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Chicken Breasts in Pasta Sauce Recipe

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Chicken Breast Surprise

Chicken Breast Surprise

Baked Chicken With Leftover Pasta Sauce

Last night, we'd had a pasta dish made with green peppers, onions, tomatoes, garlic, hot peppers, and celery. I had some of the sauce left over and didn't really want to freeze it or throw it away. Using the sauce, this is the chicken dish I came up with—initially called "chicken breast surprise," as I was not sure how it would turn out—and it was delicious.

You could use pretty much any leftover pasta sauce for this dish, but in case you want to make it just like mine, I will give you the recipe for the pasta sauce that I made.

Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 green peppers chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 celery stalks chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic sliced thin
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 4 dashes of Slap Ya Mama Cajun Sauce
  • 2 pinches of basil
  • 2 pinches of oregano
  • 2 pinches of thyme
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. In a large pot add the oil and heat on high.
  2. Add celery, onions, and sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Add green pepper, garlic, and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add canned diced tomatoes, Cajun or hot sauce, and all the spices.
  5. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Pour over cooked pasta, and save some for this chicken breast dish.

Baked Chicken Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

45 min

55 min

Serves 5 to 6 people

Ingredients

  • 6 to 7 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 to 3 cups pasta sauce
  • 3/4 cup cheese, grated
  • 2 cups minute rice

Let's Cook The Chicken Breasts

  1. Place oven rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F
  3. Lightly spray an oven-safe dish with vegetable cooking spray.
  4. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the dish.
  5. Spoon pasta sauce over the top of the chicken breasts.
  6. While chicken is cooking, prepare your rice according to package instructions.
  7. Place in oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle grated cheese over the top.
  8. Return the dish to the oven for 5 to 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
  9. Serve over a bed of cooked minute rice.
  10. One of your favorite vegetables and a side salad will complete this meal.
The chicken breasts while cooking fused together making the dish excellent to cut into portion sizes.

The chicken breasts while cooking fused together making the dish excellent to cut into portion sizes.

Spicy Salsa Alternative

For spicier chicken, you may want to try this chicken dish with a salsa sauce and jalapeño peppers. If you go this route, top with Monterey Jack or Colby cheese and serve with a side of sour cream and guacamole.

© 2012 Susan Zutautas

Comments

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 25, 2014:

Rebecca, Thanks!

Mary, Thanks so much!

Mary Craig from New York on August 24, 2014:

I'm sorry Susan but I'm glad I don't live with you. If I did, I couldn't stop eating ;) Very appetizing recipe and great pictures.

Voted up, useful, interesting, and pinned.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 24, 2014:

It looks yummy, Susan. You sound like an awesome cook.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 23, 2014:

Thank you breakfastpop that's good right :)

breakfastpop on August 23, 2014:

My mouth is watering!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 29, 2012:

Thank you deepak. Please let me know if you try this recipe and if you liked it.

Govind Deepak Kumar from Telangana,INDIA on August 28, 2012:

Yammy Recipes .. I like this recipes

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 21, 2012:

Thanks and hope that you enjoy them writer.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on May 20, 2012:

Great, thank you for two new recipes to try.

Voted up and awesome.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 03, 2012:

Audra, Thank you and I hope you enjoy it. If you have a hard time finding the Slap Ya Mama Cajun sauce you can always use another type of hot sauce.

iamaudraleigh on May 02, 2012:

This looks soooo good! I am looking to make a nice dish for my family!!! Now, I need to find

“Slap Ya Mama" sauce!!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 18, 2012:

zan, That would be great. Thanks again.

zan00657 from India on April 18, 2012:

sure

I will tell to my mom to make it... :)

and will tell u how was that... :D

i love these types of recipes very much

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 17, 2012:

zan, Thank you so much. Please let me know if you try it and what you think of it.

zan00657 from India on April 17, 2012:

my mouth is watering after seeing those pictures...

really this is a great hub!!!!

enjoyed reading preparation of chicken breasts :)

i need to try it :)

thanks for this hub

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 14, 2012:

barbergirl, Thanks :) Yes Tabasco sauce will work as well as the Cajun. When I am out of Cajun I use Tabasco. Hope you enjoy this.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on April 14, 2012:

OMG - this looks absolutley delicious. I am definately going to have to make this. So do you think the cajun sauce can be substituted for just regular ole tobasco sauce? Now my mouth is watering! Good thing grocery shopping is on the to do list this week!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 13, 2012:

I wasn't sure how this recipe would turn out as I threw it together. But the entire family enjoyed it. Hope you do too.

L M Reid from Ireland on April 13, 2012:

Chicken dishes are always eaten in our house. Roast chicken breast and stuffing is our favorite.

This homemade chicken recipe is different and looks tasty so will definitively be giving it a try soon.

Thanks for SHARING. Up and awesome

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 13, 2012:

dalton, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Jeremy Wade from Tennessee on April 12, 2012:

looks great I'll have to try it.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 08, 2012:

Tina, I too used to only make small changes and then one day I decided to see what I could make with what I had. Not all comes out good and sometimes it comes out terrible, but I love experimenting with food. Thank you :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 08, 2012:

Vincent, Well I have a feeling that you are a fabulous cook. Hope that you enjoy this recipe and thank you. Happy Easter!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 08, 2012:

Martie, I hope that you enjoy this, and thank you.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on April 08, 2012:

I envy everyone like you that can make a new dish out of the things you have! I can only make minor adjustments from recipes I know and I get totally blank of ideas when it come to create a new dish! This looks so tasty and I will try it! Thanks for the recipe, with your help I can be creative in the kitchen!

