Saturday, December 3, 2011

Chicken Scampi

Chicken Scampi

1lb Chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup flour
1 box pasta of your choice
1 large tomato
2-3 broccoli crowns
1T minced garlic
1/4c olive oil plus enough to cover the bottom of a saute pan

To prep for making this dish you just need to wash your broccoli and chop it into bite size pieces.  While you're at the cutting board chop up your tomato as well, I usually discard the center portion with the majority of the seeds and liquid. Then add your flour to a plastic storage bag, or a medium sized bowl.  Add the chopped chicken and either shake it up (Shake and bake style) or stir if you opted for a bowl.

Cover the bottom of a saute pan with olive oil and turn your heat to medium high.  At the same time place a medium saucepan with a steamer basket on another burner with water filled to just below the basket.  Ok, just one more pan, I promise.  A large stockpot on medium high to boil your water for the pasta.  It seems like there is a lot going on here but it won't be hard to manage if you keep your head in the game.

Once, your saute pan is heated up a bit place your chicken into the pan, It is best to remove the chicken from bag or bowl either with your hand or a utensil as opposed to dumping all the excess flour into the pan.  Cook the chicken for about 7 minutes on each side or until it is cooked through.  How do you know when it's done?  It should be lightly browned and if you cut into the thickest chunk it shouldn't be pink at all.  Once the chicken is done, turn off the heat.

Once the water is boiling in your steamer pan, add the broccoli and cover.  Steam until it is at your desired tenderness.  I like mine a little al dente, so I go for about 8 minutes.

Also be on the lookout for your pasta water.  Add your pasta once this water boils and cook according to package directions.  I used whole grain spaghetti, which takes about 11 minutes.

The idea here is to have all everything going at the same time, however if you aren't comfortable with this much action, there is no shame in cooking everything separately if that helps you to focus better.

Once your pasta and broccoli are cooked to your liking those should be removed from the heat and drained.    Add 1/4c olive oil to the bottom of your large stockpot while your pasta is draining in your sink.  Heat the oil over medium heat and then add the garlic.  Stir for about a minute and then add in your chicken.  Next add the broccoli to the large pot.  Stir to coat with the oil.  Lastly you will add your pasta back in and toss everything together.

Once you dish it out, add your tomatoes on top and Parmesan cheese if you like (I do)  We usually always go for garlic bread with pasta also.  Enjoy!


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