A Big Hit {or Why I Created a Fabulous Chicken Dinner On The Fly}

It was 5:30 this evening and Ray called me from work. There was a huge promotion going on at The Old Spaghetti Factory and we could save 41% on all of their classic pasta dishes in celebration of their 41st anniversary – Happy birthday to The Spaghetti Factory! Well, it sounded like a great deal to me, so Ray checked in to see how long it would take for a table. An hour and a half was no good, so we decided to eat in.

I sorta panicked. I really do not like to cook. I love to bake and could bake all day, but cooking is another story. Not sure why this is, especially since my Mom is a fabulous cook and she taught me how to cook, but nonetheless I do not like it. My poor husband.

chicken_dinner Anyway, I couldn’t find any recipes which could help me create something palatable with what I could find in my fridge and pantry. And I couldn’t get a hold of my whiz-of-a-cook-friend, Lori. So I did my best.

Check it out!

I sauteed some chicken in Olive Oil, then added some minced garlic and Italian seasoning. I decided to throw in some artichoke hearts – Ray’s favorite – but thought it was missing something, so I added some diced tomatoes. I topped it with some Parmigiano-Reggiano, and voila – a chicken dinner everyone loved!

The only complaint was that I should have made some pasta, especially since I burned my rice, but my last-minute scramble proved to be a huge success. The best art was that I found all of the ingredients with just a quick sweep through my fridge and pantry.

Perhaps cooking isn’t so bad, after all!

What is the best thing YOU have ever made on the fly?
Would you consider trying my dish?