Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Greek Chicken Penne and Garden Patch Bread

That's what we had for dinner tonight. I made the bread in my bread machine, and it was smelling so good before it even started baking. The great thing about both of these recipes is that my kids are eating vegetables, and they don't even know it!
Greek Chicken Penne

2-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 jars (7-1/2 oz. each) marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ppepper

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the chicken, onion, and garlic in oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in the artichokes, tomato, cheese, parsley, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper. Heat through.
Drain pasta. Toss with chicken mixture.

Garden Patch Bread
(Bread machine recipe for 1-1/2 lb. loaf)

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup coarsely shredded carrots
1/3 cup tomato juice
2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped red pepper
1 Tbsp. margarine
3 cups bread flour
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dried basil, crushed
1 tsp. active dry yeast

Add ingredients to machine according to manufacturer's directions. Select the basic white bread cycle. For my machine, I add wet ingredients, then dry ingredients, then make a well in middle of dry ingredients and add yeast to that. I also selected the light crust option.

Serve this with a tossed salad, and you have a complete meal!

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