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Tasty Tuesday: Yummy & Easy Tomato Spinach Chicken Spaghetti

I made this!!!

Today I’m sharing a quick, delicious meal I found originally on Pinterest. I’ve made this several times now and I feel like every time I make it, I tweak it a little to make it even tastier! By no means do I consider myself “good” at cooking. I come from a long line of Portuguese women who notoriously don’t cook. So whenever I can find something yummy that’s also easy, it becomes a weeknight regular.

What you’ll need:

¼ c sun-dried tomatoes (I am lazy and admittedly don’t know where to find sun-dried tomatoes? – I usually just half some cherry tomatoes for a different texture and taste and call it a day.)
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ lb boneless skinless chicken, chopped (The recipe calls for thighs – I always use breasts. I cut the chicken into 1 inch, bite-sized pieces.)
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon salt
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
¼ c fresh basil leaves (Again, lazy inexperienced? I eyeball it out of the pre-chopped shakers.)
8 oz fresh spinach
3 garlic gloves, chopped (I use minced and don’t use much at all, for personal preference.)
6 oz spaghetti or angel hair pasta (I will say that angel hair is THE BEST with this – be careful not to put in too much pasta so as not to throw off your veggie-protein-carb ratio! I used WAY too much pasta the first time I made this.)
Optional – 3 tablespoons high quality olive oil (Pro-tip: Do not make this optional – this is the best part!)

Step 1: Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet on medium-low heat. Add chopped chicken, red pepper flakes, and salt over all ingredients in skillet and cook on medium heat until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Step 2: Add chopped tomatoes, chopped basil leaves, fresh spinach, and chopped garlic to the skillet with chicken. Cook on medium heat about 3-5 minutes until spinach wilts just a little. Remove from heat. Cover with lid and keep off heat.

Step 3: Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, and add pasta to skillet with all other ingredients. Mix well and add more seasonings to taste, if desired.

At this point, I always add a bit more olive oil and Parmesan cheese before serving. It heats up well for leftovers the next day, too! Enjoy!

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