This is an easy recipe your family will LOVE!
I like to make it in a large roast pan, and cook the pasta right in the same pan as I baked the chicken! By adding zucchini strips to the cooking pasta, you are able to cook them at the same time and create more color, texture and flavor.
You can make a home made sauce or use store bought jars of sauce. You can add diced tomatoes or other veggies to the sauce.
My grandchildren said they liked the chicken, but would eat this even without chicken!
Enjoy cooking... and Play With Your Food! xo
serves8 - 16
prep time15 Min
cook time1 Hr
8 - 16
zucchini, deseeded, sliced thin
pasta sauce, of choice
garlic, minced fine
ground black pepper
1 - 2 pkg
mozzarella cheese, shredded
How To Make
Put chicken thighs in large roast pan, add 3 cups water. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Remove chicken to a plate. Drain most of the all but 1 cup of liquid. Reserve remaining liquid into a bowl to cool and use more if needed, and freeze the rest for another day.
Add 3 quarts of water, bring to a boil on top of stove.
Add the pasta, cut up the zucchini and add to boiling pasta.
*** I like boiling the water in the roast pan because it is easier than using another pan that isn't as tall as the pasta. And the pasta is where it needs to be already.
Add the butter on top of the cooked pasta and zucchini.
Add spices to your favorite sauce. Simmer about 5 minutes. Pour sauce over the pasta and zucchini. Gently coating the pasta and zucchini.
Dip each piece of chicken into the sauce on both sides as you add them to the pan. The chicken will sit on top of the pasta mixture.
Broil for 5 minutes. Remove and start plating.
*** It is at this point that you decide if you want to broil cheese on top or plate chicken with room temperature cheese on top
Sprinkle some shredded mozzarella cheese onto dinner plates.
Place desired amount of pasta mixture on top of the cheese.
Sprinkle some mozzarella over the pasta layer.
Place a chicken thigh on top of the 2nd cheese layer.
Sprinkle more cheese on top of the chicken.
*** or you can leave chicken in pan and sprinkle with cheese and broil for a couple minutes before plating.
This photo shows a lot of sauce in the pan.
This photo shows how the sauce gets absorbed as it sits.
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