Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Summer Chicken Pasta"

Wes' favorite!! Found this recipe in my bridal edition Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and have been cooking it for years. It is really simple. It is a dry pasta.... not saucy. The only liquid ingredients used are chicken broth and dry white wine. Definitely not a "comfort food" as we like to say in the South, but great for a summer supper after a long day. Although, Wes demands it year round. Probably not something that kids would be too fond of, but I don't know because I was surprised Wes liked it so much.

Here's the recipe:
cook time=30 minutes
8 oz. packaged dried whole wheat or regular penne pasta
12 oz. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size strips
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil or cooking oil, divided
3 large cloves garlic, minced
3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup shredded basil leaves
3 Tbsp. snipped fresh oregano
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1. Cook pasta in lightly salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain and return to saucepan; keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and garlic; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Remove from skillet; keep warm.

3. Add remaining olive oil to skillet. Cook mushrooms and onion in hot olive oil until just tender, stirring occasionally. Carefully add chicken broth and white wine. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, about 2 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Remove skillet from heat.

4. Add cooked pasta, chicken, cherry tomatoes, basil, and oregano to mushroom mixture; toss to coat. Transfer to a serving dish; sprinkle with shaved Parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

nutrition facts
Calories284 Total Fat(g)8 Saturated Fat(g)2, Monounsaturated Fat(g)4, Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1, Cholesterol (mg)35, Sodium (mg)271, Carbohydrate (g)33, Total Sugar (g)4, Fiber (g)4, Protein (g)22, Calcium (DV%)8, Iron (DV%)11, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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