken has sauted for about 4 minutes, flip the chicken over to brown the other side.

While the pasta is finishing and the chicken is saute-ing, it's time to make the sauce - the most important part of this delicious dish! First, place a 1/3 stick of butter into a small saucepan.

Then, pour vegetable oil into the pan until it just coats the bottom of the butter.

Turn on the heat to medium and let the butter slowly melt into the oil. Using a spoon, you can stir the butter as it melts.

As soon as the butter is melted, and you have to do this quickly so be prepared, remove the pan from the heat and add garlic powder to taste. Just a few pinches if garlic isn't so much your thing or a couple really big pinches if you love garlic like I do. Stir it in and let it sit for just a moment.

Then, quickly, drain the pasta and add it to the pan with the chicken. Stir together and add the garlic butter sauce directly into the pan as well. Finally, give it one last stir to mix it up and you're ready to serve!

Feel free to grab some crusty bread and good glass of white wine and enjoy this delicious meal! Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

PS. I linked up to Chef in Training and Remodelaholic!



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