I was excited to find out this month’s Crazy Cooking Challenge was Fried Chicken! You know being a Southern girl, I love me some fried chicken! Mmmmm hmmmm! I had a few ideas of which recipe to make, but hadn’t really settled on any one in particular. Did I want to make a traditional flour breading, a spicy breading … breadcrumbs, panko … cornmeal – maybe some kind of wings?! Too many choices! When Tina emailed us to let us know we pretty much had free reign with this challenge – I was even more excited! I scrapped all the other recipe ideas and decided to make my Italian Chicken with Peperonata & Noodles! You can thank me later! Seriously – this stuff is impressive, but easy! Don’t be intimidated with the idea of making your own sauce … time is the key ingredient – but it is so simple to make (and even better to eat)! 😉
Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the chopped red bell pepper, tomatoes and salt & pepper. Reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, until the peppers are soft. Break up the tomatoes as they cook. Add chicken broth as necessary. Just before serving, cook pasta according to package directions. Add the basil and Italian parsley to the peperonata – check for seasoning and adjust, if necessary.