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Creamy Chicken, Sun-dried Tomatoes & Pasta Skillet Dinner ~ New 31 Days of Skillet Dinners Recipe! - $5 Dinners




Creamy Chicken, Sun-dried Tomatoes & Pasta Skillet Dinner ~ New 31 Days of Skillet Dinners Recipe!

Creamy Chicken, Sundried Tomato & Pasta Skillet Dinner 5DollarDinners.com

Holy flavor explosion.

I made this two days in a row last week. Once for my husband and I (and the non-dairy allergic boy!)…and again for our neighbors because they had a recent surgery and needed a warm home cooked meal after a few days of hospital food!

But I confess that the reason I made this for them is because I wanted to sneak a few bites, in the name of quality control!!!, before delivering it to them! {hehe}

I don’t cook meals that are dairy-based often…but when I do…I go big!

How this recipe came to be…

  • I had leftover pasta from the latest Costco meal plan.
  • I found a great deal on sun-dried tomatoes. ($1.85 for the 3.5 oz. bag!) I usually don’t buy or cook with them because they’re expensive. (But the flavor they add might be worth the extra expense!)
  • I also found a ‘reduced for quick sale’ package of ‘chicken for milanesa’ – which is basically chicken breast that has already been pounded out into a thin piece. I just cut them into smaller pieces so they would be easier to eat after it all cooked up.
  • I had shredded mozzarella cheese in the freezer from recent sale!

Add it all up…and this is what you get!

(Promise…this is the last of the iphone picts. SD card has been found…and hopefully Mr. Cuatro won’t run off with it again!)

Creamy Chicken, Sundried Tomato & Pasta Skillet Dinner

Season and saute.

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Then add the tomatoes.

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Saute until chicken is cooked through.

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Transfer to plate.

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In the same skillet, make the creamy sauce.

Milk, cheese, cheese, seasoning.

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Stir and let bubble.

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Once it has ‘thickened’ after a few minutes, it will stick to the spatula. Then…

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Add in the chicken and tomatoes.

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And pasta.

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Give it a big old swirl.

And good luck beating each other to the leftovers…we had some leftover and I went to grab it from the fridge for lunch the next day and my husband had taken it for his lunch!!!!

Hence why I had to make it again right away for our neighbors!

This is the last new recipe in the 31 Days of Skillet Dinners series we’ve been doing this month. I hope you enjoy this meal, and all the others we’ve shared!

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Creamy Chicken, Sun-dried Tomatoes & Pasta Skillet

Adapted from: Julia’s Album

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 20  minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. medium shell pasta noodles, like penne or fusili
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, sliced thin
  • 3.5 oz. bag sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh veggies, as side dish

Directions

  • Cook the pasta as directed, then drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, season the chicken pieces and saute them until cooked through. Once about half way cooked through, add the sundried tomatoes and let them saute with the chicken. You don’t want them to saute long, as you don’t want to burn them. Once the chicken has cooked through, transfer the chicken and tomatoes to a plate.
  • In the same skillet, add the milk, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and some salt and pepper. Bring to bubbling over low heat. Sauce will thicken.
  • Once thickened mix in the chicken and tomatoes and the cooked pasta.
  • Serve Creamy Chicken, Sun-dried Tomato & Pasta Skillet with side of veggies.
  
    
 
 

Sunday Coupon Preview – February 1

Want a sneak peak at what coupons are in this Sunday’s paper?

There is scheduled to be Smart Source and 1 Red Plum in this weekend’s paper.

