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Chicken Pasta Skillet

7 Jan

This is a great week night dinner. Keep frozen chicken breast tenderloins on hand to whip this up in a hurry.

12 oz uncooked linguine

2 pounds Chicken breast strips

1 TBSP Cajun seasoning

1 -1/4 tsp salt, divided

1/4 cup butter

1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 small green bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 (8 oz) carton fresh mushrooms, sliced

2 green onions, light green and white part only, sliced

1 -1/2 cups half and half

1/2 tsp lemon pepper

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Sprinkle chicken evenly with Cajun seasoning and 1 tsp salt. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken, and saute 5 to 6 minutes or until done. Remove from pan and add bell peppers, mushrooms, and green onions to skillet, and saute 9 to 10 minutes or until tender and liquid evaporates.

Return chicken to skillet; stir  in half and half and next 3 ingredients, add 1/4 tsp salt. Cook stirring often, over medium-low heat 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Add pasta; toss to coat.

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Boiled Peanuts

7 Jan

2 pounds dried raw peanuts ( in shells)

1/2 cup salt

Soak peanuts in water to cover in a large stock pot at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Weigh pea nuts down with a heavy plate so that nut are totally sub-merged; Drain and rinse.

place nuts and salt in stock pot with 4 1/2 quarts water; bring to a boil over high heat. Cover,reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 6 hours or until tender, adding water as needed; stir occasionally. remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour. Drain before eating

Cajun Peanuts: Add 1/2 cup Cajun seasoning  to the soaking liquid; then add 7 TBSP liquid Cajun crab boil to pot before cooking

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