I’m a Mother, that’s busy with two young kids, two dogs and a work-at-home-husband. At the end of a long day, all I want is to feed my family a meal that is quick and nutritious. Serving a hot and/or cooked meal that doesn’t come from a box is an added bonus. So, when I was asked to show you what I can do in the kitchen with Maple Leaf Prize Fully Cooked Chicken Strips, I knew that I had to pull out all the stops.
I could have taken the easy way out and just added their chicken strips to a pizza or salad. Which would have been fine and tasty but I wasn’t going for fine. Or, burn things so badly (the one and only time that I BBQd) so that no one would want me to cook again (similar to the red sock in the white wash). But no, I had high hopes for tonights dinner. The term “Go Big or Go Home” kept coming to mind. So, I cooked. Unfortunately, it was a success. It was a huge success.
Why do I say unfortunately? Tonight’s dinner tasted so great that The Kids want to eat it every day. Which isn’t surprising because everyone is a huge fan of pasta and chicken. The reason why I will do it again is because for once, dinner was hot and on the table in less than 15 minutes. I would have taken pictures of smiling and dirty faces but it all happened so fast. What had everyone so happy? A little something that I call…
Chicken Penne in Rose Sauce with Vegetables and Goats Cheese.
Bet you can’t guess what’s in it.
- 200g Maple Leaf Prime Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Strips -- Sweet Thai Chili (Cut in half lengthwise)
- 300g Pasta
- 1 cup Broccoli (Diced - small)
- 1 cup Red Pepper (Diced - small)
- 2 plum Tomatoes (Diced - small)
- 1.5 cups Pasta Sauce (Flavoured or Spiced)
- 2 Tbsp Crushed Garlic
- 100 g Goats Cheese (Sliced)
- Cook the Pasta the way you like it (10 minutes from start to finish)
- At the same time, turn on the element to medium and put the pasta sauce and vegetables into a pot. Heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the Chicken Strips and Goats Cheese. Stir for a few more minutes.
- Strain the pasta. Rinse under cold water (briefly). Add a dollop of olive oil.
- Pour the pasta sauce over the pasta and serve.
The Sweet Thai Chili sauce that came on the chicken was a bit spicy. I'd compare it to a Medium Salsa. The Kids are used to spicy foods so it didn't bother them much but I can imagine some kids wouldn't like it.
I also forgot to add any spices! You couldn't tell because the Sweet Thai Chili came with it's own great taste. Had I remembered, I would have added crushed garlic because, well, I add garlic to everything.
In case you didn't realize it, these chicken strips were purchased fully cooked! That saved a lot of time and stress for me.
This is the first time that I've ever written down a recipe so keep that in mind 🙂
The original recipe is courtesy of Cathy’s Mother in Law. However, when it came time to cook, I couldn’t find the recipe so I figured I’d wing it. I mean, we all know how good I am at substituting ingredients. The best part is that I “hid” three vegetables in the sauce and served it with garlic bread (another first) so that The Kids could soak up every last morsel. I love that the product is has NO added preservatives and all natural ingredients including honey and cane sugar. And, it comes in a variety of flavours; Italian Style, Sweet Thai, and Plain (as well as in Turkey). The sad part is that there aren’t any leftovers.
I will definitely be making this meal again. In fact, now that I have my feet wet, I think that I’ll try a #Dinnerin15 recipe from the Appehtite website like this Chicken Ceasar Pizza seeing as I have tortillas on hand. What’s the worst that can happen? A blog post perhaps.
Have a #Dinnerin15 Recipe of Your Own?
Disclosure: Journeys of The Zoo received compensation in exchange for sharing our dinner recipe with you.