Ziti with Chicken and Mushrooms

Here is a quick and easy recipe for Ziti with Chicken and Mushrooms that I made last weekend. It’s pretty delicious, and perfect for these crazy temps that we’ve been dealing with the last few weeks!

Ziti with Chicken and Mushrooms
 
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Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or my preferred, bacon grease)
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cubed
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ to ½ tsp crushed red pepper (your desired heat)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 - 8 oz package sliced mushrooms
  • 3 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped (about three tablespoons)
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ pint heavy cream
  • ¼ cup grated romano cheese
  • 3 cups ziti, cooked
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh thyme leaves, optional
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil. Add the cubed chicken breast, oregano, basil, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Saute until browned and fully cooked. Remove the chicken to a plate, leaving as much of the spices and oil as possible in the pan.
  2. Add the mushrooms. Saute until golden brown. Remove to the same plate as the chicken. Add the onions and garlic, saute until the onions are translucent.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a casserole dish with butter or vegetable spray.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, butter, and sugar to the onion mixture. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Add the heavy cream and romano cheese. Mix thoroughly, and add the chicken, mushrooms, and ziti to the sauce. Let simmer until heated through.
  5. Pour into the prepared casserole dish, and top with shredded mozzarella
  6. Bake for about ½ hour or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
  7. Top with a sprinkling of fresh thyme leaves. Serve immediately.

 

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