Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Simply perfect chicken pasta

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This isn't the most masculine meal I've ever made, but my man loves it, and he's anything but dainty. My other obstacle is that he's definitely not one to request a dish with spinach. But this meal is creamy, filling, and has so many different flavors all packed into one dish. And he absolutely loved it.

Ingredients:
  • 1 box of your favorite pasta
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs. butter
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbs. flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen spinach
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 can drained chick peas (optional)
Directions:
  • Cook pasta in a large pot according to directions on the box
    • Drain when finished and return to pot
  • Pour olive oil into large pan over medium heat
  • Add minced garlic and stir continually for 1-2 minutes
  • Place chicken breasts into pan and cook over medium high heat until thoroughly cooked
  • Once the chicken is fully cooked, use 2 forks and tear the chicken apart 
  • Keep chicken over low heat while we work on the sauce
  • In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat
  • Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Turn the heat to low.
  • Add the garlic salt and stir continually for 4-5 minutes. Letting it cook that long helps eliminate the flour taste.
  • Slowly add the milk while continuing to stir
  • Continue to stir until smooth and thick
  • Add the chicken and sauce to the pot of cooked noodles
  • Microwave the spinach for about 2 minutes, or until completely thawed and hot. 
    • It's important to drain the spinach. My mom always taught me to do so by placing thawed spinach into a clean dish rag and squeezing over the sink. If you use a paper towel, it will break, and you'll burn your hands.
  • Once the spinach is thawed, chop it up and add to the chicken/sauce/pasta mixture.
  • Turn the stove heat on low and stir until well-combined.
  • Serve with french bread and soup.
Maybe I just go into way too much detail, but don't be intimidated by the length of this post; this pasta dish took less than 20 minutes to make, start to finish. It's one of my "go-to" recipes when I'm in a rush.

Love and convincing-your-husband-to-eat-spinach,
Rachael

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