DC Chicken

Recipe Adapted From: Jen Shazer
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My friends are awesome! They are starting to share recipes with me because not only do they know how much I love to cook, but they also know I love to try new recipes and make new dinner options for Ken.

I was thrilled to have a Facebook message from my longtime friend, Jen, that was a new recipe. I have been getting back into the kitchen a lot more lately (and even updating me website)! I was eager to try DC Chicken, especially since I had all of the ingredients in my kitchen...BONUS!!!

Jen started out by telling me that even though it is called DC Chicken, she has no idea where the name comes from...so neither do I. She also went on to tell me easy shortcuts for this meal. In the recipe that follows, I will be providing you with the shortcuts. I am all about saving time with a baby in the house.

DC Chicken is very flavorful. I love tomatoes, spinach, chicken and of course, cheese. DC chicken combines all of these ingredients and still takes less time in the kitchen than you would think.

I didn't have plain olive oil (I used garlic flavored) and I didn't have balsamic vinegar (I used white vinegar) and even with those small changes it still was delicious.

Serves   : 4
Prep   : 20 Minutes
Cook   : 1 Hour
Preheat Oven   : 350 Degrees

1 Pound   Boneless Chicken Tenders
1 Package   Chopped Spinach, thawed and drained
1 Can   Diced Tomatoes, with the water drained
1/2 Cup   Olive Oil
3 Tbsp   Balsamic Vinegar
1 Packet   Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix
1 1/2 cup   Shredded Italian Blend Cheese
1/2 Pound   Angel Hair Pasta, cooked according to box directions

Place spinach on bottom of casserole dish. ( you could also use fresh baby spinach, a half bag).
Layer chicken tenders, season with salt and pepper. I also threw a little garlic powder, onion powder and paprika on.
Mix 1/2 cup olive oil and 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar with the packet of Good Seasons Italian dressing.
Pour half of the dressing over the chicken breasts.
Layer diced tomatoes ( or tomato slices).
Top with desired amount of cheese.
Pour additional dressing over cheese.
Cover and bake 45 minutes, uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.
While chicken is baking prepare angel hair pasta according to box directions.
Serve chicken over angel hair pasta.

5/29/2012 5:39:57 PM
Heather! Thanks so much. That's awesome!!! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks to Jen for sharing!! :)
Heather Walker
5/29/2012 4:23:36 PM
PS I have had friends make it with cheese ravioli, angle hair, wheat penne, linguine, and multi-grain bow tie!
Heather Walker
5/29/2012 4:20:51 PM
I HAVE to comment on this because this recipe has made its way to Chippewa and through Beaver County, down to Atlanta GA! More people than I have ever imagined made this just from amazing easy dish from just word of mouth and I can't tell you how many texts I get requesting the website! THANKS so MUCH!
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