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Chicken 'n Peppers Spaghetti

I hate to admit this, but sometimes I'm just too lazy to cook. It's on such days that I make quick pasta dishes like this Chicken 'n Peppers Spaghetti...
...and by quick, I mean less than 30 minutes including prep and cooking time. I'm really not comfortable with serving frozen ready-to-eat food to my family (though I must admit, I sometimes do and that makes me feel guilty) even though I'm feeling lazy, I still prefer making a simple meal that won't make me feel guilty. This is an example of that. It is very easy to prepare and cook but it's healthy! The chicken and cheese makes this dish a good source of protein, while the peppers (both the bell pepper and Jalapeño) give this dish added vitamins and nutrients like Vitamin A, C and E, potassium and folic acid. Red bell peppers also contain lycopene, which is a carotene that helps to protect against cancer and heart disease. This is really packed with goodness but is so easy which makes it perfect for lazy to cook days!

How about you, do you have any “too lazy to cook recipe”

  • 1 lb spaghetti or any pasta of your choice
  • 2 cups chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and cut into strips
  • 1 to 2 Jalapeño peppers, seeds removed and cut into strips
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 5 Tbsp pure olive oil
  • ½ tsp ground basil
  • ½ tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese and 1/8 cup more for topping
  • salt and pepper

1. Season chicken with 1 Tbsp garlic powder, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Let sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
2. In a large saucepan, cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Reserve about 3 Tbsp of pasta cooking water.
3. In the same saucepan, stir fry chicken in olive oil for about 5 minutes or until cooked. Add the red bell pepper and Jalapeño pepper, and stir fry until the peppers are cook but still crisp. Add remaining garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper to suit your taste. Turn the heat off.
4. Add the pasta, basil, oregano, Parmesan cheese and reserved pasta cooking water. Toss until well combined.
5. Transfer to a serving dish. Top with Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with parsley flakes. 
Note: I love using Jalapeño pepper because of the flavour and "kick" it adds but you can just use green bell pepper in case you don't want the kick. :)

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  1. Always nice to come across a light pasta dish. Pasta does not always have to be soaked with cream sauce to be delicious. All these ingredients are easy to come by, so this would make for a perfect weeknight meal. Also, good to know the nutritional value as well!

  2. Easy pasta dish, but yet packed with flavor - I am IN! I need recipes like this! Thank you, Tina :)

  3. Looks delicious! This is one of my favorite kinds of meals - and I always use Tinkyada gluten-free spaghetti. YUM

  4. Simple, easy and beautifully done! Lovely recipe, Tina! I'm all for quick recipes like this - makes week day meals less of a hassle :-)

  5. Simple pasta dish is always best . Looks delicious Tina.

  6. You can never go wrong with pasta ! Love everything you put in that dish ! Very yummy ! Too lazy to cook recipe ?! I just go with everything stir fried ! :D

  7. I love these quick seems most of my dinners are that way these days :) My family would love this...I don't know why I haven't made a chicken/spaghetti dish looks delish, Tina!

  8. This is what you make when you're feeling lazy? I know it was probably quick, but it sure looks like you spent some time in the kitchen. Bravo!

  9. love such quick fix meals...a very simple yet delicious pasta recipe...

  10. Pasta dishes are always a great go-to, aren't they? I do that too ... a lot. Throw whatever there is together with some pasta and it's always YUM! This looks simple yet delicious!

  11. You know what Tina, you are not lazy at all. This dish can be a really nice dinner for some people like me! Thank you for still sharing the recipe so we can make use of it. =) Any quick meal, please do share! ;-)

  12. Yum! I think my favorite thing is that it is so colorful! Maybe it's the OCD in me but I love having colorful meals on the table :)

  13. it looks like the perfect and i do mean perfect weeknight meal! I love the addition of the peppers

  14. Chicken tastes good in every pasta recipe. You are not lazy, we all have days like that.

  15. This kitchen looks beautifully light and flavoursome my friend :D

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  16. Wonderful pairing of colours, dear! Just dropping by to wish u a Happy Mother's Day with your family & be sure to head over for a mouth-watering dish + some laughter @ Surprise Mom with A Stalk of Abalone Flower On Mother’s Day!

  17. I can identify with you on the lazy cooking days! This looks like a great dish that our whole family would love! I will be making this very soon!

  18. Oh that dish has some pretty colors. I'm totally with you on being lazy sometimes - I usually end up making quick sandwiches lol. I'll have to give this a shot next time though.

  19. I love meals which can be put together quickly and this one is just perfect. Would make for a great dinner tonight.