Cold weather screams for comfort food, and therefore this dish was a total no-brainer: Baked Artichoke Chicken Pasta. I mean pasta and cheese sauce are always great, and it’s an added plus that artichokes were in this recipe. And you know I love you when I’m willing to deal with raw chicken just to bring you this recipe.
I really loved this dish, and while it took 3 pots/pans and a baking dish to make, it also made TONS of leftovers, which totally redeemed itself for all of the dishes I did. Thank heavens for dishwashers, right?!
There may be several steps and pots and pans, but each step is easy so keep on reading. Trust me, the end result is so worth it. First off, I came across the recipe because of Twitter and it comes from a site called Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice and I found a couple of great tips that I was excited to try out.
First tip is to marinate your raw chicken (frozen or thawed) in buttermilk to keep it nice and juicy. Second tip might just change my culinary life and save me some money…it’s dried buttermilk! You buy it in the baking aisle, just measure what you need for your recipe and keep the container in the fridge until the next time you need it. Why is this tip so amazing? It’s because I can never seem to find a small amount of buttermilk at the store, so I’m stuck with a huge amount of buttermilk that goes to waste. Who likes being wasteful? Not this girl!
You’ll need a good knife to cut your onions, garlic, and chicken. A grater for the cheese is also quite handy as well. Then you need a pan to cook the veggies and chicken, a medium-sized sauce pan to cook the cheese sauce, and a large pot for cooking your pasta. Then grab a 9×13 baking dish and you’re all set.
This baked pasta was fabulous, had great flavor, and left me with lots of food left, which in this case is a really good thing! And if you’re a big mac ‘n cheese fan like I am, then you’ll be especially pleased with this pumped up mac ‘n cheese dish. So freaking good.
For the recipe and step by step instructions, click here…seriously, do it. You will be very happy that you did!
A look back:
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Two Years Ago: Ah, Wagamama…How I’ve Missed You (And Your Noodle-Ness!)