Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Leftover Chicken Concoction (Frugal Food Thursday)

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Earlier this week, I had some leftover baked chicken tenders that I had made for dinner the previous week.  It wasn't enough for a full meal.  Usually, I used leftovers for lunches, but this time I decided to use the leftover chicken in a new chicken concoction.

Because there wasn't enough chicken for everyone, I supplemented the dish with beans to add more protein to the dish.  I sauted some onions and peppers, added some jarred tomato sauce, and mixed in some pasta.  Tada! a completely new, yummy dish.

Of course, if you don't have leftover chicken tenders, you could make some for yourself!  Cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts into strips.  Cover the strips with flour, dip into an egg wash, and then cover with bread crumbs.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Here's the recipe:


8 oz dried rotini pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 green or yellow pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 15-oz can Great Northern beans (or equivalent cooked from dry beans)
12 oz jarred tomato sauce (half a 24-oz jar)
8 chicken tenders

Cook rotini pasta according to package directions; drain.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Saute the onion for 2-3 minutes, or until translucent.  Add the pepper and continue sauteing for 2-3 more minutes.  Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute.

Drain the can of beans and add to the vegetable mixture.  Add the tomato sauce.  Turn heat to high and bring to a boil.  Turn down to simmer.

Cut the chicken tenders into small pieces and add to the saute pan.  Mix until all of the pieces are covered in sauce.  Cover the saute pan and simmer for 10 minutes.

Uncover the saute pan and add the cooked pasta.  Mix until all of the pasta is covered with sauce.

Serves 4.

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Pat @ Elegantly GF September 13, 2012 at 8:18 AM  

Hi Laura -- Today I'm sharing a fast and frugal recipe that puts a hot meal on the table in as little as 15 minutes: Creamed Tuna. Great for busy weeknights, and my family likes it.

Joanna September 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM  

Happy Thursday! I'm sharing a link to my mom's amazing Minestrone recipe. Soups are so frugal and can use up odds and ends of veggies you have laying around.Thanks for hosting!

Miz Helen September 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM  

Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Diane Balch September 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM  

I love the ideas of the Great Northern Beans with Chicken in pasta. thanks for sharing them on foodie friday.

Becky McNeer September 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM  

Yay! Love leftover concoctions!!! Bravo for not wasting any food! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife September 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM  

Your concoction sounds delicious! I like the way you added the beans. I often make something similar called 'pasta thing' with my leftovers!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace September 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM  

I love the name of this. I feel that way about most of my dishes when my daughter asks what we are having...when it's something concocted from all the leftovers. Thanks for sharing. It looks good. Also, thanks for linking to TMTT.

Run DMT September 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM  

Love it! So simple and I love the name. Thanks for linking up at Friday Food Fight.

Anne @ Authentic Simplicity September 22, 2012 at 8:56 PM  

That's a great use of chicken leftovers! Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday!

STF September 24, 2012 at 9:53 PM  

I loved that you added the smart! They are a healthy addition...good protein, fiber and budget friendly. I try to do one meal/week that has beans as the main protein.

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Love Bakes Good Cakes September 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM  

What a great way to use leftovers! Just wanted to thank you for linking up last week and let you know the party is live now! I can't wait to see what you share this week at All my Bloggy Friends!

Sandra VanHoey January 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM  

Love seeing this recipe...we always have leftover chicken and I can be beside myself for things to do with it. Thanks for sharing, looks great

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