  • $0.25/1 Ajax Dish Liquid, 25 oz or Larger, or Auto Dish Pacs – 2-1-15 SS (exp 02/21/15)
  • $1.00/2 Barilla Italian-Style Entrees – 2-1-15 RP (exp 04/26/15)
  • $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Box or Pouch Potatoes; Excludes Buds – 2-1-15 SS (exp 03/28/15)
  • $0.75/1 Betty Crocker Helper Regular or Ultimate Skillet Dishes – 2-1-15 SS (exp 03/28/15)
  • $0.50/2 Dole Canned Fruit – 2-1-15 SS (exp 04/30/15)
  • $0.50/1 Eggland’s Best Eggs – 2-1-15 SS (exp 05/01/15)
  • $3.00/2 Ensure Multipacks – 2-1-15 SS (exp 03/29/15)
  • B2G1 FREE Milk, Up to $4 Value wyb (2) Post Grape Nuts, Great Grains, Raisin Bran or Shredded Wheat, 10 oz or Larger or Grape Nuts Granola, 11 oz or Great Grains Snack Mix, 7.05 oz – 1-18-15 SS (exp 03/01/15)
  • $0.50/1 Frigo Cheese Heads, 12 ct or Larger – 2-1-15 SS (exp 03/14/15)
  • $0.75/1 General Mills Cheerios Ancient Grains Cereal – 2-1-15 SS (exp 03/14/15)
  • $0.65/1 Hills Bro Cappuccino, 12 oz or Larger – 2-1-15 SS (exp 03/31/15)
  • $0.55/1 Kikkoman Product; DND – 2-1-15 SS (exp 04/30/15)
  • $1.00/2 Maruchan Bowls – 2-1-15 SS (exp 07/31/15)
  • $1.00/3 Maruchan Yakisoba Products – 2-1-15 SS (exp 07/31/15)
  • $0.50/1 Minute Rice Product – 2-1-15 SS (exp 04/30/15)
  • $0.75/2 Nabisco Oreo Cookie Packages, 10.5 oz or Larger – 2-1-15 SS (exp 03/21/15)
  • $2.00/1 Nutella Jar, 13 oz or Larger – 2-1-15 SS (exp 03/30/15)
  • $0.50/3 Progresso Canned Soups – 2-1-15 SS (exp 03/28/15)
  • $1.00/2 Spam Products, 12 oz – 2-1-15 SS (exp 03/30/15)
  • $1.00/1 Sunsweet Plumsmart or Plumsmart Light, 48 oz; DND – 2-1-15 SS (exp 04/12/15)

Learn more about how the Coupon Preview can help you spend less at the grocery store!

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Orange Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry ~ 31 Days of Skillet Dinner Recipes

Orange Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry | 5DollarDinners.com

As I look back at all that we’ve shared in this skillet dinners series, we didn’t feature enough stir-fry meals. (Sorry about that!) To make up for it, we’ll share more on the website soon. But for now, we’ve got this delicious Orange Ginger Chicken Stirfry.

It’s not your typical restaurant Orange Chicken because I didn’t coat the chicken in breading. Partly because I just like to keep things simple. This is a delicious non-breaded version with a hint of ginger that perfectly compliments the orange flavors. Because the orange juice is tart, you might need to add more sugar than suggested…that will depend on your taste buds :)

Hope you enjoy this fakeout-takeout dinner!

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Costco Top Deals for February 2015: Tyson Chicken, Pull-Ups, Cottonelle, Brawny, Gain + More

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Have you seen our Costco Meal Plans yet? We’ve got SIX of them including our latest featuring all slow cooker freezer packs! It’s a great way to save on dinners, using bulk ingredients from Costco!!! Included are a price list, shopping list, full recipes, assembly instructions, printable labels, and more!

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Plus, Costco Store Deals and all the coupon match-ups for dozens of other stores are available on our Store Page every week!

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Here are the top deals at Costco for this coupon cycle:
Costco Coupon Booklet – Prices valid 1/29 – 2/22 and may vary by store

Baby Food & Care

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Huggies Pull-Ups, 72 – 96 ct – $29.99

Includes: 2T/3T, 96 ct; 3T/4T, 86 ct; 4T/5T, 72 ct

  • $6.00/1 Huggies Pull-Ups, 2T – 3T, 3T – 4T, and 4T – 5T; Limit 2 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 1/29/15) – (exp. 02/22/15)
Final Price: $23.99

Breakfast & Cereal

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Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, 2 ct 38.25 oz bags – $7.69

  • $2.00/1 Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, 2/38.25 oz; Limit 2 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 1/29/15) – (exp. 02/22/15)
Final Price: $5.69

