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chicken amatriciana

when i was a student i regularly ate platefuls of pasta with a fresh tomato sauce (growing up in africa means i have always cooked from scratch and never used jars for things like pasta sauce) and it is still a dish i turn to regularly, sometimes adding anchovies or smoked pancetta to add extra flavour.

when we had a bowl of roast chicken leftovers in the fridge i decided to revisit it and was pleasantly surprised at how nice it can be with the addition of a handful of chicken. i think the key is having a really intensely tomato-flavoured sauce so that the dish packs a punch with very mouthful. i achieved this by using a mix of tinned and fresh vine tomatoes plus a selection of fresh herbs from the garden. this is a great way to make chicken leftovers stretch a bit further than they might otherwise.

i'm sharing this recipe with sara from i'm a food blog who is hosting this weeks presto pasta nights.

chicken amatriciana (serves 2)

pasta for two

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large clove garlic, finely chopped

a pinch of chilli flakes (optional)

400g tin of chopped tomatoes

150g vine tomatoes, chopped

½ a teaspoon of sugar

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

½ teaspoon fresh oregano leaves

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

a couple of handfuls of cooked chicken meat

1 tablespoon basil leaves, shredded

salt & pepper

cook your pasta.

heat the oil and add the garlic and chilli. when you start to smell the garlic cooking add the tomatoes and stir in the sugar, bay leaf, oregano, thyme and balsamic vinegar. simmer until the sauce thickens. remove the bay leaf and add the remaining ingredients, seasoning to taste. serve with the cooked pasta.

Reader Comments (9)

This looks wonderful, great re use of the chicken instead of the standard sandwich or salad. Thanks for sharing it with Presto Pasta Nights this week!
September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara
I cook a lot of pasta as well (and I am a student). It just makes for such an easy, healthy meal! Flavorful tomato sauce can't be beat. I love your addition of balsamic vinegar to the sauce to give it that extra kick.
September 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne
Great use of leftovers
September 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Food Hunter
This is something to try in weekend. Looking awesome.
Its easy, delicious and healthy food. I'll try this weekend and let you about it.
Its a mouthwatering item.
September 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterminceur
Now that's my kind of pasta! THanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.
October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRuth
Really awesome dish.. I love chicken and i surely try this recipe on this sunday .. This seems to very delicious.. Thanks for the recipe.
October 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraminosaure
thanks everyone, it is definitely a keeper recipe for me so i hope you like it too.
October 4, 2009 | Registered Commenterabby
Provate la vera ricetta originale sulla matriciana http://www.matriciana.com
September 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpippomatto
wow - this was amazing and so fresh. I didn't have any oregano but added some sliced green olives and they packed a nice little punch. Definitely keeping this one in the recipe book :)
December 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelli

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