What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Simple Sensations: Linguine Chicken Salami! Sometimes it’s just not possible for me to get to a restaurant for one of my favorite dishes. That’s when I prepare the dish at home. A good friend of mine shared tips on putting together a great Italian marinara sauce. It’s all about taste buds and choosing the quality of herbs. If you don’t have the extra time, simply choose a store-bought alternative until you can perfect the right combination for you.
LINGUINE CHICKEN SALAMI
6-8 chicken fillets
2 tablespoons lemon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 Vidalia onion, sliced
28-ounce can peeled tomatoes in basil sauce
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon basil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 pound Italian salami*
6-ounces of spinach linguini
6-ounces of angel hair pasta
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
*Sliced pepperoni can be substituted for the Italian salami.
Preheat oven to 350°. Pour lemon olive oil into a shallow skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken fillets seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Lower heat to medium. Sauté chicken until browned, about three minutes per side. Add sliced onions, cover, and cook on low setting until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes longer. Set aside.
For sauce combine cut-up tomatoes with sauce, oregano, marjoram, basil, garlic cloves, sugar, sea salt, and cracked pepper. (At this time, I add the cooked onions to the sauce.)
Spoon 1/3 of sauce into a casserole dish. In single layer, arrange chicken fillets. Slice salami into strips, using kitchen shears, covering chicken. Pour remaining sauce over all. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Remove lid and bake 10 minutes longer until cheese turns golden brown.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Spoon pasta into single servings. Carefully place one fillet over pasta, making sure to add extra sauce. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and serve.