Follow the recipe strictly… “OK.” Said, no one, ever.

I love baking, like a crazy fat kid desiring cake, type of love. Ever since pinterest came around, my creativity went from a spark to an explosion – and many days my kitchen looks like there has been some sort of explosion within it.

Recipes are more like guidelines in my little kitchen. When I find a recipe that has an ingredient that I don’t like, or do not have, I simply omit it from my creation. A dash of this, and a bit of that, more of this, and less of that… and soon ohhhhh, I really like that! Yes, sometimes this can be quite hazardous, but most times it turns out delicious!

This week, I made the most delicious chicken and pasta that I have ever tasted. Orgasmic, I tell you. This “recipe” served two with left over pasta sauce.

1 chicken breast
5 fat juicy tomatoes
Minced garlic
Italian bread crumbs
Basil leaves
Black pepper
Lemon Juice
Balsamic vinegar
Parmesan + Mozzarella cheese

Slice chicken breast in half, thickness wise. Place in container and marinade with balsamic vinegar. Wash tomatoes and slice in half, removing stems. Cut two slices off of one of the tomatoes, and place in a container with balsamic vinegar to marinade as well. Place remaining tomatoes in a crock pot on high, dice one handful of basil leaves into small chucks and garnish over the tomatoes. Add a spoonful of minced garlic (2 tbsp-ish), a dash of black pepper, a couple squirts of lemon juice, a dash of balsamic vinegar, and about quarter of a cup of Italian bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Let these bake on medium in the crock pot for a few hours (the longer the better!)

After browsing pinterest for a few hours, picking up the kids from school, or catching up on your favorite mellow-drama, and are ready to get dinner on the table, start preparing pasta and begin cooking the chicken. When the chicken has only a few minutes left (be aware, the thinner the chicken the faster it cooks!), take your marinaded tomato slices our and place on a lined baking sheet (parchment paper works best). Garnish tomatoes with a few basil leaves, a dash of garlic, and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, broil on high until cheese is melty.

Place broiled tomatoes on top of each chicken breast. Mix the pasta sauce in the crock pot with a fork to crush tomatoes, then toss pasta with sauce. Serve and enjoy!

Makes for a deliciously light summer meal!