Thursday, March 03, 2011

Avocado Chicken and Shells

I was in the mood for making something up.   It's one of those dishes that happen by mistake, or rather experimentation would be the better word, that turn out really good.  I like experimenting and making up stuff according to the ingredients I have on hand.  That is I like experimenting when I have the time to allow for it.  If I'm in a time crunch, it will so not be enjoyable. As it turned out, everything came together last week, time and ingredients, to create this tasty dish.   In our after dinner vote this received a big thumbs up from everyone in the family.  And it was easy.  Bonus.


-500 gram pkg. (1/2 lb.) Pasta shells (the medium, bite sized sized ones)
-4 large chicken breasts
-1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
-seasoning salt
-fresh ground pepper
-2 garlic cloves, crushed
-1 pkg. Frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
-2 cans cream of mushroom soup
-1/2 cup milk
-1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
-1 large tomato
-1 ripe avocado

Cook pasta according to directions to al dente state.  Drain well.

Place in oil in electric skillet.  While heating, cut chicken breast into large bite sized chunks.  Place in hot oil.  Season to taste with seasoning salt and pepper.  Add crushed garlic.  Cook until chicken is browned and cooked through.  Add drained spinach, soup, and milk.  Gently simmer for 10 minutes. 

While simmering, cut tomato into eight wedges.  Remove wet, seedy part of the tomato and then slice into chunks.   Stir gently into chicken with the parmesan cheese.  Peel and cut avocado into small chunks.  Add over top of the dish just before serving.  Do not stir in.

This post is linked up with Cooking Thursday at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom


ellen b. said...

You just made me realize I should go get some breakfast since my mouth is watering over this recipe. Yum!

Donnetta said...

I am so not an experimenter when it comes to cooking. I need (want) a recipe to follow.

Good thing you included this one here so I won't have to experiment. LOL


Karen said...

This sounds delicious. I'm not adventurous enough to come up with my own recipes. I wouldn't know where to begin! I've always admired cooks who can take a bunch of ingredients and create something special. To me, that is the sign of a great cook!

Anonymous said...

This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.

Faith said...

Yummy! like you, I LOVE to create dishes that end up being family faves...I did that this week with the risotto dish you saw,

Sandra said...

That sounds SO good and I love experimenting with new recipes too.

Karyn said...

Susanne....I've posted my FFF early (tonight) I don't think I'll be able to get around in the morning, so could you please post my link? Thanks.