Recipe by Debber
After dinner with Mom at Fazoli's, I altered a recipe from Taste of Home's "Country Chicken" cookbook, and this is the amazingly excellent result. Great for dinner parties and delicious for a week-night supper with the family all around the table!
Top Review by mom_of_4
This was great!! Next time I will cook the pasta for only 1/2 the time suggested on the package to avoid the pasta being too mushy after baking it in the oven. All in all, I thought it tasted pretty good. I did not have biscuit mix, so I used a pancake mix and that worked really well. Next time I will try adding a can of diced tomatoes.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1⁄2 cup biscuit mix
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 4 boneless chicken breast halves
- 1 quart home-made tomato sauce
- 1 (28 ounce) can spaghetti sauce
- 3 -5 garlic cloves, minced (or pressed)
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 12 ounces linguine, cooked & drained (or fettucini)
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese (set aside for later)
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat frying pan to medium high; preheat oven to 350. Grease 13x9 pan with 1 T. of the olive oil.
- In a medium bowl, combine biscuit mix, Parmesan, basil, oregano, garlic and pepper.
- Pull "tenders" from breast halves. Dredge all pieces in the biscuit mixture; pressing it on as necessary.
- Add remaining oil to hot frying pan, and brown the chicken pieces, turning to brown all sides. Remove pan from heat.
- While meat is browning, mix tomato and spaghetti sauces; add garlic & more herbs if you wish. (I'm very heavy-handed with the basil & oregano.).
- Spread a layer of cooked pasta over the bottom (about 1/3 of total pasta) of the 13x9 pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 of the Mozzarella cheese. Spread about a cup of the sauce over this. Repeat twice. (You should have about a cup of cheese left.)
- Lay the chicken pieces over the last layer of pasta-cheese-sauce. Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the meat, sprinkle on the remaining Mozzarella.
- Pop in the oven for 30 minutes; then sprinkle on reserved Parmesan cheese, bake for 10 more minutes.
- SERVE: A small green salad and a few slices of crisp apple or orange or a handful of grapes are delicious accompaniments.
- PLANNED OVERS #1: Whatever meat is left, cut into bite-size pieces, mix thoroughly into remaining pasta, cheese and sauce. At the next meal, you may need to add a few drops of water or sauce to juice it up, but reheated--this works beautifully.
- PLANNED OVERS #2: If no meat is left-over, spread pasta in the bottom of a greased casserole, lay some pepperoni slices over the top, sprinkle with a bit of Cheddar cheese, and bake until bubbly. Sounds like SUPPER!
- SUBSTITUTIONS: Add some chili powder to the sauce (try some salsa in there), minced (dried) onions, lots of black olives, and you have a Taco-y flavored dish instead!