Crispy Skillet Chicken with Bruschetta Pasta

Crispy Skillet Chicken with Bruschetta Pasta
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A couple of weeks ago MyHandsomeHusband and I went grocery shopping together late, oh so very late at night.  Because grocery shopping very late at night with your special person is really romantic, in case you weren’t aware.  It had been a crazy chaotic week. The end of the school year could kill a person, am I right?  Big projects, events, activities…all lined up, back to back sure  to overwhelm students and parents alike. Anyhow I hadn’t been able to find two extra minutes to rub together and get myself to the grocery store and adequately stock my shelves. I was eager to shop at a store (Winco) that is about 25 minutes away from home. They have this awesome Bulk Food section where I buy all of my spices and seasonings for dirt cheap. I like dirt cheap. Dirt cheap spices go a long way in this wild house, I can tell you that. And further more, I was out of Chicken Bullion and only had 1 cup of sugar to my name which can cause a nutty food blogging person such as myself to pace the floor, fret and worry and wonder if the sun will come up in the morning.   Have I mentioned recently that I am sort of nuts. I am.

PS…they sell awesome nuts in bulk at Winco, too.

PPS…this is not a Winco commercial.

And so, my man…the handsome one I told you about a few sentences ago?  He said he’d drive me to the store and wander around with me and such.

You thought I was kidding about the romantic part.

I wasn’t.

He pushed my cart and put treats in it when I wasn’t looking, and some when I was.  He filled up little bags of  nutmeg, ginger and jamaican jerk (can’t wait to try out the jamaican jerk…anyone ever tried it?).  He loaded bags big bags of sugar into the back of my fire-red suburban and held my hand on the way home.

Late night grocery shopping with your sweetheart?

I highly recommend it.

Ok, dinner and a movie are good too. 🙂

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I found this big bunch of basil in the produce section at Winco. Isn’t it lovely? The smell of fresh basil is so divine, I think the streets of heaven might be lined with it. Truly, I do. I haven’t ever been successful at growing it in my garden so I am happy to know that you can buy it in big bunches at Winco. Maybe I will find myself there on a date night again sometime soon.

I used the basil to make this amazing Crispy Skillet Chicken with Bruschetta Pasta. The chicken is lightly coated in Italian Bread Crumbs and then cooked to a crispy perfection in a hot skillet. Fresh Tomatoes, basil, garlic and balsamic vinegar are sautéed and then tossed with pasta, more fresh basil, a dash of lemon and Parmesan cheese. Oh baby, it is darn good. It’s very fresh tasting and light and would make a wonderful spring/summer meal.

Find yourself some basil and let me show you how to make it. 🙂

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Let me show you how to make it happen…

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1. Pour 1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into a loaf pan and toss it all together with a fork to combine.

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2. Cut your chicken breasts into three equal sized strips and place them in a freezer safe gallon ziploc bag. Take a meat tenderizer (or the rim of an aluminum can will work as well) and pound the chicken out flat.

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3. Dredge the chicken in the Italian Bread Crumbs and then set each one aside on a plate.

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4. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil to the pan and allow it to get nice and hot. Carefully place the chicken pieces into the hot oil. I could only fit half of the chicken in my pan, and thus cooked the chicken in two batches.

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When  they are golden brown along the bottoms turn each piece over and allow it to cook on the other side. You may have to add just a bit more oil if the pan starts to get too dry.

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5. Boil some water and cook your bowtie pasta according to package directions. I cooked the whole package, but only used about half of it for the Bruschetta Pasta. Some of my kids prefer to eat it plain with butter and salt (lame, don’t-know-what-they-are-missing kind of nerds, aren’t they). When your pasta has cooked through, dump it into a strainer you have set in your sink.

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6. While the pasta and chicken cook pour 2 pints of grape tomatoes into a large mixing bowl.

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7. Chop 5-6  tablespoons of fresh basil. Set 3-4 tablespoons of the basil aside to add at the end. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of basil and 1 tablespoon of fresh garlic to the tomatoes.

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8. Add 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar to the bowl. Hit it with a bit of salt and pepper and stir it all up to combine.

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9. Heat another large skillet up over medium high heat. (If you only have one skillet, and have used it to cook the chicken be sure that you wash it before you cook the bruschetta. The chicken drippings will end up getting a bit burned if you leave them in the pan.)
10. Add 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil to the pan. Allow the oil to get hot and then add the bruschetta mixture. Let the tomatoes get nice and puffy and the garlic to cook through. Should only take about 5 minutes. Carefully press a spatula over the top of the tomatoes allowing some of the juice to flow from each one.

