Oven chicken and linguine

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
½ cup Butter or margarine
1 medium Onion; sliced thin
2 Cloves garlic; minced or pressed
1 tablespoon Dry basil
½ teaspoon Crushed red pepper
8 Chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 lbs. total) rinsed and patted dry
2 packs (10-oz) frozen chopped spinach
8 ounces Linguine or spaghetti
Boiling salted water
1 cup Grated parmesan cheese (about 5 oz.)
Salt
1 small Orange (unpeeled) quartered

Date: Mon, 1 Apr 96 8:33:53 EST submitted by: gourmethim@...

Recipe by: Sunset Fresh Ways with Chicken Cookbook This is one our most favorite, easiest, and fattening chicken recipes. For this whole-meal dish, you bake the chicken, then toss linguine and spinach in the pan drippings.

Melt butter in a 10 by 15 inch rimmed baking pan in a 400 degree (F) oven; then remove pan from oven. Stir onion, garlic, basil, and pepper into butter. Place chicken, skin side down, in butter mixture; then turn over.

Bake, uncovered, until meat near bone is no longer pink when slashed (about 45 minutes).

While chicken bakes, thaw spinach: place it in a 2 to 3 quart baking dish, cover, and set in oven with chicken for about 30 minutes (after about 15 minutes, break into chunks with a fork to speed thawing). Pour thawed spinach into a colander or cheesecloth; squeeze out liquid.

Ten minutes before chicken is done, cook linguine in a large quantity of boiling salted water until al dente (about 13 minutes). Drain.

When chicken is done, lift from pan and keep warm. Add spinach to pan and stir to scrape browned bits free. Add pasta and cheese; lift with 2 forks to mix well. Season to taste with salt.

To serve, mound a portion of the pasta mixture on each of 4 dinner plates; flank with 2 pieces of chicken and an orange wedge. Before eating, squeeze orange over chicken and pasta.

Calories per serving: 546, Total fat: 13 grams (21% of calories), Saturated fat: 5 g, Protein: 48 g, Carbohydrates: 59 g, Cholesterol: 130 mg, Sodium: 603 mg.

Dave and Rita Carmody, Tracy, California, USA DAVE <DAVIDG@...>

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