Spinach Tomato Chicken Pasta

I needed a meal that could be thrown together quickly, so I headed over to Google Reader to look at posted I had starred previously. I had all the ingredients to make this recipe so I gave it a shot.

I really liked how it turned out. It was very light and reminded me of summer. Hubby wasn’t crazy about it (probably because I left the cheese out)… But I really enjoyed eating it for lunches the next couple of days.

Spinach Tomato Chicken Pasta (from sweet-savory-southern)2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1/3 of a 16 oz box of fettuccine (most any pasta would work) – I used angel hair
1 1/2 cups baby spinach, washed
1 small tomato, cut into chunks
1/2 stick butter
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
extra virgin olive oil
Parmesan cheese – I left this out
salt and pepper

Begin boiling the water for the pasta. Add pasta to salted water and boil for about 8 min or until al dente. Drain the pasta and place in a bowl with spinach. (The heat from the pasta will wilt the spinach down a little.)

Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium/high heat with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Salt and pepper the chicken and add to the pan. Cook for about 10 min or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove the chicken from the skillet and add a couple more tablespoons of olive oil to the pan along with the butter.

When the butter is melted, add the chopped garlic. Saute for 2-3 min to cook the garlic. Pour garlic butter over the pasta and spinach and toss in the chicken and chopped tomato. Toss to combine all the ingredients. Add additional salt and pepper as needed. Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

*a squirt of lemon juice right before serving would be good on this, too

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8 Responses to “Cilantro Chicken Burgers”

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    Jenny — March 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I’m planning to make these tonight! They sound so good!

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    Momma Bean — March 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I love anything with cilantro in it! Thanks!

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    Brisbane Baker — March 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    WOW, what a great combo! I will definitely be trying these some time soon!

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    yumventures — March 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I love Cara’s blog too! These look delish, I love the drunken peppers too!

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    Cara — March 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, the drunken peppers sound like such a nice touch! These could easily evolve into Cuervo & Carona burgers – catchy, right?!

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    Suzi — March 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    These look really yummy! You mentioned tequila but it doesn’t appear in the recipe… I definitely want to try these, but I need to know how much tequila to use because, well, not having tequila is not a problem in my house, haha!

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    Jen — March 28, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Suzi,

    The original recipe from Cara’s blog uses Tequila. I didn’t have any in the house, so the recipe I posted is the adaptation that I made instead. Click here to see Cara’s original version.

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    aimeeher — April 1, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I was just wondering if it mattered what type of oatmeal we used in the recipe. Instant, slow cooking?

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