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10. Pour the pasta (I only used half of the box) into the cooked bruschetta.

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12. Add about 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice,

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1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and the rest of the fresh basil. Give everything a nice stir. Taste it and add more salt, pepper or basil to your liking.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Here’s the handy printable…

Crispy Skillet Chicken with Bruschetta Pasta

Total Time: 45 hours

Yield: 6-7 servings

Ingredients

CRISPY SKILLET CHICKEN:
4 chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
1 C Italian bread crumbs
1/4 t salt
3 T olive oil
BRUSCHETTA PASTA:
1/2 (16 ounce) box bowtie pasta
2 pints grape tomatoes
1 t balsamic vinegar
5 T fresh basil, chopped and divided
1 T fresh garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
1 t fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper
1 C Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

1. Pour 1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into a loaf pan and toss it all together with a fork to combine.
2. Cut your chicken breasts into three equal sized strips and place them in a freezer safe gallon ziploc bag. Take a meat tenderizer (or the rim of an aluminum can will work as well) and pound the chicken out flat.
3. Dredge the chicken in the Italian Bread Crumbs and then set each one aside on a plate.
4. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil to the pan and allow it to get nice and hot. Carefully place the chicken pieces into the hot oil. I could only fit half of the chicken in my pan, and thus cooked the chicken in two batches.
When they are golden brown along the bottoms turn each piece over and allow it to cook on the other side. You may have to add just a bit more oil if the pan starts to get too dry.
5. Boil some water and cook your bowtie pasta according to package directions. I cooked the whole package, but only used about half of it for the Bruschetta Pasta. Some of my kids prefer to eat it plain with butter and salt (lame, don't-know-what-they-are-missing kind of nerds, aren't they). When your pasta has cooked through, dump it into a strainer you have set in your sink.
6. While the pasta and chicken cook pour 2 pints of grape tomatoes into a large mixing bowl.
7. Chop 5-6 tablespoons of fresh basil. Set 3-4 tablespoons of the basil aside to add at the end. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of basil and 1 tablespoon of fresh garlic to the tomatoes.
8. Add 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar to the bowl. Hit it with a bit of salt and pepper and stir it all up to combine.
9. Heat another large skillet up over medium high heat. (If you only have one skillet, and have used it to cook the chicken be sure that you wash it before you cook the bruschetta. The chicken drippings will end up getting a bit burned if you leave them in the pan.)
10. Add 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil to the pan. Allow the oil to get hot and then add the bruschetta mixture. Let the tomatoes get nice and puffy and the garlic to cook through. Should only take about 5 minutes. Carefully press a spatula over the top of the tomatoes allowing some of the juice to flow from each one.
11. Pour the pasta (I only used half of the box) into the cooked bruschetta.
12. Add about 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice,1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and the rest of the fresh basil. Give everything a nice stir. Taste it and add more salt, pepper or basil to your liking.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
http://jamiecooksitup.net/2013/05/crispy-skillet-chicken-with-bruschetta-pasta/

Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

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Crispy Chicken and Bruschetta Pasta from Jamie Cooks It Up!



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32 Comments

  1. 1
    Robin B.
    May 29, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Next time you head to WinCo be sure to head on over across the parking lot to Culvers for some very divine frozen custard! The fries and fry sauce are amazing as well. But really, just some vanilla with hot fudge…amazing!!!!

  2. 2
    Jamie
    May 29, 2013 at 7:35 am

    If Jamaican Jerk is anything like Caribbean Jerk then it will be divine!

  3. 3
    Misty
    May 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I’m going to just do the crispy chicken, and maybe make one of your italian creme pasta dishes.

  4. 4
    Cindi
    May 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Wow…this recipe looks wonderful. I hope my Winco has basil that looks that great!

  5. 5
    May 29, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Such a romantic story! =)
    Love the recipe too!

  6. 6
    Madeleine
    May 29, 2013 at 11:26 am

    This looks amazing! Pan sauteed chicken and bruschetta anything are two of my all time favorites!

