Have you ever been to one of those food websites that makes you drool? The ones with the gorgeous photos and amazing food?
Then have you scrolled down to the ingredients list and kept on clicking? Yeah, me too. I love cooking, I love trying new recipes. But sometimes you don't have all the ingredients you need- heavy cream? Who keeps heavy cream in their house?
And sometimes there are just crazy, sexy ingredients. And you know how I feel about that.
So recently I saw a delicious recipe on one of my favorite food blogs. I decided for this week's Eats for Cheaps I would modify that recipe (greatly) for those of us cooking on a budget.
This recipe is still delicious. I mean delicious even without the called for wine and heavy cream- although I am sure that would have been even more amazing. Best of all it only cost me $4.92 to make, thanks in part to a chicken sale at Walmart and a pasta sale at Publix (when are they not having a pasta sale?).
Note: It may cost you slightly more to make this- due to the use of many homemade items. ;)
What you'll need:
1/2 lb chicken breast, cubed -$1
1/2 package whole wheat angel hair pasta (you can use any pasta that's just what I used) -$.38
2 green bell peppers - $1.50
1/2 a medium onion- $.50
2 tomatoes - $1
4 tbsp butter - $.22
1 cup milk - $.22
1/2 cup flour - $.10
2 cups chicken broth- Free. I made it by boiling a chicken carcass for several hours.
Cumin, paprika, garlic powder, pepper, salt - I can't even do the math for this one because I purchased ALL of this at the Dollar Tree in large bottles.
Cook your pasta according to the instructions.
Heat up a heavy skillet using and melt your butter. (If you are opposed to butter you can sub for something else. I will say a little prayer for you tonight when I go to sleep.)
Place your chicken in a plastic bag with your seasoning and shake it up to fully coat.
You will need to cook your chicken over a high heat. Drop the chicken in your pot and let it crsip on oneside before flipping. It will be so good.
Slice your bell pepper and onion into strips. Once your chicken is brown, remove it from the pan and throw in your peppers and onions.
Slice your tomatoes and throw them in the pan with your peppers and onions. Cook them on a high heat for just a few minutes. You want them cooked but not mushy.
Remove the vegetables and pour in your chicken stock to deglaze the pan. Whisk the broth around for a few minutes.
Then pour in your milk and let boil. Also, whisk in your flour to thicken.
Place your chicken and vegetables back into the pot.
Mix with your pasta and serve.