Monday, February 27, 2012

In the Kitchen with Jason: Creamy Broccoli and Chicken (with noodles)

So this recipe is based off a recipe found in one of our Hungry Girl cookbooks. It is based on this recipe like movies are based on good books - some of the names are the same and at least one plot point remains, but other than that, someone came in and stirred it up a bit with some improvements. Maybe that isn't the best example because the book to movie transition usually produces pure crap (Battle Field Earth), and the recipe that we ended up with was not only acceptable (The Postman) but it was better than the original (Fight Club). If you want to check out the original recipe, you can see in  Hungry Girl 300 Recipes Under 300 Calories.

It's so yummy I'm about ready to lick my screen.

Ingredients
  • 1 box spaghetti noodles.
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch broccoli, chopped
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 wedges of Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
  • Break the spaghetti noodles in quarters, and then cook according to package instructions.
  • Set the noodles aside once they are finished being cooked and drained and such.
  • Heat a large saute pan sprayed with cooking spray over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook chicken for about 2 minutes.
  • Add all the veggies and cook for 8 minutes.
  • While this is cooking, microwave the cheese wedges for about 30 seconds.
  • Cream the wedges with a fork.
  • Mix the sour cream and Parmesan cheese in with the creamed cheese.
  • Set aside for just a moment.
  • Once the veggies are done cooking, add the noodles and cook for 1 to 2 minutes to bring the pasta back up to temp.
  • Add the cheese mixture and stir well.
    • If you ignored my instructions to break the pasta extra in the beginning, the veggies and chicken will not mix in well and you will have to use some creativity when serving or you will end up with a couple plates of only pasta and the others will be overflowing with veggies.
Though it took me 30 minutes to chop everything up for this recipe, it only takes about 25 minutes to cook it all up (and that was with me making it up as I went).

Please enjoy!

-Chef Jason

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