Jono's Roasted Pepper and Chicken Pasta Salad

We have a guest blogger today ! My boy Jono, who is nine, almost ten (!) cooked dinner for us last night. He got the recipe out of a cookbook he was given for is his birthday, but he made a few small changes.  I asked him this morning if he wanted to write a blog post about it and he was pretty excited to do it ! So ... here you go, in his words ...

hi i am jono and i am going to tell you how to make a roasted pepper and chicken pasta salad

you will need:
2 chicken breasts
1 yellow bell pepper
1 bag of any pasta
1 red bell pepper
a handful of rocket
for the marinade:
2 tbls olive oil
lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 clove garlic, crushed
salt and pepper
for the dressing:
4 tbls olive oil
3 tbls rice wine vinegar
2 tsp dijon mustard
1 tbls green pesto
a bunch of chives
a handful of chopped parsley

first boil some water then get your two chicken breasts and wrap them in cling film. then bash the chicken with a mallet until flat put the chicken in a container and mix in the olive oil lemon juice garlic salt and pepper put in the fridge for 20 minutes. cut the peppers in half and take out the inside then put them under the grill until skin is black. then soak then in water until ready to pick up then pull off the skin and slice them. cook pasta according to packet heat a frying pan to a medium high heat put chicken in and pour marinade on top. once cooked cool for a couple minutes while cooling chicken put pasta in a bowl with peppers and rocket slice chicken and put into the bowl pour the marinade on and mix and it is done. 

Notes from Mom : I didn't want to change any of how he wrote his instructions so here are a few tips (translations) from me ...

bell peppers = capsicum

rocket = arugula

cling film = glad wrap.  saran wrap.

grill = broiler

We made the pesto for the dressing.  We used sweet and greek basil, just a handful or so.  Then added maybe a tablespoon of pine nuts, maybe the same of freshly grated parmesan, added a blub or two of olive oil.  A bit of salt and pepper.  We used the stick blender on that.  Then we just added the rest of the dressing ingredients to that and blended it some more, again ... with the stick blender.

This was DELICIOUS !!!  It served four of us for dinner, and there were three small portions left over for lunches .... luckily I didn't need a packed lunch today since it's my day off !!  Wooo Hooo !!!


Ellie said...

Jono- This looks so good. I am very excited to make it and eat it soon! I love that you not only made a delicious dinner, but then that you blogged about it too!!! Thank you, Love Auntie Ellie

Michelle said...

Wow! This looks and sounds delicious! So many of my favorite things all together. Can't wait to try it! Thanks, Jono!

Talia said...

Yum! Might make this tonight for my mother in law!

Khrista said...

I will be honest and say I don't know many 9 year old boys who can cook...especially something SO delicious looking! What a wonderful gift you have! This looks amazing! Go Jono! :)

Anonymous said...

Jono! You are quite the chef. I can't wait to try your recipe and want to know what "rocket" is. Thank you for posting and keep cooking for your family, ok?
Cousin Steve's wife, Laura (Alley clan)

Jo said...

I see that my comment didn't get posted. Operator error, no doubt! What I wanted to say was that I would love Chef Jono to come and cook at my house!

Mari said...

This looks wonderful! I am so impressed that you cooked this - and blogged about it. Nice job Jono!