  7. 7
    May 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I’m going to make this chicken tonight! 🙂

    ((Hugs))
    Laura

  8. 8
    Robin
    May 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Since I am a spelling fanatic, I feel that I have to inform you that Winco is spelled with an “i”. But, I want you to know, that this does not diminish at all the high regard in which I hold you, your stories and especially your recipes and cooking ability. You’re still tops!

    • 9
      Jamie
      May 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Robin,
      Thanks for the spelling tip. 🙂
      ~Jamie

  9. 10
    May 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    We often have JUST the pasta portion of this meal, and sometimes I put cooked chicken in it… we like to eat pasta much lighter now that we’re OLD.

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    Erin R.
    May 29, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    DANG IT, that looks good! I might even get my picky toddler of a husband to eat this dinner though he, too, would surely go for the plain buttered noodles. (Lame-o.)

    And we love Winco, too. That bulk aisle is the true highlight, but I also love the special button to advance the conveyer belt when I’m bagging our groceries. I feel such power and control! I do all the regular grocery shopping but we do have our favorite stores we always like to go in together. You are 100% right about it being a close and romantic outing. Great post.

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    Sandy S.
    May 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    This looks terrific!!

  12. 13
    May 29, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Winco sounds like a place I would love, but have never heard of it, so guessing it’s no where around W. Central FL

  13. 14
    May 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    am hoping with your new site I will be able to post recipes to FB

  14. 15
    May 30, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Drooling – pinned!

  15. 16
    May 30, 2013 at 7:39 am

    This looks delicious! And I’m sure my family would love it! Pinning so I can add it to my menu!

    • 17
      February 8, 2014 at 6:27 am

      K- Next time just microwave the yam scrub, stab many times with a knife, put on a paper towel. I ulalsuy have to use the high setting for 9 minutes 2 or 3 times anyway before it’s ready. Once they are steamed the peel just falls off and when you scrape out the inside it is close to mashed . (Or maybe put a yam in the oven while you are baking dinner anyway ..) It will get easier . Janet

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    Kim
    May 30, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Ha! I thought I was the only one who likes to shop late with the husband! He’s learned that if he comes along he gets a lot more treats/snacks. Those pork chops sound great, can’t wait to try them.

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    Kim
    May 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I meant chicken, don’t know why I said pork chops! How embarrassing!

  18. 20
    louise
    May 30, 2013 at 10:11 am

    My pan fried chicken never looks that good. Unless I use an obscene about of oil my bread crumbs come off on parts of the chicken. Is that a special pan?

  19. 21
    May 31, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    This looks like something from a restaurant…my family will love it! Thanks for posting!

  20. 22
    May 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight using my first cutting of basil from my garden. It was delicious! My husband loved it! Definitely a keeper. I may bake the chicken next time just because I hate the messy stove from frying. The frying sure made the chicken taste wonderful!

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    lynn
    June 1, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Hi Jamie! Your recipes are awesome! We have a family of nine, so things are pretty busy and the recipes you post are a great time saver, I love that the ingredients are most of what I already have in the pantry and the photos of the process of putting it together are a great help. Have a great day! And thanks for the tasty meal ideas.

  22. 24
    Casey
    June 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I love the new look of your blog. Seems so welcoming and friendly. You have wonderful recipes that I use over and over.

  23. 25
    Niari
    June 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Jamie, I made this for our Sunday dinner but used what I had around the house. I didn’t have any fresh basil but dried and minced garlic and lemon juice and cut up tomatoes. It still turned out delicious. I love that this can be done with your recipes and they aren’t so .

  24. 26
    June 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    what a terrific meal…looks like a new family favorite to me!

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    Carrie P
    June 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Jamie! I’ve made this a few times now since you posted it. I absolutely love it! Thanks for the recipes. I love anything w/ fresh basil, YUM!!

  26. 28
    September 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I love the look of this meal. I’ll cook it soon. Thanks

  27. 29
    luke
    October 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    add fresh spinach & onions,makes it a little more healthy. your kids wont notice the vitamins!

  28. 30
    lauren
    November 5, 2013 at 7:41 am

    YUM!! I’m going to throw in some eggplant too. 😉

    • 31
      luke
      November 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      eggplant sounds great

  29. 32
    Pearl
    May 28, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Wow this looks so lush! I will be making this! Thanks for adding the pics too (helps as I’m from the UK) and when you said grape tomatoes… Not a clue… But I saw the pic and here they are called baby plum!! Yum yum! Thanks 🙂

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