Tina

Vincent Moore on April 07, 2012:

Wow, this made me want to dive right into that dish fork first. I will have to dig up all your recipe hubs, since I will be living on my own after July and having to cook all my meals myself. I will definitely try this one as I love chicken dishes. Thanks for sharing Susan.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on April 07, 2012:

Mmmm, I will make this tomorrow (Sunday) for the family. Yummy! Thank you, Susan!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 04, 2012:

Hi Ethel, Very easy to make.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on April 03, 2012:

Sounds tasty and easy to make. Thanks

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 03, 2012:

Prasetio, Always nice to see you, and thank you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 03, 2012:

b. Malin, Not much goes to waste around here :) Thanks for stopping by.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 02, 2012:

Chicken is my favorite. Susan, you make me hungry. I love this presentation and the picture looks so good. Definitely, I'll show this hub to my mom. Thanks for share with us. Rated up and useful. Cheers...

Prasetio

b. Malin on April 02, 2012:

Sounds Simply Delicious Susan, and waste not want not is so important in this day and age. Wonderful Recipe and so glad to see that Nothing goes to waste in your home. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 02, 2012:

Susan, Thank you, wish you lived closer as I'd invite you over for dinner :)

Susan Kaul from Michiagn, USA on April 01, 2012:

Oh my gosh, does that look delicious or what? You are so creative in the kitchen. Well done. I hate waste too.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 01, 2012:

Lesley, Thank you so much.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 01, 2012:

Hi Susan, another yummy recipe and terrific photos, chicken and cheese yes please!

Thank you and voted up.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 01, 2012:

Thanks drbj :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 01, 2012:

Ardie, I'm sure it will still be good without having to slap ya mama :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 01, 2012:

Frank, You're welcome :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 01, 2012:

RH, Sometimes my meals are not a good surprise but this one was :)

drbj and sherry from south Florida on March 31, 2012:

Very creative cookery, Susan. The recipe is definitely a surprise. But I'll make you a bet that no one was as surprised as that chicken!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2012:

Cardisa, When I published the hub the new capsules were not in effect yet, but I did go back and add a couple of them.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2012:

moonlake, My husband found a great deal on the chicken breasts so I've been having fun trying to come up with new ways to eat it.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2012:

AEvans, Hope you enjoy it as much and we did, and thank you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2012:

Victoria, Thanks, you have quite a few I'd plan to try too.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2012:

Thanks Susan :)

Sondra from Neverland on March 31, 2012:

This looks aaaawesome! But I think I will pass on any hot sauce that requires me slapping my mama haha I don't like spicy but the rest sounds perfect (with regular peppers too)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 31, 2012:

Thanks again Just Ask Susan..:)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 31, 2012:

Yum yum yum! I love how you called it chicken surprise! Haha! I've been there before!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on March 31, 2012:

Hey Susan, very delicious, I just know it! I love tomatoes and cheese so I can just imagine the flavours.

Have you used any of the new capsules for this hub? I haven't tried it yet.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2012:

Thanks Misty!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2012:

HawaiiHeart, I always seem to make too much pasta sauce and now I'm glad I found a use for it.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2012:

Brian, Thank you!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2012:

prairieprincess, Thanks. I love trying different ways to cook chicken.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 31, 2012:

weestro, Thank you and hope you enjoy this. Please let me know if you try it.

moonlake from America on March 30, 2012:

Sounds great we eat lots of chicken and I'm always looking for new recipes.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on March 30, 2012:

You tried my pizza recipe, AEvans? Awesome! It IS delish! I love new recipes, too. Oh, Susan, another thing I had meant to say, that AE mentioned, is that your pics are really great!

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on March 30, 2012:

Yummy! I tried Victoria's Pizza it was delicious! I am trying this one tomorrow. I love new recipes. It looks scrumptious. I bet it was hard to take all of the pics before you could eat. lolo

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on March 30, 2012:

I agree with those who hate to throw things out, too. I love creating new recipes with leftovers. Your sauce looks delicious, Susan! This recipe looks so tasty. I do know where to go when I need a recipe. Many votes on this one, including UP, of course!

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on March 30, 2012:

Susan, I am the same way - I cannot stand to let anything go to waste, so I create something new with it the next night. :-) I love your sauce recipe. I am saving this one! Votes and shares! :-)

Cindy Lawson from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 30, 2012:

Sounds wonderful Susan, delicious :)

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on March 30, 2012:

I hate throwing away leftovers too! Great way to reduce waste...and sure looks tasty!

Brian Slater from England on March 30, 2012:

Hello Susan, I love the versitility of chicken and are so glad that you have showed how much you can do with it. The pictures look great, voted up awesome :)

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on March 30, 2012:

These look very delicious! I love cooking with chicken: there's so much you can do with it.

Pete Fanning from Virginia on March 30, 2012:

Wow, this looks delicious, for me, I would say serves 1-2 people! This hub is very easy to follow too! Voted up and awesome!