Dinners can be boring sometimes having the same thing because trying to find something we all like is getting tougher with a teenager who seems to change her taste in food as often as she puts on make-up (a lot). I also want something that is quick, filling and easy to make as it is now summertime it is getting too hot to stand in the kitchen cooking for too long.
I was given the chance to try out some of Schwartz New 2 in 1 range. I chose to write this post about the Mediterranean Chicken Pasta and Cheese Crumb Topping. It has a blend of herbs and spices for chicken pasta with a cheesy topping. The sachet is in 2 parts the top has the flavours for the main dish and the bottom has the seasoning for the topping.
I am starting to get very good at chicken dishes in the kitchen when before I used to steer clear of frying chicken as I was worried it wouldn’t be cooked properly so the only chicken I would cook was a roast chicken but I am getting more confident with frying chicken so this was perfect for me to cook for the family.
On the back of the packet is a list of ingredients you will need for the dish and directions are also on there.
- 1 sachet Schwartz 2in1 Mediterranean Chicken Pasta + Cheesy Crumb Topping Recipe Mixes
- 1 tbs oil
- 450g (1lb) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
- 1 yellow pepper, chopped
- 150ml (5fl oz) water
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 200g (7oz) pasta, cooked and drained
- 75g (3oz) Cheddar cheese, grated
When I read this list I was surprised at how little ingredients I actually needed and I had most of it already at home.
I found preparing and cooking the Mediterranean Chicken Pasta really easy.
I started by turning the hobs and grill on, my oven is all electric and to be honest I hate it as it takes ages to heat up to temperature so they all had to be put on before I started.
I then started slicing the chicken breasts and poured the oil into the frying pan I also prepared a saucepan of hot water ready for the pasta. Once I had sliced the chicken I popped it all into the frying pan and fried it on a low/medium heat mainly to stop it spitting at me if it got too hot. I also added the pasta to the boiling water to cook.
While I was cooking the pasta and the chicken I got a jug and added 150ml of water and mixed in the recipe mix and stirred. I also chopped the yellow pepper and grated 75g of cheese.
Once the chicken was cooked through and browning nicely I added the chopped yellow peppers and left it to cook for another couple of minutes. I then stirred the recipe mix again and poured onto the chicken and added the chopped tomatoes at the same time. I then had a couple of minutes to wait for the pan to come to a simmer so while waiting for that I drained the pasta.
Once the pan was simmering I added the pasta and left it to heat through for a further couple of minutes.
I then poured it all into a dish and opened the seasoning part of the packet and sprinkled it over the top of the chicken pasta. Finally I added a layer of cheese over the seasoning and popped the dish under the grill for around 5 minutes and that was it.
Easy as Chicken Pasta!
I found this so easy to make and all of the family including the teenager ate the lot. We enjoyed it that much that we have bought more of the Schwartz 2 in 1 Mediterranean Chicken pasta and we are going to be trying the Chicken Tikka and Crunchy Chicken Bites very soon too.
“This post is an entry for BritMums ‘What’s for Dinner Tonight?’ sponsored by Schwartz. Find out more about the new 2in1 mixes here”