Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chicken, Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta

The combination of broccoli, cheddar and chicken is always a winner in our house.  I'm pretty sure that's already obvious on this blog.  When I saw this recipe on CenterCutCook I knew it would be one that we would enjoy, I slightly adapted it and I was right!!! This is a winner.

2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch chunks)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion (finely chopped)
2 garlic cloves  (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake
8 oz pasta of choice
1 and 2/3 cup chicken stock
2 and 3/4 cups water (divided)
8 oz broccoli florets (chopped into small pieces)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Add the chicken and saute until the chicken is browned and cooked through. Remove and rain on a plate.  Use the remaining olive oil and saute the onion for a several minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds then stir in the red pepper flakes.  Put the chicken stock and two cups of water into the pan. Add in the pasta and cook for 12 to 15 minute or until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the pasta.  Put the broccoli in the pan with 3/4 cup of water and turn the heat down to a simmer.  Let it cook for 5 minutes.  Place the cooked chicken back in the pan along with the heavy cream and cheddar cheese.  Turn the heat to medium high. Continually stir until all of the cheese has melted and the sauce is beginning to thicken. Season with salt and pepper and serve. 

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