Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pasta with Chicken and Garlic Cream Sauce



This was another one of those meals that you just come up with on the fly. I kept trying to think of something for dinner and nothing was jumping out at me. Do I want fish, chicken, steak, pasta? So I decided to throw a few things in a hat and just draw the winner that way. I picked chicken and pasta so that was my jumping off point. I knew I had shredded chicken in the fridge because they had rotisserie chicken on sale at the store so when they do that I will buy a few, shred them, and freeze them to have as a quick chicken addition to a meal.

Then I hit the pantry and found a box of farfalla, yay the main ingredients were found! So back into the fridge I went to see what goodies I had to throw in to the party. Fresh basil...check.....fresh oregano....check....heavy cream..hhmmm this is going to be good! I always have onions and garlic (Duh you're a food blogger Bobbi) so of course they had to come to the party too.

This ended up being such a simple, easy meal, but had so much flavor and made my tummy happy. I do have to confess I am a pasta girl so you know if there is a noodle in it somewhere I am smiling! In the end, this is a quick and easy meal for a night when you are on the go and need something fast but flavorful

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Pasta with Chicken and Garlic Cream Sauce


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 package short pasta like farfalla
1 medium onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup chicken stock
1 heaping tablespoon of fresh basil, chopped plus a few leaves cut in a chiffonade for garnish
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups shredded chicken
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, add pasta and cook to package directions. Drain pasta and return to pot.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Then add the onion, stirring occasionally until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook one more minute. Add the chicken stock, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is reduced by about half. Add the cream and cook for an additional 8 to 10 minutes, until the sauce is reduced and thick. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Cook for an additional minute or until the chicken is heated through.



14 comments:

  1. Breathtaking....that looks amazing!

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  2. Dawn here from Spatulas On Parade, thanks for linking up with our Foodie Friends Friday link party. Be sure to come by sunday and vote!

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  3. Looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

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    1. Thanks Lois, I love comfort food and this just hits the spot. I am so glad you like it!

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  4. yumm- found you via foodie friday and i'm excited to follow along here and try all these goodies!
    -phoebe
    http://glimpsesofthemoon.blogspot.com/

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    1. Great to meet you Phoebe! Love to make new foodie friends. Going to check out your blog right now :) thanks for the link.

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  5. This recipe looks fantastic and easy to make! I bet it would make a great weeknight meal. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

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    1. Erika it is super easy and I love making meals like that. Sometimes it is nice to be able to get in the kitchen and get out right?

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  6. Hi Bobbi,
    I just love a "go-to" recipe like this. I can't wait to try your Pasta with Chicken and Garlic Cream, it looks delicious. Hope you are having a fabulous holiday week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen
    A New Follower

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    1. Thanks so much Helen! I love when I can come up with recipes like this. Sometimes you just want to get in and out of the kitchen right? Thanks so much for hosting a great party!

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  7. thanks for sharing.

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