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 I planned to fix this for dinner the night of Valentine’s, but we decided to order pizza instead.  So, the meal got bumped to Wednesday.  It’s really pretty simple to put together, but the results are anything but simple.

Here’s the menu:

~baked chicken

~amatriciana sauce over angel hair pasta

 ~salad tossed with cracked pepper vinaigrette




preheat oven to 375 degrees ( I prefer to cook chicken at this temperature)

line a baking dish with foil

season boneless, skinless chicken breasts with poultry seasoning

place breasts, thick side down, in the pan

set pan in oven

Amatriciana Sauce


Once chicken is baking, you are ready to prepare the sauce.

heat a tbsp or so of olive oil in saucepan

cut 4 strips of bacon into pieces

chop about a 1/4 cup of onion-add to bacon in pan

mince 2 – 3 cloves of garlic

Add bacon to heated oil and saute, next add onions and then garlic

add 1 14.5 oz can of petite diced tomatoes to pan

pour 1 cup of red cooking wine into mixture

add a dash of sugar, cracked pepper and red pepper flakes

stir and set to simmer uncovered



Once the sauce is simmering, set water on stove to boil



while you’re waiting on the water to boil,  prepare your salad

toss together 1 can drained mandarin oranges, 4 oz. of crumbled feta cheese, lettuce ( I used bag of spring mix)  and abut 1/4 cup of cracked pepper vinaigrette ( I use a prepared dressing by Cookwell and Company)

set the salad to chill in the fridge

Back to Pasta

add your pasta to boiling water and cook according to directions

When the chicken is done, you can slice each breast to serve over pasta, if desired.


Until next time,


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