Spaghetti: pork vs chicken. Who’s the winner?

I admit. I cannot compete against the Italian spaghetti recipes, but I also must admit that these ones weren’t bad at all. 🙂 Easy. With protein. And good.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Cook Time 40 min
  • Score 8/10

I chose to make pork vs chicken because I wanted to see the difficulty of the preparation, the smell and especially the taste of the spaghetti.

Take a look at the ingredients:

  • Egg spaghetti  - 400 gr
  • Meat - chicken and pork – 250-300 gr each meat type
  • Green beans - 300 gr
  • Tomatoes - 4 pieces (which I made as pasta)
  • Condiments, can’t live without them: parsley and dill, salt and pepper, sugar, ginger, garam masala (if you do not have, you can add cloves and cumin and ginger – all combined can reproduce the taste of garam masala ), coriander and garlic
  • Olive oil - 1 1/2 spoons
  • Balsamic vinegar - 2 spoons
  • Soy sauce for the meat - 1 spoon

Your “kitchen instruments” should be:

  • Stainless steel pot for boiling the spaghetti
  • wok

How I did it:

Step 1

Slice the meat: I chose to slice the pork meat different from the chicken meat, meaning: the pork is sliced in small “one bite” pieces the chicken is sliced filet.

Step 2

Seasoning: Once the meat is sliced, season both the pork and the chicken with salt and pepper. Then, I continued seasoning the pork with sugar and ginger and the chicken with a touch of garlic. I first thought about the ingredient that I will prepare I keept the ingredients needed while prepping and cooking. The other ingredients (for the other dish / meat), such as the rest of the meat I put it in a special food bag and let it in the fridge ‘till the other meat is prepared.

Step 3

Boiling the spaghetti: In a stainless steel pot with boiling water add the spaghetti and let them boil for 10 – 15 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar (trust me, you will love it) and continued mixing the ingredients. NOTE: if you have a pasta machine at home, I recommend to make your own pasta. The way you love it.

Step 4

Vegetables for the chicken dish: Take the green beans, and let them boil for 5-7 minutes in a different steel pot. In this time, add salt and pepper. Do not prepare them entirely. The green beans are for the chicken – spaghetti recipe.

Step 5

Pork first: The meat, oh yeeees, the meat must be finished. I took the pork meat first. Put the pork into a wok that is already papered with olive oil. Let it cook and when the color starts changing, when it is not as red as the raw pork, add a touch of garam masala and coriander. Taste or if you do not want to taste, then gently cut a piece of meat to see if it is done.

Step 6

Check the spaghetti Once the meat is ready, put it aside and checked the spaghetti again. If the spaghetti are ready, take a sieve and get rid of the water. I’m telling you it smells and taste great! The balsamic vinegar accomplished its job.

Step 7

Chicken's turn: Once the pork meat is finished the pork meat, I washed the wok and took the chicken meat from the fridge, put it in the wok, on a thin “bed” of olive oil (butter can be used also, it makes the pork moister). After you let the chicken filet change it’s color a little bit, add garlic, coriander and a touch of soy sauce. Taste. And if you do not want to taste (however, you should!) the meat, you can gently cut a piece of meat to see if it's done. Hmmm, smells great, I’m telling you! I let it cook for almost 15 minutes, 7 minutes on each side.

Step 8

Beans While the meat is getting ready, take a simple pan, put a touch of olive oil and let the green beans cook for another 7 minutes.

Step 9

Plating. Or… you can say "the moment of truth". Take 2 plates. One for the chicken – spaghetti dish and the other for the pork – spaghetti dish. On each plate put 2 medium size spoons of spaghetti. Add  green beans and on top add the chicken filet  on one plate and on the other plate add few “one-bite” pieces of pork.

Step 10

Finishing with seasoning : with fresh parsley and…voila. Spaghetti: chicken vs pork meat.

My boyfriend, a pork meat lover, obviously chose the pork meat over the chicken, but I must admit that the chicken meat felt was more moist and melted in the mouth.

spaghetti-pork vs chicken

What about you? Are you a pork meat lover or a chicken meat addicted?

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