Italian Chicken Spaghetti with Red Wine Sauce

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I’m not very good about make-ahead meals.  Even though I know they aren’t, they just sort of feel like leftovers to me and I kind of feel robbed of my therapeutic time in the kitchen at the end of the day, but sometimes it is absolutely inevitable (and quite convenient) to have dinner ready in the fridge or crock pot once you get home with only the simple task of heating it up.  The week of our move last month was cuh-ray-z and with literally nothing left in the kitchen, I had to make a few meals ahead of time, so that I could get everything packed and have time to focus on the final “stuff” before loading up and heading south to Nashville once and for all.

I shared the red wine sauce at Christmas with my Lasagna with Homemade Red Wine Sauce, so it was super easy to reference that recipe for this dish.  It is hard to believe that I now have so many recipes chronicled here on the blog that I actually can “reference” them.  Kinda cool…….anyway, the red wine sauce is TO DIE FOR and I had some chicken that needed to be cooked, so rather than use the traditional ground meat for my spaghetti, I baked the chicken in the oven for and tossed it in.  And I guess now it goes without saying that this is an excellent “make-ahead” dish that can easily be reheated on the stove in a large saucepan.  With the longer days of Summer and all the fun things to do in Nashville, perhaps I should get on board with meal planning and make-ahead meals……new challenge?  Maybe……

Italian Chicken Spaghetti with Red Wine Sauce

Italian Chicken Spaghetti with Red Wine Sauce

Ingredients

    For the Red Wine Sauce
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28oz) jar stewed tomatoes (I used a jar from Howell Farms from the Nashville Farmer's Market)
  • 1 cup full-bodied red wine (e.g. Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (can use dried just use 1/3 amount)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped (can use dried just use 1/3 amount)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped (can use dried just use 1/3 amount)
  • Kosher salt & pepper to taste
  • For the Italian Chicken
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 lb whole wheat spaghetti, cooked al dente according to directions on box

Instructions

    For the Red Wine Sauce
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saute pan over medium high heat, brown ground turkey and Italian sausage. Set aside. Add a small amount of oil to the pan and saute garlic and onion until tender. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and wine. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Using a potato masher or fork, slightly mash large chunks of tomato until smooth.
  2. Reduce heat to low and add baked chicken and fresh herbs. Simmer for 1 hour.
  3. For the Italian Chicken
  4. Brush all sides of chicken with olive oil. Cover with Italian seasoning. Season with salt & pepper.
  5. In a 350 degree F oven, place chicken tenders on a cast iron grill pan and cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F about 15-20 minutes, turning a couple of times for even cooking. Let cool and cut into pieces. Add to Red Wine Sauce and serve over al dente spaghetti noodles.
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Comments

  1. Looks good so far. I have been making gravy forever and I am Irish. Put in a bay leaf, leave out the wine. I also add about 1T of sugar. I know some people think that I should add Baking soda but that won’t happen in this house. Wine does not enhance the flavor. I used to put my sausage in my sauce which is fine if I am not freezing it. If you freeze your sauce like I do, the sausage will lose its flavor in the freezing process. I love to make sauce. I make big batches. And as a result I am learning.

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