By: Johanna Marano April 2, 2017
If you are familiar with Facebook, or even Buzzfeed, I am sure the name Tasty will ring a bell. I hope I am not alone when I tell you how much I love and appreciate Tasty. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, let me express my sincere condolences to you because you are missing out. I highly suggest you look up Tasty and discover all the deliciousness you have been denying yourself.
So for those who do not know, Tasty is a brilliant company that provides incredible recipes for “food that’ll make you close your eyes, lean back, and whisper ‘yessss’”. I am always looking to see what exciting recipes have been posted. If it is something I find interesting, I typically share the post and tag my sister in it. See, my family is really big in trying new recipes. And by new, I mean containing things we typically eat that are just presented in a new and exciting way.
We typically go for dishes that contain ingredients like chicken, pasta, buffalo sauce, cheese, onions, or corn. We wouldn’t go for some dinner containing seafood for example. Also when we decide on a recipe, we sometimes tweak it to fit our liking. For example, we may not use the full amount of buffalo sauce or spices – some people in my family are a little more sensitive to hot and spicy foods than others.
A few days ago, Tasty posted a recipe for a One-Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta. From the looks of the video, it seemed as though the whole family would enjoy it. The ingredient list consisted of the following:
- 3 Tbsp. oil
- 3 chicken breasts, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 Tbsp. cumin
- 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 5 cups milk
- 4 cups penne pasta
- 1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
It had many of the ingredients we all loved – chicken, pasta, cheese, and onions. We often make fajitas, where we each build our own with the ingredients of our choice, so this seemed as though it would just be a twist on the meal we love. Instead of using tortillas as our starch, we would be using pasta. The only questionable ingredients were the spices.
So while cooking, I decided to not use the full amount of each spice in case it was too hot for those who are sensitive. I initially went for 1 tsp. of the chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. However, as I continued to cook, I added a few more sprinkles of the chili powder and cumin. I did not add anymore garlic powder because I was out and did not feel like searching for a new container within the cupboard. Also, we failed to have penne pasta in the house; instead, I decided to use rotini, which is a spiral shaped. No biggie, for the shape of the pasta had no bearing on the taste of the dinner.
Overall, the dinner was absolutely fantastic! And will definitely be added to our recipe book to be made again in the future. Personally, I think that the full amount of spices could have been used to just enhance the taste a little bit more. The dinner was not tasteless by any means, but it was certainly not as flavorful as it should’ve been. The fam also agreed that next time the full measurement could be used because there was clearly enough food for the flavors to get evenly distributed to without being over spicy.
The other really great aspect of this dinner was that it was all made in one pot. With that said, you hit all the major food groups in one dish. There was protein, vegetables, dairy, and carbohydrates all in one. But do you want to know my favorite part of a one-pot meal? It means less dishes to wash later!! That’s one of the great features of most of Tasty’s dishes. They are typically not overly complicated or time consuming to make, in addition to not dirtying too many dishes.
This dinner was simple enough, especially if you are busy and do not have an extensive amount of time to spend in the kitchen. Cook the chicken in a pot. Remove the chicken, to then cook the peppers and onions – in the same pot. Once that is cooked, put the chicken back in to the pot, with all the spices. After that is all combined, the milk and pasta were added. This cooked until the pasta was done and the sauce thickened. Then the cheese was stirred in and it was ready to serve. *This was very much an abridged version of the recipe. Please see the link below for the full recipe.*
I would for sure recommend this recipe to anyone who enjoys fajitas but is looking for a twist on this classic item. It is also ideal for someone who wants a simple and not overly time consuming meal to fix up.
To view the full recipe on Buzzfeed, click the following link: