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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Blackened Chicken Pasta Alfredo



2 - Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 - Red Bell Pepper
1 - Small Red Onion
1 lb - Penne Pasta
1/4 - tsp Blackening Seasoning
1/4 - tsp dried Thyme
1/4 - tsp dried Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper to taste
8 oz Alfredo Sauce
3 tbs Olive Oil
Parsley for garnish


This is one of those recipes I use when I need to put dinner together quick. So I get help from some store bought items. I start by cutting the red bell pepper and onion into strips and set aside. Cut the chicken breasts into cubes. I find that cutting the chicken breasts is a little easier if they are still slightly frozen. Add 3 tbs of olive oil to a skillet and heat, then add the chicken. Add your blackened seasoning ~ I used Zatarains Blackened Seasoning but you can certainly make your own. Recipe follows for blackened seasoning. Add the rest of the seasonings and saute chicken. In a large pot bring water to a boil to cook the pasta. Remember to salt your water for the pasta. When the chicken is nearly done add your vegetables to the skillet and saute. cook the vegetables while you boil the pasta. After you've drained your pasta add your Alfredo sauce to the pasta and combine. I used jar Alfredo Sauce for this recipe. Again you can certainly make your own but the jar was a time saver for a quick ready meal. Add the chicken and vegetables to the pasta and combine. This will give you a nice spicy Alfredo pasta dish. Garnish with Parsley. You can have this dish ready in 30 minutes. Quick, easy, good.

Blackened Seasoning:
2 tbs paprika, 1 tbs onion powder, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp dried thyme, 1/4 tsp dried basil, and 1/4 tsp dried oregano

Homemade Alfredo Sauce: 1 stick butter, 1 c Heavy Cream, 2 c grated Parmesan, salt & pepper

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