Chicken Pasta Bake
This is a great dish for kids, but also adults who want to serve something kid friendly but have something they can also enjoy while on Weight Watchers or another healthy eating plan.
I created this dish for my 13 year old. Austin requested a baked pasta dish with chicken and spaghetti sauce, similar to the baked chicken pasta at Pizza Hut, but in a red sauce not white. I didn’t have any spaghetti sauce on hand but had canned tomato products in the pantry so I created this quickie spaghetti sauce. I divided the 13 X 9 inch pan into 6 servings for 8WWpts. These were really good size servings but you could have divided the dish into 8 servings and still had a nice size serving for 6 WW pts
Chicken Pasta Bake 8pts
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
14.5 oz. diced canned toamtoes, (1 can undrained)
8 ounces tomato sauce, (1 sm. can)
6 ounces tomato paste, (1 sm. can)
1 cup water
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoons dried basil
1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut in about 1 inch pieces
1 Tablespoon canola oil
8 oz penne pasta, dry, cook according to package directions
6 oz. mozzarella cheese, part skim milk
Spray bottom of Large sauce pan with cooking spray and saute onions and peppers till soft. Add to pan diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, oregano, basil, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Can also add a little garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for 30 minutes. Meanwhile bring cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside. Heat a medium skillet with oil. Cook chicken pieces in oil to lightly brown and cooked through. Preheat oven to 350. Combine cooked chicken, the cooked drained pasta sauce with the tomato sauce you have simmering on the stove. Spray a 13″ X 9″ baking dish with cooking spray. Fill casserole with your chicken pasta and sauce mixture. Heat 10 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and continue cooking till cheese is melted and everything is hot and bubbly about another 10 minutes. Serve hot with garlic bread and a salad or green beans.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 9.27g
Total Carbs: 43.92g
Dietary Fiber: 4.69g
Easy methods to Make the Pasta Sauce
Use a readymade sauce or make your individual with tomato sauce, fresh herbs and maybe some vegetables. The quickest technique to prepare dinner the greens for a sauce is to finely dice them and saute them in oil or butter. Zucchini, carrot, onion, garlic, broccoli, bell pepper and mushrooms all work well. Season the greens with salt, pepper and maybe some chili powder or Tabasco sauce in case you fancy a spicy kick.
Combine the sauce and the cooked vegetables, and then add the chicken and maybe some cream cheese or bitter cream and stir the mixture well. Once every part in the sauce is heat, it’s done. When the chicken pasta is cooked, drain it effectively and toss it with the sauce. You possibly can serve this scrumptious recipe to the family and rest assured that they’ll love it. Serve some grated cheese on the aspect to allow them to sprinkle it over the top.
Feel free so as to add different meat to this dish if you would like as a result of chicken is versatile enough to combine with various other elements corresponding to chopped ham, cooked bacon, and even slices of sausage.
In case you have some cooked beef to make use of up, you’ll be able to add that to the recipe as well. You won’t think that chicken would go together with beef but take into consideration pizzas the place these meats are often used together. The beauty of pasta recipes is that you may typically use up your meat and greens and the tasty sauce makes every little thing taste contemporary rather than .
Different Makes use of for Chicken
You should use the meat to make omelets or add it to a stir fry. You possibly can even make a baked chicken rice recipe by cooking some rice and transferring it to a glass dish with some cooked chicken and a sauce. Bake it until the rice is crispy across the edges and everything is sizzling and cooked through. Twenty minutes at 400 levels F is normally sufficient.
That is particularly good chicken bacon ranch pasta if you happen to grate some cheese over the top before putting the dish within the oven. Melted cheese toppings work properly with pasta and rice dishes and you’ll try mozzarella, cheddar, blue cheese or the rest you like.