Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta with Chicken

You think you’ve had pasta sauce before….

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 to 20 ounces penne pasta, cooked to al dente
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
  • 6 To 12 cloves garlic, minced [to your own taste]
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup tarragon
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ½ cups 1% or 2% milk
  • 1 ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 fresh chopped parsley, plus some for garnish
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • OPTIONAL – broccoli can be added with the chicken in small chunks

PREPARATION

  • Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions.
  • Drain and set aside until ready to use.
  • In a large, deep skillet, heat olive oil; low to medium heat.
  • Add chicken and season with a pinch or two of salt and pepper.
  • Cook until chicken is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a plate and set aside with the pasta.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and melt
  • Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in flour and Italian seasoning cook for about 1 minute or until golden.
  • Stir in the ¼ teaspoon of tarragon and if needed add more to taste.
  • Whisk in milk, chicken broth; simmer for several minutes until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in half of the Parmesan cheese until melted.
  • Toss the cooked pasta and chicken with the sauce to coat.
  • Then stir in remaining Parmesan cheese and ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley.
  • Garnish with fresh grated Parmesan and fresh chopped parsley.
  • Serve Immediately & ENJOY!

 

DON’T BE AFRAID TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX; for example, substitute Barbequed Honey Glazed Chicken or Honey Glazed Halibut to add a different twist to this recipe. Can be sweetened up with Maple Syrup to taste. Add Snow Peas to the mix.

Can be served with either a nice cold White Wine such as Bin 222 for a lovely smokey flavour, Pinot Grigio or a nice Red Malbec. Create your own non-flavoured or flavoured sparkling water for a different treat.