Restaurant inspired Asian chicken and spinach penne
I have been thinking of cute or catchy tittles for this recipe for days now…”Go either way pasta” No that’s sounds weird. I know how about “two tastes that taste great together”? Wait I think that’s been used before. “Surprise chicken spinach penne”? Ok this is getting lame already. Whatever you want to call this dish it is generally a crowd pleaser. It was inspired by a local restaurant’s signature dish. Knowing the owner, it was, going to be a difficult recipe to get my hands on. So I improvised. The recipe that follows is the result of that attempt. It is only my second attempt and i admit it really is a work in progress. That being said it came out pretty darn good both times.
A few things I did wrong. 1. Don’t be a dork and marinate you’re chicken early so all the moister is drawn out. 2. Pay no mind to that thinly sliced procucitto, (photo only) it was a bad idea. There was already going to be plenty of salt in this meal.
So if you’re feeling undecided about what kind of food you want to have for dinner, perhaps you could go either way Chinese or Italian. Why not go both ways and meet in the middle with a fusion dish that is surprising fun to cook and even more fun to eat!
.One box penne
.One Lb. Chicken breast cut into peices.
.One table spoon olive oil
.One box frozen spinach
.2 cloves garlic chopped or diced
.3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
.3 tablespoons flour
.2 cups half and half
. One cup grated pecorino cheese
. One cup teriyaki sauce
.1/4 cup of chicken stalk
Heat oil in skillet and cook chicken till brown, then add spinach and the ¼ cup of chicken stalk cook about 5 minute on medium and set aside. At the same time boil your pasta and drain set aside.
In a medium sauce pan melt butter and garlic over medium heat and add flour and whisk for up to 2 minutes. Then slow whisk in the half & half and slowly bring to a boil constantly stirring. It will get thick in about 5 minutes. Now it’s time for the teriyaki sauce and the pecorino cheese to be whisked in.
Once smooth add all ingredients to the big pot. Pasta, sauce, spinach, and cook together for a minute or until it’s all sticking together. Serve garnished with a little fresh parsley. Enjoy! And as always have Fun!!
Posted on April 24, 2012, in New Dad Survival Guide, Recipes and tagged Chicken penne, chicken tonight, Cooking for the stay at home dad, food, Good meals, humor, Learn to cook, new father, new parents, recipes, stay at home dad, whats for dinner. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.