Friday, 15 September 2017

Recipe- Garlic, Basil Chicken with Tomato Butter Sauce



Garlic Basil Chicken with Tomato Butter Sauce? This real food recipe only requires 7 simple ingredients: chicken, pasta, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, basil, butter. SO good.

And may I introduce you to what may be my new favorite way to eat chicken? It’s that beauty right up there, the one coated in the buttery garden-fresh tomato sauce featuring a few leaves of summertime basil & the aroma of freshly minced garlic. Yes, THAT is how I eat chicken.

One of my biggest pet peeves is food waste, I know I've mentioned this in a previous recipe post, but it really does get up my goat! MR.B is the worst for it & it drives me insane! This dish was made using leftover ingredients from my fridge & cupboard. I wasn't really too sure what I was doing when I was making this, I kinda just made it up as I went along, & it didn't turn out too shabby! 

It's super quick & easy to make just like the rest of the recipes I post, I mean, who has time nowadays to be spending hours in the kitchen? I certainly don't! 
This meal took just 10 mins prep time & about 20-25 mins cooking time. 

Ingredients- Serves 4

  • 1x lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • ¼x Cup Olive Oil
  • 5-6x Roma Tomatoes, diced
  • 3x Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1x Handful Fresh Basil, loosely packed, cut into ribbons
  • ¼x Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 8 ounces Spaghetti Pasta

Method

  1. Cover the chicken with plastic wrap & pound each piece to an even thickness, about one inch or so in the thickest parts (this just helps it cook faster & more evenly). Remove the plastic & sprinkle each piece of chicken generously with sea salt & freshly ground pepper.
  2. Prep the tomatoes, garlic, & basil & set aside. Make the pasta according to package directions.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet until a drop of water sizzles across the top. Add the chicken & pan-fry for several minutes on each side - the goal here is to get the chicken cooked AND get a nice browning on the outside. When the chicken is done, set aside.
  4. Give the oil a few minutes to cool, add the tomatoes, & return to heat (if you add the tomatoes to the hot oil it will be a splatter-fest). Simmer to cook the tomatoes down into a chunky-sauce-like-mixture. Add the garlic & butter & stir to combine until the butter is melted. Add the chicken back in to soak in the sauce for a few minutes.
  5. Just before serving, stir in the basil. Top servings of pasta with the chicken and the sauce.



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