Vegetarian Chicken in Hot Pepper Sauce Recipe



Vegetarian Chicken in Hot Pepper Sauce Recipe

Vegetarian Chicken in Hot Pepper Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:
5 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup torn basil leaves
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1 medium zucchini, finely cubed
salt and pepper
12 ounces penne pasta
freshly grated parmesan cheese, to serve (optional)
2 -3 sweet red peppers, seeded and roughly chopped (approx ¾ -1 lb)
2 -3 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons slivered almonds or 3 tablespoons ground almonds
1 -2 red chili pepper, roughly chopped,seeds removed
½ cup stock
½ cup evaporated milk
1 package Morningstar chicken strips
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 medium onion, roughly chopped

Preparation Instructions:
Put the first 6 ingredients in your blender or food processor and process into a paste/pulp. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or Dutch oven, when hot enough pour the pepper paste in and on a medium high heat fry for 10 minutes. Add the milk and chicken stock. Then add the chicken and stir, add the zucchini a few minutes later. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 10- 15 minutes or until the chicken is tender. In the meantime cook the pasta according package instructions, drain when cooked, and put in a large warm dish. Check the seasoning of the chicken dish, If you find the sauce too thick you can add some more chicken stock, it depends how much moisture the zucchini will release, add half of the basil, mix and put half of the chicken on top of the pasta, mix, then pour over the remaining. Sprinkle the rest of the basil on top together with the pine nuts. Serve.

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