Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Grilled Herb Chicken with Creamy Tomato Pasta

I got this pasta recipe years ago from a friend and immediately fell in love with it's creamy texture and rich flavor. Sometime later I was watching Oprah and Rachel Ray was doing a Valentine's Day cooking segment. She promised that her pasta recipe was so irresistible that it was guaranteed to help you land a guy. Her recipe was almost identical to this, minus the vodka (which could play a part in the whole "landing a guy" deal :) and a few small details. It really is that amazing! This grilled chicken recipe is one I came across more recently and not only does it make the dish a little more hearty, but the fresh herbs compliment it perfectly. So give it a try this Valentine's Day, I can't guarantee it will help you find your prince charming, but I can guarantee it will be delicious and make whoever you are serving it to very happy!

For the chicken:

2 Tbs chopped parsley
2 tsp chopped rosemary
2 tsp chopped thyme
1 tsp dried sage
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts

In a blender combine the parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, garlic, oil, vinegar and salt and pepper. Blend together then place chicken in a large Ziploc bag and marinate at least 2 hours or up to 48 hours. Preheat grill to medium high heat or set oven to broil. Remove chicken from dish and grill or broil for about 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside.

For the pasta:

2 cans (14.5 oz each) Italian diced tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs olive oil
1 cup whipping cream
2 Tbs tomato paste
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped (plus extra to garnish)
Salt and pepper to taste
parmesan cheese, to garnish

Puree diced tomatoes in blender. Sauté garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes to pan. Add whipping cream, tomato paste, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30-35 minutes. Serve over cooked fettuccini noodles with sliced grilled chicken, garnish with chopped parsley and freshly grated parmesan.

Source| Pasta- Amber (it was so long ago, I can't remember her last name!), Chicken-


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