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
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.