Monday, May 12, 2008

Diva Pasta

I'm a big fan of the website so I tend to try alot of stuff on that site. I love it because it is made up of all these recipes that are others tried and true favorites. I like that you can save everything in your own recipe box and that you can give recipes ratings, reviews and post your own photos of them. I decided to try this one mainly because I thought it sounded good and got excellent reviews and another chic made it up so it just seemed appropriate as a diva dish. I followed the recipe to a T and thought it was pretty decent, but I will definitely jazz it up a little next go round. Here is the recipe in its original form.

Brooklyn Girl's Penne Arriabiata


* 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
* 6 cloves garlic, sliced
* 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
* 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil
* 1/2 cup tomato sauce
* 1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
* 1 (12 ounce) package dried penne pasta
* 2 eggs
* 2 cups bread crumbs
* 1 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon pepper
* 1 pound thin chicken breast cutlets

1. Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, and saute for a few minutes. Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes, and saute for another minute. Pour in the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, and add the basil. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne pasta, and cook for 8 minutes, or until tender. Drain.
3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs with a fork. Place bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Stir the garlic powder, salt and pepper into the bread crumbs. Dip chicken cutlets into the egg, then press into the bread crumbs until completely coated.
4. Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry chicken for about 5 minutes per side, or until the coating is a nice dark brown color.
5. Remove chicken, and cut into slices. Toss the chicken slices into the sauce, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in the cooked penne, simmer for a few more minutes to soak up the flavor, then serve.

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