My daughter Briana & I came up with the idea for this dish, from a dish we had in Ohio. It is my interpretation but she insisted on cooking it by herself for Dan who has been the only Father she has ever known, I was merely her Sous Chef. You could call this a meal in one, but we served it as a side with Thick Grilled Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes, & a Hearty Tossed Salad.
Because this was made especially for my husband on Father's Day, it had to have lots meat in it. The combination worked so well that he had several servings of it. Give it a try, I am sure you will like it too.
1IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: PLEASE DO NOT CROSS CONTAMINATE YOUR CUTTING BOARD , PLEASE WASH BOARD & KNIFE THROUGHLY WITH HOT SOAPY WATER AFTER CUTTING UP CHICKEN, HAM AND BACON.
2Boil pasta, cooked al dente according to directions on package rinse under cold water and set aside till needed.
3Cut bacon slices into small pieces about 1 1/2 inch size pieces. Place in LARGE 16 INCH skillet or POT over medium high heat and cook until bacon is crisp. Remove when crisp to a platter lined with paper towel to drain. Set aside till needed. Reserve the bacon drippings to cook the chicken and other ingredients.
4Cut up ham into thin strips. Set aside on a plate or platter till needed. Now cut up chicken breast into thin sliced strips, and season with garlic powder and steak seasoning, or season after it is in the skillet if desired.DO NOT CROSS CONTAMINATE CUTTING BOARD. PLEASE WASH WITH SOAPY WATER AFTER CUTTING CHICKEN.
5Cook chicken breast in few tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat if desired or use oil of your choice. Cook till chicken turns white and is no longer pink. Remove when cooked to a large platter.
6Add 2 additional tablespoons of rendered fat to skillet if needed and toss in the chopped green onions & minced garlic, saute until transparent, about 3 minutes. Then pour in the heavy whipping cream and heat to just BELOW THE BOILING POINT, then add in the frozen peas, and stir , heating for about 3-4 minutes until peas turn bright green.
7Now add in the sliced black olives, smoked ham strips, cooked chicken breast, & diced tomatoes, then stir until blended into skillet. May need to add half first & stir, before you add the remaining half. Continue to stir until all ingredients have been added to skillet.
8Now add the pasta a bit at a time, then stir until all has been added & blended together.
9Now add in the shredded Italian Cheese and diced mini sweet peppers & half of cooked bacon, stir till mixed together & cheese melts.
10Pour onto a large serving platter, garnish as desired or top with remaining bacon pieces,chopped green onion tops and additional chopped sweet peppers. SERVE & ENJOY.