Frozen Foods

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Tyson Panko Breaded Chicken Nuggets, 5 lbs – $12.49

  • $4.00/1 Tyson Panko Chicken Nuggets, 5 lb; No Limit – Costco Coupon (Valid from 1/29/15) – (exp. 02/22/15)
Final Price: $8.49

Grains, Pasta & Sides

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Prego Heart Smart Sauce, 2 ct 67 oz jugs – $7.89

  • $2.30/1 Prego Heart Smart Sauce, 2/67 oz; No Limit – Costco Coupon (Valid from 1/29/15) – (exp. 02/22/15)
Final Price: $5.59

Home Supplies

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Brawny Mega Pick-A-Size Paper Towels, 15 ct 127 sheet rolls – $19.99

  • $4.00/1 Brawny Mega Pick-A-Size Paper Towels, 15/127 Sheets; Limit 2 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 1/29/15) – (exp. 02/22/15)
Final Price: $15.99

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Cascade Advanced Power Gel, 125 oz – $9.49

  • $2.00/1 Cascade Advanced Power Gel, 125 oz; Limit 1 Per Household – Costco Coupon (Valid from 1/29/15) – (exp. 02/22/15)
Final Price: $7.49

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Cottonelle Ultra Bath Tissue, 36 ct 225 sheets rolls – $18.99

  • $4.30/1 Cottonelle Ultra Bath Tissue, 36/225 Sheets; Limit 4 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 1/29/15) – (exp. 02/22/15)
Final Price: $14.69

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Duracell 9V Batteries, 8 ct – $15.89

  • $3.00/1 Duracell 9V Coppertop Batteries, 8 ct; Limit 10 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 1/29/15) – (exp. 02/22/15)
Final Price: $12.89

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Finish Powerball All-in-One Tabs, 110 ct – $14.29

  • $3.00/1 Finish Powerball All-in-1 Tabs, 110 ct or Jet-Dry, 32 oz; Limit 5 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 1/29/15) – (exp. 02/22/15)
Final Price: $11.29

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Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent, 146 loads, 225 oz – $21.89

  • $4.00/1 Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent, 225 oz 146 ld; Limit 1 Per Household – Costco Coupon (Valid from 1/29/15) – (exp. 02/22/15)
Final Price: $17.89

Personal Care

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Dove Body Wash, 3 ct 24 oz bottles – $12.99

  • $3.00/1 Dove Body Wash, 3/24 oz; Limit 2 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 1/29/15) – (exp. 02/22/15)
Final Price: $9.99

Refrigerated

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Activia Probiotic Yogurt Variety Pack, 24 ct 4 oz cartons – $9.59

  • $3.50/1 Activia Probiotic Yogurt Variety Pack, 24/4 oz; No Limit – Costco Coupon (Valid from 1/29/15) – (exp. 02/22/15)
Final Price: $6.09
Click here to see the complete list for Costco!
  
    
 
 

Checkout 51: Save on Fresh Avocados, Bananas, Limes, and Tomatoes

Save on Avocados, Bananas, Limes, and Tomatoes | www.5dollardinners.com

New coupons have been added to the free coupon app, Checkout 51, including savings on the following items:

  • Avocados, any variety = cash back 25¢
  • Bananas, any brand excluding frozen = cash back 25¢
  • Limes, any fresh = cash back 25¢
  • Tomatoes, any fresh, excludes canned = cash back 25¢

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Before you head over to the grocery store, check out these 5 ideas to make the best Guacamole! And, they use all the produce savings above except bananas, which would be weird in guacamole.

All these are part of Checkout 51’s ongoing “Pick Your Own Offer” program. In the offer list, look for one called “Pick your own offer.” Click it to see a bunch of offers to choose from. Click the one you want and it will be automatically added to your list.

Check out the free grocery app, Favado, to see where Avocados, Bananas, Limes, and Tomatoes are on sale for you to save this week!

Sign up and save with Checkout 51 today!

Remember that some offers are regional, but the more you use Checkout 51, the more offers will be available to you.

See all the details to maximize your savings with Checkout 51 here!