Friday, 4 February 2011

A quick Friday night meal

I had a whole other post planned for today, but the day was super crazy, as the rest of the week. So tonight, I felt like a good meal, but not like cooking one. Hence, I took a look at what was in the fridge and freezer and made something out of it, based on a recipe I have used before. I had cooked, frozen chicken and a whole baked butternut. I also had some great quality pasta - this is essential as ordinary hard pasta will not give the same result.

Cooked white chicken meat, cut into pieces
Butternut - when raw, bake for 30 minutes salted and with black pepper. If cooked, grill with salt and black pepper until brown.
Fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips.
Garlic - about two cloves. Crushed.
100g butter. Margerine will nto work.
About two circles of feta cheese.
Fresh or good quality pasta.

Place butternut in the oven and roast / grill until brown edges show.
When almost done, put water on and cook pasta until el dente.
At the same time, heat butter in a small pan and add garlic until it makes bubbles.
Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes.
When the past is done, drain and add the butter mixture. Toss with the basil, butternut and feta cheese.
Season with salt and pepper and enjoy with a light white wine.

It was truly great and I will definitely make it again. The butternut and pumpkin provides a great sweet and salty taste contrast enhanced with the great taste of basil - my favorite herb. It is super quick and easy. I think some pine nuts will be a great addition, but I had none left.


  1. Yum! Except for the butternut, I think I have all the ingredients to make this dinner tonight. I do agree about the butter. We don't even buy margarine. Haven't had it in the house ever. I don't think it's really even food. I will eat anything with basil. Basil makes the world a better place. Bon Appetit!

  2. Yummy.

    This is very similar to my butternut/chicken pasta dish. Think i may make it tonight.

    Yum yum yum. Pine nuts are definately a key ingreadient!

  3. Yummy!!!
    Next time, try it with baby spinach instead of the butternut... just as yum!

  4. I'm going to make this when butternut comes back into season sounds divine....xx

  5. Made this last night. Added giant mushrooms and the pine nuts. Dean made fresh pasta and it was divine. Used the sundried tom feta from woolies - yum yum yum!

    thanks for the inspiration xxx

  6. Yum! Love seeing recipies and have been meaning to do about 1 a week on mine, but that hasn't happened yet:) Thanks for the idea. I just got butternut squash today and have chicken I had cooked in the crockpot left over. Too funny! Might have to try this. Just wanted to stop by and say hello!


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