Surely there can be a shorter name for this dish...
Back to my Pinterest menu challenge. You can catch the other recipes and posts I've done already here and here. This is one of the first recipes I remember pinning, and here I am finally making it: Crispy Chicken with Creamy Italian Sauce and Bowtie Pasta.
It was a little more involved that the others (and than I was expecting), but it was still very doable by someone who's not a pro in the kitchen. First of all, the chicken is fried; I had assumed it was baked. That intimidated me a little because I have the tendency to burn the outside of things I fry, and often the inside remains uncooked--with chicken, that just wouldn't be acceptable. Surprisingly enough, everything turned out perfect! Just follow her instructions and you'll be just fine.
*Notes: I cooked extra pasta than the recipe calls for (after the fact). I chose to mix the sauce and pasta together before serving, and the ratio was far too high on the sauce--even if they were served separately, the recipe produced a whole lot of sauce for only 12 oz of noodles. I added another 6 oz and it was still a little heavy on the sauce for my liking (especially since it's so creamy). So next time I make this, I will either double the amount of pasta or cut the sauce mixture in half.
*The pasta and sauce was super quick and easy to make and could easily be served without the chicken (the meat and frying was the involved part...). However, they compliment each other nicely, and the salty/crispy of the chicken balances the creamy richness of the sauce.
*The chicken is pretty irresistible when it's hot--I had to make myself stop munching on it! Reheated, it loses its crunch. It's still pretty tasty, but the crunch adds another level to it. For that reason, this meal is better served right after cooking it.
|Mine, Bella's plate. Her plating skills are better, but at least they looked similar!|
Again, in normal circumstances, I would pair this with some veggies (the thought of asparagus with it sounds delish) and possibly a bread of sorts...but with Hunter's schedule and my having to have "dinner" cooked in the middle of the afternoon, I'm lucky to have anything made on time. Plus, it has to be made by mid-afternoon but won't be eaten by either of us until 3-8 hours later... I'm so ready to be back to a normal routine!
And very importantly again...
the wee one says "yum!"
Crispy Chicken with Creamy Italian Sauce
and Bowtie Pasta