Thursday, August 17, 2017

Brainy Chicken Scallopini

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Frugality is not a common word these days and yet it should be. There is nothing wrong with getting the most from your food dollar. Being frugal is about not wasting time and money on ingredients.

The Brainy Gourmet blog promotes using what you have in terms of basic food items and adding to that when you can. Check out the basic pantry list on the right side margin of this blog. And, get cooking being brainy in the kitchen.

Today, is Wednesday and its Italian night. Yet, nearly every other night at our house is Italian night. That is because I am half Italian. To begin making this dish - Chicken Scallopini, you will need to buy: boneless, skinless chicken thighs. You can buy with skin on and bone in, removing them yourself. Its cheaper as in 'frugal' to buy that way.

Pound down the thighs and pat both sides with bread crumbs. Saute onion in olive oil and dried Italian herbs. Push aside the onion, add a dollop of butter to the same skillet, turn up the heat to med. and lay in the thighs. Brown on both sides and bring back the onion over the top. To that add 3-4 tbs of capers, 3-4 tbs of pimento (or diced roasted red pepper) and 1/4 cup of heavy cream along with 2 tsp of tomato paste for a rich creamy sauce. *Note- buy tomato paste in a tube. This way you can keep in the fridge for many uses until it runs out.

Prepare angel hair pasta as the sauce bubbles slowly.

~ Tutti a Tavola!

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