Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Meet me in the church parking lot for some chicken...

Have I told you about our 40 pounds of chicken?  In a snow storm in January we picked up 80 pounds of chicken out of the back of a truck in a church parking lot.  Sounds shady right?  Zaycon Foods sells large packages of fresh meat and other food items wholesale.  Our pickup location is a local church.  We got giant chicken breasts for a great price.  If you want to check them out – here’s a link. https://zayconfoods.com/refer/zf300985  Oh and the 80 pounds?  My family got in on the deal so we were the mule for the purchase.
So… what do you do with 40 pounds of chicken?  Anything you can think of.  I’m a huge fan of casseroles and dishes I can make at night when my girlie is in bed so I can just pop it in the oven when I get home from work the following day.   This means I get more time with her and still an easy dinner.  This Penne Bake was really easy and I think pretty healthy.   Although, Bronwyn declared the spinach “acky” so, more “noo-noo” for her.

Chicken Penne Bake1 (16 oz) box regular or whole wheat penne pasta
2 chicken breasts
6 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 (24 oz) jar pasta sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a small baking dish, and bake the chicken 25-30 minutes or until it is no longer pink in the center. Cut into bite-sized pieces, and then shred using a fork.
At the same time, cook the pasta according to package directions.
When finished cooking the pasta, add the spinach into the hot water with the pasta and stir just until the spinach wilts. Pour the pasta and spinach into a colander to strain.
Pour the sauce into a large pot, and add the spices. Simmer over low-medium heat. Add in the shredded chicken and stir until well-combined.
In a large bowl, combine the chicken and pasta mixtures with half the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
Pour into a greased 9×13″ baking dish, and sprinkle with the other halves of the cheeses.
Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.

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