Monday, June 6, 2011

Chicken, Broccoli & Pasta [Tom & June]

This is a perfect meal after a long hard day at work, for casual entertaining or even to impress a "special someone" and show them you can cook! It's easy to make, relatively healthy, great flavor and looks great.

Ingredients ~

  • 8 Cloves of garlic, minced (this might seem like a lot but as it simmers it becomes infused in the oil & chicken broth creating the sauce)
  • 1/2 Cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 7 oz. Canned chicken broth
  • 4 Handfuls of whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 Large skinless, boneless chicken breast - grilled, broiled or leftover
  • 2 Cups Broccoli florets
  • Lots of Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Prep time - 25 minutes - Cook time - 15 minutes

Grill, broil or saute chicken - we prefer grilled. Cut chicken into 1/2" cubes and set aside. You can make this ahead of time.

The first step is to saute garlic in olive oil. Garlic cooking in oil has to be one of the most incredible smells that you can create in the kitchen! If you're a garlic lover, feel free to increase the amount of garlic!

Saute the garlic SLOWLY over low heat for 10 minutes....make sure you don't burn it!

In the meantime, put your water on to boil for the pasta.

Steam, microwave or boil broccoli just until slightly tender.

Cook pasta according to package dirrections - approximately 10 minutes.

When the garlic is translucent, add the chicken broth and continue to simmer. Add cubed chicken to sauce.

Drain pasta and toss with broccoli and sauce.

Season with black pepper (fresh ground is best) and grated parmesan cheese.

Serve with Garlic Bread. We can't get enough garlic!

Basically, this is healthy, hearty, tasty and easy to make. Makes great leftovers too.

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