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Dinners In Less Than 30 Minutes: - Dijon Chicken Pasta and Refreshing Tomato Salad

Updated on November 20, 2012
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A FAST MENU MIRACLE

A Meal for 4 in 25 Minutes!

  • Very Quick Dijon Chicken with Tomato Pesto

  • Tomato Salad

  • Iced Tea, Milk or Lemonade

5 stars from 1 rating of A Meal for 4 in 25 Minutes!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Miracle Menu
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Very Quick Dijon Chicken with Tomato Pesto

  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (pre-minced packaged in a jar is fine)
  • 4 Small or medium-sized boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 Large can undrained, diced or crushed tomatoes in purée pesto
  • 1 Cup French's French Fried Onions (divided)
  • 4 Servings of your favorite pasta
  • 1 Container of ready-prepared pesto sauce
  • 2 tsp prepared Honey Dijon Mustard
  • Grated cheese.
  • Parsley flakes.

INSTRUCTIONS

Fill a large pot with water, bring to the boil and place 4 servings of your favorite pasta in with a pinch of salt and some EVOO to keep it from sticking. Boil it to al dente (about 7 minutes) while you are preparing the chicken.

  • Heat the EVOO in a 12-inch nonstick skillet, using high heat.
  • Add garlic and sauté it for only 30 seconds.
  • Add the chicken breast halves and sauté about 5 minutes or until chicken is moderately browned on both sides.
  • Add the tomatoes with juice, the pesto sauce, the mustard, and 3/4 cup of french fried onions.
  • Immediately reduce the heat from high to medium-low.
  • Simmer the dish for 5 minutes or until the chicken reveals no pink at all next to the bone.
  • Meanwhile, remove the past from the stove and drain in a colander.
  • Remove chicken from the stove top and arrange the chicken mixture over the hot pasta on a serving platter.
  • Top the dish with sauce from the chicken and sprinkle with remaining french fried onions, some parsley, and some grated cheese.

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>>Serve with the salad given below and a cold glass of iced tea, lemonade, limeade, or milk.

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Tomato Salad

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • Lettuce leaves, your preference of type
  • EVOO
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 4 to 6 medium sized tomatoes, of a different type than in the chicken dish
  • Chopped chives
  • Balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • Parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cut the tomatoes into slices ¼ to ½ inch thick.
  • Lay lettuce leaves in an attractive manner over the surface of a large salad serving platter.
  • Lay the slices in a neat circle or oval around the edge of a salad platter, on top of the lettuce, placing slices in the middle as well.
  • Sprinkle EVOO onto the tomato slices; making sure to get them all covered lightly.
  • Sprinkle balsamic or red wine vinegar onto the tomatoes.
  • Season the whole with the salt and pepper to taste.
  • Chop a small bunch of chives or use chopped chives and shake them over the top of the seasoned tomatoes.
  • Garnish with parsley.

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    • IslandBites profile image

      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice hub.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      It reallytastes good as well as being fast, so it's a fantastic meal!

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      Xeng 4 years ago from Philippines

      Wow. This is a pretty nice list for most busy people. I'll definitely try them myself. Thank you for sharing!:)

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      I must check my recipe card files and find my recipes for more of this luscious cuisine. I have many italian recipes and think I will do some cooking this weekend.

    • B.T. Evilpants profile image

      B.T. Evilpants 9 years ago from Hell, MI

      If you enjoy Italian cuisine, I also do chicken carpaccio. It's to die for!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image
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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Hmm, Jackalopes have a special stomach enzyme that kills salmonella and other nusiances in the digestive tract. Lucky you! - When you are president, we will institute a chain of Chicken Sushi Retaurants.

    • B.T. Evilpants profile image

      B.T. Evilpants 9 years ago from Hell, MI

      I love chicken! In fact, I'm making a lovely chicken sushi at this very moment!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Thanks, I enjoy all of them.

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      nina hirnido 9 years ago

      all th recipes taste very delicious yummy.....

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      Mary White 9 years ago from Mobile, AL

      mmm ... sounds great.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Thanks for the comment! I love tomatoes and chicken.

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      Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

      quick and tasty!