Yes, I know it’s a Monday. Yes, I know this blog is called Try It Tuesday. However, tomorrow’s schedule just isn’t conducive to cooking or blogging, so today’s the day. Now, on to Try It Monday!
As I planned out this week’s dinner menus, I was torn between pasta and tacos. Then I remembered a video for Mexican Chicken Pasta that I had seen on Facebook. It seemed like the perfect solution – and the perfect recipe for Try It Tuesday.
As is my habit, I tweaked the recipe a bit. The original recipe and video can be found here, but my changes seem significant enough that this time I’ll type out my version below.
12 ounces pasta (I used angel hair, but just about any pasta would work), cooked according to package directions
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound chicken, cut into cubes
Salt and pepper to taste
½ large onion, sliced
2 bell peppers, any color, sliced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 can (8 ounce) tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup chicken broth
¾ cup half & half
1 cup shredded cheese, cheddar or Mexican blend, plus more for serving
Fresh cilantro, to taste
In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook for six minutes. Add the onion and bell peppers and cook for four minutes longer. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Pour in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, broth, half & half, and cheese. Stir, reduce heat to low, and then add the spaghetti, tossing until coated. Cover and allow to simmer for five minutes, stirring regularly. Serve hot, topped with shredded cheese and chopped cilantro.
My mother-in-law said this was her favorite pasta I’ve made since I’ve been at their house, and I have to say I enjoyed this dish as well. It was a nice change of pace from more traditional pasta or Mexican meals. I particularly liked the way the fresh taste of the cilantro cut through the creamy sauce and perked up the hints of tomato. I feel like the sauce was missing something, although I’m not sure what. I did enjoy the simplicity of flavors, but I think I was just expecting more of them.
And Vincent? Well, I did have to bribe him with corn bread muffins (which complemented this dish quite well). However, he seemed willing enough to eat the pasta if there weren’t any peppers in the bites I offered. Hey! I’ll take what I can get.
Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think!