Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Balsamic Chicken Pasta

I have told you before my love for balsamic vinegar, so when I found this recipe I knew I had to try it out. I was a bit worried, because my family is used to creamy sauces, but they loved it.   It was a nice, light change.  It is good warm or cold.  Great for a hot summer day.  I have created two serving options.
Balsamic Chicken Pasta
Adapted from Taste of Home
1 pound bow tie pasta
4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast ( I grilled mine.)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, cut into small  pieces
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil or 3 teaspoons fresh (more if you like)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
*Optional: fresh sliced mushrooms and shredded mozzarella cheese
Whisk the oil, basil, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.  Transfer to a large bowl. Add the chicken, tomatoes, onion, bacon and mozzarella pieces.
* If desired saute mushrooms and onions in a tad bit of olive oil until they are softened.  Add to pasta mixture. 
Drizzle dressing over pasta mixture and toss to coat.  Add the parmesan cheese and mix in.  It is now ready to serve Option 1.













Option 2:  Pour it into a casserole dish.  Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese and broil just until the cheese is melted. 
Serve!!  Makes for great leftovers!!
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~Tiffanee

7 comments:

  1. Love the flavors in this one! Looks like a great weeknight dinner.

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  2. i absolutely love both renditions! sounds like a solid recipe!

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  3. I like balsamic vinegar, also. I think this looks so good and grilling the chicken would give an added flavor.

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  4. Wow, I love the list of ingredients and I'll bet it all tastes wonderful together. I think I'll try it with cheese melted over the top. Yum!

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  5. Definitley my kind of chicken. Thanks

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