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

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 12, 2010

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_dinnerAnyway, 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?

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori January 12, 2010 at 11:16 pm

YOU GO GIRL! It sounds delish but I have never ate artichoke hearts…

I would definitely try your dish. As far making something on the fly….hmmmm…..I don’t usually do anything new. Hamburgers are quick. I have thrown squash, zucchini, ground beef, and taters together….it was okay.


Stephanie@The Blue Zoo January 13, 2010 at 1:34 am

Mmmm! That sounds so yummy!! I dont think my kids would like the artichoke hearts.. But I will make it for my hubby sometime!


Sara Rose January 13, 2010 at 1:47 am

That sounds sooo good, I will definitely try that but substitute the diced tomatoes for some sun dried tomatoes. Humm wonder if I have all those ingredients in my pantry… nope have to go grocery shopping. Mac and cheese is a quick dinner around here, that and tacos.
Thanks for the idea, wish you invited us for dinner :o)
xoxo Sara


PippaD January 13, 2010 at 4:49 am

That looks Scrummy! I made a dinner the other night in much the same way and it was the best meal ever!


Tracy @HallofFameMoms January 14, 2010 at 9:55 am

Sounds great to me and easy. I like artichoke hearts like as in spinach-artichoke dip but I think my husband might be picking them out and setting them aside on his plate. That is…unless I could make them unnoticeable ;)


rachel-asouthernfairytale January 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm

We adore artichoke hearts!

MOST of my favorite meals end up developing on the fly p;) crazy pasta dishes, casserole bakes and the like ;-)

That dish is right up our alley! You go, girlie ;-)


Nicole January 17, 2010 at 11:14 pm

That looks so good. Gonna have to try it.


kristin March 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I remember reading this, accidents are sometimes the best things to happen to dinners. YUM!
.-= kristin´s last blog ..Easter Brunch At McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants =-.


dddiva January 17, 2012 at 12:45 am

I do that all the time but mine isn’t from lack of enjoying cooking, it’s not knowing what I’ll be in the mood for when dinnertime rolls around. The best thing I ever made up is something the girls call eggplant yum (basically the best parts of eggplant parm & baked ziti but easier!) and then something we never got around to naming and it just became that glop crap you made that time. (We all enjoy it and we all know what we’re talking about though I’d make up a name before blogging it or serving to guests. ;)

Yours looks really good- I might add some olives and I like the pasta idea, but it sounds like foods we all like around here.


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