Put It Away
Parmesan Chicken Pasta
I also put my canner on the stove half full of water. I cooked about 4 pounds of pasta, drained it, and then put it in 2 large and 1 small disposable aluminum pans.
I then sprinkled Parmesan cheese over each pan of pasta. I then added traditional spaghetti sauce, 2 very large spoonfuls of sour cream (probably 2 cups worth), salt, and pepper, then added the chicken to each pan (probably 5 cups).
I stirred it all together, added some of the chicken broth on top.
Then covered each one with foil. I gave two away and have one in the fridge.
To make a smaller amount use the recipe below, but modify it and add more spaghetti sauce. I use different kinds of pasta, too, to give it variety.
For directions: On how to cook pasta
Tammy's Chicken Spaghetti
- 1 pound chicken, cut into bite size pieces.
- 1 T diced dehydrated onion
- 2 t minced garlic (more or less to taste)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup Ragu® Traditional
- 1 pkg Sazon Goya (Orange is best, but you can try others...)
Add all the above with two cups of water and cook. When the chicken is done, add:
Grated Parmesan cheese (the cheap stuff in the bottle) to taste
- 1 cup fat free sour cream
- 1 small can (4 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies peppers
Cook spaghetti while cooking meat.
- 1 (16 ounce) package of Spaghetti
When spaghetti cooked mix together in dish.
This chicken is succulent (plus this is really easy).
EASY GRILLED CHICKEN
Put the chicken pieces (a bag of thighs or legs or breasts) in a big bowl and add
2 large spoons of mayonnaise (not the fake stuff) and
2 T of Lawry’s Perfect Blend Seasoning and Rub for Chicken/Poultry.
Use your hands and coat the legs with the mayonnaise and seasoning, rubbing and spreading the seasoning and mayo over each piece.
What happens is the mayonnaise acts as a shield and keeps the juices inside the meat. It seals the chicken and browns so nicely. It also allows the seasoning to stay on the chicken and helps it to be spread evenly.
You cannot even taste the mayo, or even tell it was used. The chicken just tastes fantastic and is not dry at all.
We had rolls so they made sandwiches. We use Spanish Cream instead of mayonnaise. You can also have cut up onion, radishes, cabbage, pickled beets, avocado slices, fresh cheese chunks, hard boiled egg slices, etc. Since the bread is known as Bolillos. The sandwich is also known as Bolillos. The Spanish people in El Salvador eat these at Christmas. They use the Spanish Turkey recipe which is how I had cooked the chicken.
I made chicken yesterday. It was thighs that were frozen. I put them (frozen) in a pan with some water, dehydrated onion, powdered garlic, 2 pkgs of Goya seasoning, salt, and pepper. I put a lid on and just let them cook until the water was mostly cooked off. I left some for broth to put on the rice.
I also made chicken today and Spanish rice. Both came out really well. For the chicken, I took a bag of frozen legs and put them on to boil in about 2 inches of water with some
dehydrated onion (about 2 Tablespoons),
powdered garlic (2 teaspoons),
2 packages of Sazon Goya con Culantro y Achiote (Coriander and Annatto), and
some salt and pepper.I did not add any Traditional Ragu this time and no bell pepper. It was different than I normally do it, but it was excellent. I guess I need to come up with a name for it.
I did not cook off the water, so there was a broth that I put on the rice when I served it…extra yummy.
One afternoon, a cousin, who is a chef, made Chicken Alfredo. After everyone had eaten, I realized there were plenty of noodles and Alfredo sauce left over.
I then remembered that I had left-over Chicken fajitas. We heated up the Fajitas, added them to the Alfredo sauce, which we then added to the noodles and stirred it all together. There was enough to send dinner to two different families. Always a nice thing.
The interesting thing, is we decided we actually liked the taste of the Chicken Fajita chicken better than the original Chicken Alfredo. Very fascinating to a cook.
I tell new cooks; don’t be afraid to try different things. I take leftovers all the time and try to change them somehow so my family feels as though they are eating something new.
For example, I went to a friend’s home yesterday, to help with something and decided to start dinner for her. She had some frozen chicken breasts. I took them out of the freezer and put them under hot water until I was able to take the plastic wrap and foam off.
Then I put the whole frozen chunk of stuck together chicken breasts in a frying pan, added 3-4 cups of water, and put it on to boil. The chunk stuck to the side until it cooked some, then slowly I was able to break it apart, have all the chicken inside the pan, and then put a lid on it to cook even faster.
As she doesn’t have the same spices as me, I had to improvise. I found some onion powder which I added, plus salt and pepper. When the chicken pieces were finally all separated (but not completely cooked. I pulled them out one by one to the cutting board and cut them into bite-size pieces. (Meat is easier to cut when partially frozen).
Once the meat was done and had cooked enough to soften it, I added some spaghetti sauce (to the water which I had used to cook it-keep about ½ to 1 inch of water in the bottom).
By this time my friend had come home and with her, we added some fresh minced garlic and some salsa. Basic Spanish flavorings.
I told her there was enough chicken there to compliment two meals (see my article on using meat sparingly). That she could use part of the chicken with pasta. She could make it into Chicken Spaghetti (by adding more spaghetti sauce) or Chicken Alfredo by adding Parmesan cheese and some whipping cream to the sauce.
Or she could add 2 cans of diced or sliced potatoes, a can of sliced carrots, and a can of corn, and a can of diced tomatoes with peppers if you wanted it spicier.
You could add water and more Ragu or V-8 juice, celery pieces, a can or corn, a can of diced tomatoes with chili peppers to turn it into tortilla soup.
Just be creative, add a little, taste it, add a little more of something, and keep trying. Leftovers can always be changed a little to make them different and to break the monotony. Just experiment!