Happy Sabroso (Tasty) Saturday everyone!
(Sabroso Saturday was created by Ms. Latina as a blog hop where everyone can join in on the fun and bloggers can post their favorite recipes on the web.)
This past week, my husband and I got in the kitchen (yes, we cook together sometimes without killing each other!;)) trying to decide what to cook for dinner. I tend to cook the same thing over and over; rice, beans and meat or fish but sometimes it can get tiresome and boring, just ask my husband.
The easiest meal to cook, in my opinion, is pasta. It’s quick, easy, filling and it costs very little to make. But the only problem is that I have to be in the mood to eat pasta because I’m not really a “pasta person.” On the other hand, my kids are. They LOVE pasta. I’m more of a “rice person.” During those days when I’m not in the mood for pasta, I usually just eat a sandwich or soup. It works for me.
Good thing I was craving pasta, thanks to my womanly hormones. So hubby suggested that we take 3 chicken breasts, cut them up in small to medium pieces and saute them in 2 tablespoons of sofrito and olive oil.
Before we added anything else, I came up with the name Latina-Style 5-Ingredient Pasta & Chicken. It really is 5 ingredients: (1) chicken, (2) pasta, (3) can of crushed tomatoes, (4) sofrito and any (5) seasonings you like. Ok, so it’s actually four ingredients if you want to get technical but I think seasonings plays a big part in this dish. 😉
While the chicken cooked, we added our favorite seasonings (we add a little bit of everything; sazon, adobo, bay leaves,cilantro leaves, oregano, onion and garlic powder, black pepper, cumin & a packet of ham flavoring). Cover the pot and leave it cooking on medium heat for 20-30 minutes.
Remember, the longer you cook chicken, the more tender it gets. While the chicken is cooking, cook the pasta just like it says so in the back of the box (we used medium-size shells). When the chicken is tender, add a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes with Basil (we use Tuttorosso brand) and cook for 15 minutes so that the flavors can incorporate.
Now wasn’t that easy? 😉
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