Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ground Chicken Goulash

Ground chicken replaces beef, in this quick and easy goulash pasta.

Hun... What's for Dinner? | Ground Chicken Goulash

Lately I feel like I've lost my cooking Mojo. I just do not feel like being in the kitchen and cooking. I think my lack of meal planning has a big part to play in this, because I'm always debating what I should take out of the freezer and by 3pm, I'm left with nothing thawed which in turn diminishes my desire to cook even more. We've had a few rainy days over the past few weeks, so one night I decided to throw together a goulash. I had picked up several packs of ground chicken for only $1 per pack (I can't say enough how great it is to shop the manager discount section in the meat department!), so I went with ground chicken, rather than beef. You could hardly taste the difference.

I used our favourite pasta sauce (Bravo brand here in Canada), which made this dinner come together in about 20 minutes. I added some wonderful red pepper and cremini mushrooms, to make the goulash heartier. The kiddos loved it and the leftovers were twice as good, the next day for lunch. Hubby didn't even realize it was ground chicken, until I mentioned something to him. I love dishes that come together in a snap and hit the spot. Especially when you've been in a cooking rut.

Hun... What's for Dinner? | Ground Chicken Goulash

Ground Chicken Goulash

1 lb ground chicken (mine was a combination of breast and thighs)
8 oz cremini mushrooms, cleaned and cut into quarters
1 red pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp celery salt
a pinch of sea salt
fresh ground pepper
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
2 C marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)
12 oz box of macaroni pasta
Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add in pasta, reduce heat and cook according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and once it begins to ripple, add in the ground chicken. Cook, breaking up the meat, until browned; about 5 minutes. Season with garlic powder, celery salt and ground pepper; cook for another minute.

Add in the onion, red pepper and mushrooms. Cook until onions become soft and translucent; about 5 minutes. Season everything with oregano, basil and a pinch of sea salt.

Add in marinara sauce, stir to combine and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add drained pasta and toss together to coat. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.


Meal Plannin Maven said...

Your goulash recipe is a perfect example of how to get a great dinner on the table that everybody loves with little fuss. I love the use of ground chicken and hope to try your recipe soon!

Nettie Moore said...

Looks really delicious Loo Hoo! I always use beef and I like that you switched it up with chicken, this dish is a must try! Nettie