Don't you just love to find a meat on sale? It is one of my most favorite things, especially when it is something out of the ordinary. Ground beef is on sale or reduced for freshness all the time. Specialty meats such as steaks, grass fed meats, or farm raised chickens on the other hand, not so much. Chicken spinach feta brats, never as they are sold in few quantities and are regularly out of stock. So when I found these chicken spinach feta brats 25% off this morning, all other recipes went out the window as I knew just what meal I wanted: Penne Rigate with Chicken, Spinach, and Feta Cheese.
Obviously, the chicken breasts were replaced for the above mentioned brats which were heavily skillet fried adding a nice crunch to their skins before slicing into bite size circles. After adding one package of cremini mushrooms to saute along with the onion, the rest of the recipe was followed accordingly.
Scaled for Likability: Great
Such a simple meal, yet so satisfying in taste and texture. Feta could have been left out as the first picture shows, but the tanginess of the cheese pairs splendidly with the zip of the lemon and the earthiness of the mushrooms and spinach. What is even better about this dish, is the flexibility. Perfect is served piping hot with soft french bread on cold winter nights or, if mushrooms removed, refrigerated overnight and served refreshingly cold on hot summer days. There is absolutely nothing I would change to this recipe (besides my own already incorporated).