Szechuan Chicken

   I ♥ this pasta dish. It's a copy-cat version of the one I order all the time at The Pasta Factory ( which is a popular, locally owned restaurant where I live) This is one of the few healthy choices there, and it is so yummy!

   I came up with this version the first year Kale and I were married. We love it, and he always requests it! The winning ingredient is the Yoshida's Gourmet Marinade Sauce. It's that same great sauce I use for our favorite Oriental Chicken Salads

   This dish is loaded with grilled chicken and veggies! I like to use whole wheat Linguine to go with it, but you could always use the plain kind if you're not a fan of the wheat. Either way, this pasta is a winner!

Szechuan Chicken
Recipe by: Holly Lofthouse

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup Yoshida's Original Gourmet Marinade (found at Costco and Albertsons)
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 green bell pepper, diced (seeds and ribs removed)
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 cup broccoli florets, steamed/cooked
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon paprika 
8 ounces (1/2 lb) Linguine noodles

Directions: Fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the linguine noodles and cook according to package directions. (While noodles are boiling, start cooking the chicken.)

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the diced chicken and cook until chicken turns white and is no longer pink on the inside. About 10-12 minutes.

In a small skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute until soft. (10 minutes or so) Once softened add to the cooked chicken.

Once chicken is completely cooked, pour in the gourmet sauce, minced garlic and paprika. Stir well. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook for 5-8 more minutes, or until marinade is thoroughly heated and slightly thickened. Add in the cooked broccoli last.

When linguine is done cooking drain the water and then add noodles into the chicken/marinde mixture. Stir to combine and then serve in individual bowls.
Enjoy ♥

(Makes 4-6 servings)


Amy said...

Holly, I completely sympathize. I've not been eating too well since the beginning of the new year. And watching The Biggest Loser doesn't help anything. ;)

That being said, this dish makes me want to eat all things green. It looks absolutely delicious, and I've gotta find that marinade!

Indie.Tea said...

The Szechuan chicken sounds healthy :) I know what you mean about eating more/less healthy when you want to improve...something about forbidding yourself makes things more tempting!

Michael and Lindsey said...

Haha that Oreo Brownie Sundae is so hard to resist! Now I've gotta get me some of that sauce. I know you've always been a fan of it! This meal looks incredible Holl!

Carrian said...

I have never heard of pasta factory, but this sounds wonderful!

HollyL said...

Thanks for all your comments : )

Carrian- Pasta factory is a very popular,locally owned restaurant down here in Southern Utah (St. George) It is sooo good! : )

Mandy said...

Sounds so good! We could be best friends, we have such the same taste. Love your header by the way!

HollyL said...

Mandy you are so right! I swear I think I love every dish on your blog (as you can tell Ive posted a ton of them on mine..ha) My new header was inspired by your old one!

DessertForTwo said...

Does it help to know that no one is sticking to their new year's diet? :)

Val said...

I've been eating good for one day and the next day I eat bad. I like to tell myself it's a healthy balance. One day on and one day off. haha. This recipe looks great!

Kay Heritage said...

This looks wonderful, Holly! I think we all have been eating terribly during holidays. Well, good thing a New Year is here and we can all start anew! :)

carolinahearstrings said...

This looks amazing. I am definitely going to give it a try.

Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said...

Oh I love Mr. Yoshida's Sauce. It makes the best stir frys. I can't wait try this recipe.

Jolynn McCormick said...

I am just wondering how many your recipes serve? We have a family of 7 :)

Holly said...

Jolynn- I apologize getting back to you so late, as I just noticed this comment. I would imagine this serves around 6. :)

Mo K said...

What a beautiful blog, Holly! Just discovered you via Pinterest, and had to try the Szechuan Chicken. First time trying Mr. Yoshida's sauce, too. It rocks! Hubs and I thoroughly enjoyed. I used a little less chicken, added diced carrots & celery and fresh spinach. Bookmarked your website and will be back again and again. :-)

Rebecca Berman said...

I just love your blog - so far 3 for 3 - my family loves your recipes and I love how easy and nutritious they are -- THANK YOU