Friday, February 28, 2014

Time to Food Travel - Tuscan Italian Chicken

We have been traversing the globe with all this food traveling!
Passport stamps from all over! :)  Pretty cheap, right?
I decided to "travel" back one more time to Italy for some Tuscan sun and some Tuscan Italian Chicken.

This last TTFT (Time to Food Travel) inspired recipe is so fresh and delicious!
Thanks Tastes Better From Scratch for sharing!

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 Tbsp olive oil
¾ cup flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon onion powder

For the sauce: 
1 chopped red peppe
1 Tbsp minced garlic
½ cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp flour
½ cup half and half + 2 tsp corn starch
1 cup milk
2 cups fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
¼ tsp garlic salt
Dash of salt and white pepper
1 pound fettuccine noodles

Cook fettuccine noodles according to package instructions.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  (If chicken breasts are very thick, pound them to be thinner or cut them in half horizontally).

In a large bowl whisk together 3/4 cup flour, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, dried basil, oregano, and onion powder. Dip chicken breasts into bowl and flip to coat completely.

Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When oil is hot, add chicken to the pan. Brown chicken on both sides (1-2 minutes on each side). Place chicken in a shallow dish and bake for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.

While chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. Saute diced bell pepper over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes longer.  Remove garlic and onion to a plate and set aside. Add 2 Tbsp oil to the warm saute pan. Add flour and whisk into oil. Add chicken broth and whisk until smooth. Bring sauce to a boil.
In a small bowl combine the half and half and cornstarch and whisk until dissolved. Add to boiling sauce. Reduce heat to a simmer. Stir in 1 cup of milk and fresh spinach. Add reserved bell peppers and garlic, parmesan cheese, garlic salt, salt and white pepper. Simmer until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally.

Place a serving of fettuccine noodles on a plate, place chicken breast on top and top with sauce.

If you are trying to escape the winter and want to go someplace else (me), but can't afford to (me) and can't take off time to travel someplace else (me)...then travel into your kitchen and ESCAPE!  Let your meals transport you elsewhere!!!  It's all a state of mind! :)  Maybe close those curtains so you can't see all that snow!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet!


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