Sometimes a recipe can just get away from you!


I am trying out some new recipes that I might like to make when Gunny and his family are here the week after the 4th of July.

I cut a recipe out of the newspaper for Asian Chicken, which looked good.  So, I decided to try it for dinner tonight.

Here’s the recipe:

Asian Chicken

8 oz. angel hair pasta, 2 C. small broccoli florets, 1 lb. skinless chicken breasts, cut in thin strips, 1/2 C. Asian toasted sesame dressing, 2 T. soy sauce, 1/4 t. ground ginger, 1/4 t. garlic powder, 1/4 t. crushed red pepper

Cook pasta as directed on package, add broccoli to the boiling water for the last 3 minutes of pasta cooking time. 

Spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray; heat on medium-high.  Add chicken and cook until done, stirring occasionally.  Stir in dressing, soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder and crushed red pepper.  Cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. 

Drain pasta/broccoli and put in large bowl.  Add chicken mixture and mix.  Makes 4 servings.

I planned on making it exactly like the recipe, but then …

… I couldn’t find angel hair pasta, so bought cappellini

… I decided that one of the Steam Fresh microwave bags of broccoli florets was about 2 C. so I decided to use that, instead of cooking raw broccoli in with the pasta

… I bought a 2 lb. package of chicken tenders (the smallest they had), and would cut them into smaller pieces myself

… “Asian toasted sesame dressing”?  Really?  I looked at just about every bottle in the dressing aisle, and couldn’t find any that called themselves that, so I bought the closest thing — Paul Neuman’s Lite Asian Dressing, because it’s ingredients included sesame oil — close enough

And, other than those few variations, I was still on track to make exactly this recipe.

I hadn’t counted on how long it was going to take to cut those chicken tenders into smaller pieces (which I still didn’t get small enough), so the skillet I was heating had to have the very brown cooking spray wiped out of it once and I had to start over again.  Also, because I had two lbs. of chicken and was already cutting up half of it, I decided, “Well, I’ll just double the recipe, so that I can use all the chicken.”  Brilliant!  So, I quick threw the other half of the lb. box of cappellini into the pasta pot too.  And, I got out another bag of the Steam Fresh broccoli and would cook it as soon as the first bag came out of the microwave.  Okay.  So I was on line to double what I was sure would be a delicious dish, and we could have the other half tomorrow night!

P1020164(1)   The result — a verrrry large bowl of Asian chicken.

This is a large mixing bowl and this is about how much double the recipe made — a huge amount.  Unfortunately, when this picture was taken, Hubby and I had already eaten a hearty meal’s worth out of the bowl for dinner, but there still appears to be the same amount left in the bowl!  How can that be?!

Some notes I’ll put on this recipe, so I don’t forget:

* Only double if you’re having eight hearty eaters over for dinner.

* Use half as much pasta and broccoli — the chicken gets lost in the shuffle.

*Cut the chicken in muuuuch smaller pieces.  Ditto the broccoli, and actually do like the recipe said and cook fresh broccoli in with the pasta that has been cut in very small pieces.

This was one of those instances when a recipe sort of got away from me!  We’ll be eating this for days.  And, of course, will then be sick of it by the time Gunny and his family get here, so won’t be making it for them. Sigh.

Next, I’ll be trying a Mexican casserole recipe that a friend at WW gave me.  It looks good, but I’m going to follow the recipe exactly … and I’m NOT going to double it!

3 Responses to Sometimes a recipe can just get away from you!

  1. Hilary says:

    Oh but it sounds delicious. I’d have packaged it up in 2 portion sizes and stuck it in the freezer for when “there’s nothing to eat” <— the call of the teenager. 🙂

  2. Sandra says:

    Hilary — That did occur to me, but I wasn’t sure how to freeze it. I’m on my way to the grocery and will look for those new plastic bags that are made especially to put things in to microwave — maybe they would work. Although, we are going to have it AGAIN tonight for dinner, so maybe we can polish it off this time. Fortunately, Hubby likes it!

  3. lynn says:

    This made me laugh, Sandra! At least you and your hubby liked it. The other extreme is when you make something that’s supposed to serve 8, and find that you and hubby can polish it all off just fine. That one’s a little worrisome, too!

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