Ever have someone bring over those little cans of V8 to make Bloody Mary's and now they are sitting on your pantry shelf? Well I had the privilege of being the one that bought them so others could make their own Bloody's but no one did. I love V8 but do not always remember that I have it. The other night I was in need of tomato sauce and found I was out. How could I be out of tomato sauce i thought, then I remembered I used the last of it to make my veggie soup for the office pot luck. Well, I saw 2 small cans of V8 and thought this is no different then tomato sauce, just it has all these other vegetables blended in it. PERFECT! Came up with Virgin Bloody Mary Chicken because it does not have vodka in it.
What you will need for this recipe is:
1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1 inch pieces
Fresh ground black pepper
2 small cans of V8
2 cloves of garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
1 small to medium zucchini
1 small yellow onion diced
1 small red bell pepper or 1/2 of a medium to large pepper
1 lb of linguini pasta
Red Pepper flakes
Rinse, cut and pat dry the chicken thighs. on a plate, mix together 2 handfuls of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper, toss in the chicken thighs and set aside. in a large stock pot ass 2-3 quarts of water and bring to a boil with about 1 to 2 teaspoons of salt. Cook pasta as directed or until al denta, save about 1 cup of the pasta water, drain pasta and set aside.
In the same pot you cooked the pasta, add 1 table spoon of olive oil and about 2 tablespoons of butter, add the floured chicken when the butter is completely melted and starts to bubble. Saute the chicken till it is golden brown, add the onions, pinch of red pepper flakes and with a press add the garlic and saute till the onions start to turn clear. Add the zucchini and bell peppers and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the 2 cans of V8, a pinch of salt and about 2 teaspoons of dried oregano. Bring sauce to a simmer then add in the pasta, toss till coated then serve. You can add some fresh grated parmesan if you would like.