Chicken Breasts in Pasta Sauce Recipe

Chicken Breast Surprise
Chicken Breast Surprise | Source

How I Came Up With This Dish

I've named this dish Chicken Breast Surprise as I was not sure how it would turn out. Last night we'd had a pasta dish made with green peppers, onions, tomatoes, garlic, hot peppers and celery. I had some of the sauce left over didn't really want to freeze it or throw it away. Using the sauce, this is the chicken dish I came up with, and it was delicious.

I'll start by giving you the recipe for the pasta sauce that I made and then used on the chicken breasts.


Making the Sauce

  • In a large pot add the oil and heat on high.
  • Add celery, onions, and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add green pepper, garlic, and sauté for one minute.
  • Add canned diced tomatoes, Cajun or hot sauce, and all the spices.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer for fifteen minutes.
  • Pour over cooked pasta, and save some for this chicken breast dish.

Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 green peppers chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 celery stalks chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic sliced thin
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. of red pepper flakes
  • 4 dashes of Slap Ya Mama Cajun Sauce
  • 2 pinches of basil
  • 2 pinches of oregano
  • 2 pinches of thyme
  • 2 Tbs. of Vegetable Oil

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
  • Yields: Serves 5-6 people

Ingredients

  • 6 - 7 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2-3 Cups Pasta Sauce
  • 3/4 Cup Cheese, Grated
  • 2 Cups Uncooked Minute Rice
All photos by the author Susan Zutautas
All photos by the author Susan Zutautas

Let's Cook The Chicken Breasts

Place oven rack in the center of the oven.

Preheat oven to 325°F

Lightly spray an an oven safe dish with vegetable cooking spray.

Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the dish.

Spoon pasta sauce over the top of the chicken breasts.

While chicken is cooking prepare your rice according to package instructions.

Place in oven for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle grated cheese over the top.

Return the dish to the oven for 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.

Serve over a bed of cooked minute rice.

Side of your favorite vegetables and a side salad will complete this meal.


5 stars from 4 ratings of Boneless Chicken Breasts
The chicken breasts while cooking fused together making the dish excellent to cut into portion sizes.
The chicken breasts while cooking fused together making the dish excellent to cut into portion sizes. | Source

Alternatives

For spicier chicken you may want to try this chicken dish with a salsa sauce and jalapeno peppers.

Top with Monterey Jack or Colby cheese.

Serve with a side of sour cream and guacamole.



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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Rebecca, Thanks!

Mary, Thanks so much!


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

I'm sorry Susan but I'm glad I don't live with you. If I did, I couldn't stop eating ;) Very appetizing recipe and great pictures.

Voted up, useful, interesting, and pinned.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

It looks yummy, Susan. You sound like an awesome cook.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you breakfastpop that's good right :)


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

My mouth is watering!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you deepak. Please let me know if you try this recipe and if you liked it.


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deepak2u 4 years ago from Andhra Pradesh,INDIA

Yammy Recipes .. I like this recipes


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks and hope that you enjoy them writer.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great, thank you for two new recipes to try.

Voted up and awesome.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Audra, Thank you and I hope you enjoy it. If you have a hard time finding the Slap Ya Mama Cajun sauce you can always use another type of hot sauce.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

This looks soooo good! I am looking to make a nice dish for my family!!! Now, I need to find

“Slap Ya Mama" sauce!!!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

zan, That would be great. Thanks again.


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zan00657 4 years ago from India

sure

I will tell to my mom to make it... :)

and will tell u how was that... :D

i love these types of recipes very much


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

zan, Thank you so much. Please let me know if you try it and what you think of it.


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zan00657 4 years ago from India

my mouth is watering after seeing those pictures...

really this is a great hub!!!!

enjoyed reading preparation of chicken breasts :)

i need to try it :)

thanks for this hub


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

barbergirl, Thanks :) Yes Tabasco sauce will work as well as the Cajun. When I am out of Cajun I use Tabasco. Hope you enjoy this.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

OMG - this looks absolutley delicious. I am definately going to have to make this. So do you think the cajun sauce can be substituted for just regular ole tobasco sauce? Now my mouth is watering! Good thing grocery shopping is on the to do list this week!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I wasn't sure how this recipe would turn out as I threw it together. But the entire family enjoyed it. Hope you do too.


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland

Chicken dishes are always eaten in our house. Roast chicken breast and stuffing is our favorite.

This homemade chicken recipe is different and looks tasty so will definitively be giving it a try soon.

Thanks for SHARING. Up and awesome


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

dalton, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


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