October 17, 2009

Cheater Chicken Mozzarella

Over the years this recipe has evolved from breading the chicken by hand to buying the frozen chicken strips. Either way tasted fantastic. It's fast and the kids gobble it up without complaint.

You'll need:
Enough breaded chicken strips to feed your family - you can go cheap or spend lots of money
a jar of your favorite pasta sauce - we're partial to Ragu Mama's Special Garden Sauce
enough cooked spaghetti noodles for your family - we like Barilla Plus and use 1/2 a box
mozzarella cheese

Cook the chicken however the box tells you to. Boil those noodles. When the chicken is nice and crispy spoon some pasta sauce over each piece and top with mozzarella cheese. Add the remaining sauce to the pasta (drain it first!). Put the chicken back in the oven for a few minutes so the cheese can melt. To serve, scoop some pasta onto the plate and top with a chicken strip or two. Sprinkle with Parmesan if desired.

Helpful hint - I like to get the chicken started first because it usually takes longer than the pasta. When the chicken is about halfway done I start the pasta. Oh, you can bread your own chicken if you want. Just dip in milk then a mixture of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and bake until juices run clear then top with pasta sauce and cheese.

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