Monday, July 19, 2010

Chicken and Fresh Green Beans Pomodoro over Linguine

Amazing how wonderful fresh vegetables are. Summer is the time to experience the best of all of them. Right now I had the pleasure to get some fresh picked green beans at the local vegetables stand. There everywhere in Florida along side the roads. So I bought a pound and thought fresh beans, tomatoes garlic and chicken.. the dish was still light and perfect on these hot days. Not to filling or heavy.

Here's the recipe~

4 boneless chicken breasts sliced in half lengthwise
1 pound of fresh green beans cleaned and snipped boiled in salt water on low for an hour
3 cloves minced garlic
6 plum tomatoes sliced in halves
1 1lb can of whole tomatoes pulsed through blender till smooth
2 cups of water
1/2 cup white wine
1 fresh bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, thyme
1/2 cup sliced carrots (they add sweetness to the sauce)
olive oil for sauteing

1 lb of linguine cooked in salt water, to your desired doneness. Toss with 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup of reserved water from cooking linguine in, 2 tablespoon chopped parsley, 1/4 cup of grating cheese and 14 teaspoon black pepper. Set aside, keeping warm.

In a 5 quart saucepan, add olive oil and garlic. Saute chicken in oil for around 4 to 8 minutes turning twice on each side with garlic cloves. Add cooked beans, carrots, spices, wine, all tomatoes. Simmer for around 1/2 hour till vegetables and chicken is cooked through. To serve place linguine on a plate top with chicken and spoon sauce of the top. Add more grating cheese and serve.
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