Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Quick and Easy Chicken Marinara

This easy and quick recipe was born out of necessity. We had a dinner mishap. The fish that was supposed to be dinner was left out in the car trunk by mom. so we needed a quick fix. I had marinara sauce simmering on the stove already and chicken breast waiting to be prepped for future meals. So we put them together and voila, this tasty meal was ready to serve in no time at all.

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • 1lb of whole wheat rotini or ziti
  • 6-8 cups of Lizabetti's Marinara Sauce at room temperature or warm
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • grated Parmesan or Romano
  • freshly minced parsley or basil


  1. Mix the garlic, onion powder, paprika and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Add the chicken breast and coat it thoroughly with the mix.
  3. Drizzle about 2 tbsp of olive oil making sure the chicken breast are well coated. Marinade for a minimum of an hour. It can be left overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Using an electric grill, turn it to medium high and grill the chicken until the juices run clear. It should take about 10 minutes per side and will depend on the thickness of the chicken breast.
  5. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Its best to leave the pasta al dente since there will be additional simmer time.
  6. Let the chicken cool and thinly slice the chicken.
  7. On the stove, turn the heat to medium/high and add about 1 tbsp of olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add the chicken and give it a quick saute.
  8. Add the pasta and give it a quick saute as well.
  9. If you like your pasta on the garlicky side, add an extra 2 tsp of minced garlic and saute with the chicken and pasta until just fragrant. Turn down the heat to low.
  10. Add the marinara sauce and mix everything together. Let it warm to a simmer and toss some grated cheese and its ready to serve.
  11. You can also toss a handful of chopped freshly parsley or basil (optional), but definitely delicious.

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