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Chicken Breasts in Pasta Sauce Recipe

Updated on August 23, 2014
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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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Rebecca, Thanks!

      Mary, Thanks so much!

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      Mary Craig 3 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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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

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

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you breakfastpop that's good right :)

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      My mouth is watering!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Govind Deepak Kumar 5 years ago from Andhra Pradesh,INDIA

      Yammy Recipes .. I like this recipes

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks and hope that you enjoy them writer.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great, thank you for two new recipes to try.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      zan, That would be great. Thanks again.

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      zan00657 5 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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      zan00657 5 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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      Stacy Harris 5 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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      L M Reid 5 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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Jeremy Wade 5 years ago from Tennessee

      looks great I'll have to try it.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tina, I too used to only make small changes and then one day I decided to see what I could make with what I had. Not all comes out good and sometimes it comes out terrible, but I love experimenting with food. Thank you :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Vincent, Well I have a feeling that you are a fabulous cook. Hope that you enjoy this recipe and thank you. Happy Easter!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Martie, I hope that you enjoy this, and thank you.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      I envy everyone like you that can make a new dish out of the things you have! I can only make minor adjustments from recipes I know and I get totally blank of ideas when it come to create a new dish! This looks so tasty and I will try it! Thanks for the recipe, with your help I can be creative in the kitchen!

      Tina

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Wow, this made me want to dive right into that dish fork first. I will have to dig up all your recipe hubs, since I will be living on my own after July and having to cook all my meals myself. I will definitely try this one as I love chicken dishes. Thanks for sharing Susan.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Mmmm, I will make this tomorrow (Sunday) for the family. Yummy! Thank you, Susan!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Ethel, Very easy to make.

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      Eileen Kersey 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Sounds tasty and easy to make. Thanks

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Prasetio, Always nice to see you, and thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      b. Malin, Not much goes to waste around here :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Chicken is my favorite. Susan, you make me hungry. I love this presentation and the picture looks so good. Definitely, I'll show this hub to my mom. Thanks for share with us. Rated up and useful. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Sounds Simply Delicious Susan, and waste not want not is so important in this day and age. Wonderful Recipe and so glad to see that Nothing goes to waste in your home. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Susan, Thank you, wish you lived closer as I'd invite you over for dinner :)

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      Susan Kaul 5 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      Oh my gosh, does that look delicious or what? You are so creative in the kitchen. Well done. I hate waste too.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lesley, Thank you so much.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Susan, another yummy recipe and terrific photos, chicken and cheese yes please!

      Thank you and voted up.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks drbj :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ardie, I'm sure it will still be good without having to slap ya mama :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Frank, You're welcome :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, Sometimes my meals are not a good surprise but this one was :)

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Very creative cookery, Susan. The recipe is definitely a surprise. But I'll make you a bet that no one was as surprised as that chicken!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cardisa, When I published the hub the new capsules were not in effect yet, but I did go back and add a couple of them.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      moonlake, My husband found a great deal on the chicken breasts so I've been having fun trying to come up with new ways to eat it.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      AEvans, Hope you enjoy it as much and we did, and thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Victoria, Thanks, you have quite a few I'd plan to try too.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Susan :)

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      This looks aaaawesome! But I think I will pass on any hot sauce that requires me slapping my mama haha I don't like spicy but the rest sounds perfect (with regular peppers too)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks again Just Ask Susan..:)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yum yum yum! I love how you called it chicken surprise! Haha! I've been there before!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Susan, very delicious, I just know it! I love tomatoes and cheese so I can just imagine the flavours.

      Have you used any of the new capsules for this hub? I haven't tried it yet.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Misty!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      HawaiiHeart, I always seem to make too much pasta sauce and now I'm glad I found a use for it.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Brian, Thank you!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      prairieprincess, Thanks. I love trying different ways to cook chicken.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      weestro, Thank you and hope you enjoy this. Please let me know if you try it.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Sounds great we eat lots of chicken and I'm always looking for new recipes.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You tried my pizza recipe, AEvans? Awesome! It IS delish! I love new recipes, too. Oh, Susan, another thing I had meant to say, that AE mentioned, is that your pics are really great!

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Yummy! I tried Victoria's Pizza it was delicious! I am trying this one tomorrow. I love new recipes. It looks scrumptious. I bet it was hard to take all of the pics before you could eat. lolo

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree with those who hate to throw things out, too. I love creating new recipes with leftovers. Your sauce looks delicious, Susan! This recipe looks so tasty. I do know where to go when I need a recipe. Many votes on this one, including UP, of course!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Susan, I am the same way - I cannot stand to let anything go to waste, so I create something new with it the next night. :-) I love your sauce recipe. I am saving this one! Votes and shares! :-)

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sounds wonderful Susan, delicious :)

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I hate throwing away leftovers too! Great way to reduce waste...and sure looks tasty!

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from Nottingham Uk

      Hello Susan, I love the versitility of chicken and are so glad that you have showed how much you can do with it. The pictures look great, voted up awesome :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      These look very delicious! I love cooking with chicken: there's so much you can do with it.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Wow, this looks delicious, for me, I would say serves 1-2 people! This hub is very easy to follow too! Voted up and awesome!