What’s Cooking: Megan Salois Whips Up Savory Dish for National Linguine Day

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Meteorologist Megan Salois shares a recipe for National Linguine Day. It’s called Easy Chicken Cacciatore over Linguine.

A fun fact from Megan: linguine means “little tongues” in Italian. The pasta is one of the oldest pasta varieties, first made nearly 400 years ago. It is a thin, flat noodle and more delicate than other pastas. It is best to use a thin or light sauce. 

Use linguine to make this Quick Chicken Cacciatore for your family. To make it more adult friendly, you can exchange the chicken breast patties for a grilled chicken breast, chopped or shredded within the pasta. 


  • 1 package (10.5 ounces) frozen fat-free chicken breast patties, partially thawed
  • 1   green bell pepper
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1   onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) Italian-seasoned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1   garlic clove, pressed
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese (optional) 
  1. To partially thaw chicken patties, follow package microwave heating directions except microwave on HIGH 1 minute only. Cut chicken patties into 3/4 inch strips and bell pepper into thin strips. Slice mushrooms. Chop onion.
  2. Cook linguine according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, lightly spray skilletwith olive oil;  heat over medium-high heat 1-3 minutes or until shimmering. Add chicken patty strips; cook 5 minutes, turning frequently.
  4. Add tomatoes, bell pepper, mushrooms, onion and garlic pressed with a garlic press. Bring to a boil; cover. Reduce heat; simmer 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Serve over hot linguine. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.


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