I recently tried out a delicious recipe for Tuscan Chicken Spaghetti which I got from the site Twisted. The recipe gave me a great idea for a rich dinner, but I have a few suggestions and comments about the way to cook this great dish. It should be noted that I did not go by the video when I followed the recipe, only what was written. I would like to give you a feel of what it was like to make this recipe in my beautiful home kitchen. Below is the recipe from the site!
“What You’ll Need:
- 3 chicken breasts
- 8 rashers smoked, streaky bacon
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
- spaghetti, cooked, for two people
- 1 bag spinach
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup parmesan, grated
- a few basil leaves
How You Make It:
- Start by frying your chicken breasts in the oil over medium heat for 6 minutes each side. Season with salt and pepper as you go. Set aside.
- Add your bacon rashers to the same pan and fry until crisp. Remove.
- Add the garlic to the same pan, fry briefly, then add tomatoes. Cook down for 5 minutes before adding the spinach and cream. Cook until the spinach has mostly wilted.
- Re-introduce the chicken and bacon, then add the parmesan and basil. Finally add the pasta and a little reserved pasta water.
- Toss to coat, finish with a little more parmesan, then go mad!”
So, to begin, my family size is large, and this recipe lacks a serving size, number of people that it feeds, and how big the chicken breasts should be. When I began this recipe, I went ahead and began to boil water in a large pot for my pasta. Then, I measured about 2 tablespoons and a half of oil for my chicken breast, and (after rinsing the chicken) placed the chicken in a pan with the oil over medium heat. As the chicken was being cooked, I diced 2.5 tomatoes and put them aside for later. Since the chicken breasts that I was using were huge, after 6 minutes on each side, they were nowhere near cooked. So, I waited a few more minutes, turning them occasionally as I saw fit. They ended up having a nice slight brown on them, although I took the meat off before it was fully cooked in order to dice and finish cooking later. I placed the chicken on a plate while I readied the bacon.
I placed the bacon in the same pan as I used for the chicken, cooking it until crisp. I used about 6 pieces. While the bacon was cooking, I put an 8-serving box of bowtie pasta in the boiling water with a dash of salt, and timed it 11 minutes as per the box instructions. In between stirring and flipping the bacon occasionally, I chopped the spinach because unless vegetables are cut into small pieces, it is difficult for them to be eaten, if you know what I mean. I also began to dice the chicken. Once the bacon was crispy, I took it off and placed the savory meat on a plate with a paper towel underneath to soak up some of the oil dripping off of it. I placed some garlic into the pan and let it fry for a little to get the flavor in, and then took it out after the garlic was browned (still leaving the pan at medium heat).
I then placed the diced tomatoes into the pan that the bacon was in, and timed it 5 minutes. While the tomatoes were sizzling, I drained most of the water from the pasta into the sink (keeping a small amount as per the recipe asked for). Then, I set aside the pasta and got out another pan for frying the diced chicken. I put a little splash of oil on the pan and continued to cook the chicken on medium heat until it was all white. I dashed more salt and pepper on the dices as well. I also chopped the bacon into small pieces. In between batches of cooked chicken, I added the spinach and most of a pint of heavy cream to the tomatoes (after 5 minutes, as you might recall), as well as the cooked chicken and bacon.
Lastly, I put the parmesan cheese in the pan and voila! The dinner was ready. Note that I forgot to put in the basil: If I had, I would have stirred some fresh pieces in, but as my family prefers more bland food, I did not (to reduce strong flavor).
I do strongly recommend this recipe, as everyone in my house loved it and asked for more!