The cook & me: Chicken & pepperoni pasta

Friday, October 25, 2013 Permalink

Today’s recipe is a bit of a no-brainer. I mean, the next thing you know I’ll be sharing a recipe for boiled eggs. Well, I would if I’d ever boiled an egg. It can’t be that hard though. Everyone does it. Well, except me. Obviously.


The original recipe for today’s dish came from a series of Women’s Weekly Menu Planner cookbooks (circa late 1980s – early 1990s).

Somewhere in my belongings I have all three series of these books which were particularly handy, although (in true – ‘me’ style) I just found a recipe or two I liked and then made them all of the time.

My SIL and brother however, as newlyweds, would sit down each fortnight and plan their menu – almost all of which came from the WW series. Their keenness was handy for me at the time cos I dined with them fairly regularly and got to work out what dishes I liked and might well try myself.

The recipe I’m sharing today is one I rarely made until a few years ago but it was always a favourite. It’s essentially diced chicken and pepperoni cooked in a tomato-based sauce and served with pasta or mash or similar.

Naturally as I can’t find the cookbook I don’t have the exact ingredient amounts but I suspect ANYONE who cooks with any regularity can guess at them. Plus… how boring would it be for me to do ALL of the heavy lifting for you.

Diced raw chicken breast
Sliced pepperoni (etc)
Tinned diced/crushed tomatos / passata etc
Diced onion
Diced tomatoes / capsicum or similar if you so desire
Bit of garlic and some herbs etc

Method (watch out, this is where it gets complicated – #not!)
Heat oil in frypan (or just spray if that’s your thing). Throw in your onion, garlic and herbs and cook until the onion softens. Add your diced chicken and when nearly cooked add the pepperoni and chopped tomato. Once cooked, stir in the tomato-based stuff of your choosing. The consistency is really up to you. I go overboard with the accompanying pasta, so need a bit more liquid. However normal people probably need less – just so it’s a thick mixture and not like a watery stew.

Simmer for a bit and then serve over pasta.

chicken dish

Unsurprisingly my most recent batch varied a little from the basic recipe. I used a tin of cherry tomatoes (cos they’re my fave) and my mother had offloaded on given me some gluten-free chorizo, so I chopped that into slices and added it a bit earlier than I’d usually add the pepperoni (as it needed to be cooked). When I was more health conscious I actually bought the 40% less fat Hungarian Salami and used that instead of the pepperoni (even though it’s very thinly sliced). I’d just chop it into small bits and use more.

I generally serve mine (aka – eat it in front of the TV) with gluten-free pasta and have a fave brand which doesn’t go gluggy (though perhaps oil and salt in the boiling water really does help!). I also sprinkle some cheese (mozzarella is my cheese of choice) on top. Occasionally I’ll also dollop some sour cream on there, but it can dilute the taste a little… and you don’t want that!

And there you have it. It’s surprisingly yummy. The combination of meats is bizarrely delicious and it’s pretty bloody simple.

You’re very welcome.

Next time… boiled eggs.

Does the notion of chicken and pepperoni combined appeal to you?
Do you hate me for being too lazy to find my recipe books and provide ACTUAL amounts?

Today I’m linking up with With Some Grace for Flog Yo Blog Friday!

  • Wendy Parks
    October 25, 2013

    Sounds yummy!
    And I love your recipe – it reads like I cook! Who measures ingredients for a recipe like this anyway?

    • Debbish
      October 26, 2013

      I know… right?! Glad you agree!


  • Jess
    October 25, 2013

    I eyeball everything I cook! Can’t handle measuring stuff’

    • Debbish
      October 26, 2013

      I don’t have a great sense of ‘amounts’ or ‘size’ so if it’s a new recipe I’d measure… but otherwise… meh!

  • Char
    October 26, 2013

    Those recipe books brought back memories. They were all the rage back when I got married and I must say I used them quite a few times for inspiration. One of my favourite recipes was banana ice cream which basically was frozen banana blended up with a bit of honey and cinnamon. Strangely, it did taste like ice cream but without the guilt.

    • Debbish
      October 26, 2013

      Ugh re the banana thing. And yes I think those books were quite big back then. I still have them somewhere as I remember packing them up a year ago. I’m not a big user of recipe books so they’re probably all stored somewhere. I had a few fave dishes and still make a chicken recipe with lemon, mustard and peppercorn sauce from them!

  • Lou Lou
    October 27, 2013

    This looks super tasty and very fitting for the Swedish autumn weather I find myself in. I’m a fan of the old dollop of sour cream. I love it!

    • Debbish
      October 27, 2013

      It’s a bit of a different variation on the ‘meat and pasta’ recipe, isn’t it?

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    October 27, 2013

    I ADORE that you didn’t write the actual amounts – made me laugh and who has time for cook books anyhow – or cooking for that matter. Gotta go my boiled egg is burning 😉

    • Debbish
      October 27, 2013

      See… now I’m wondering if boiled eggs can burn. And how would you know?! Would it explode? (May really have to try boiling an egg one day!)

  • EssentiallyJess
    October 27, 2013

    Oh I like the sound of this. I love any kind of tomato based pasta though!

    • Debbish
      October 29, 2013

      Yes Jess, it’s simple and yummy – and a little bit different!

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