Tuscan Chicken With Buttered Pasta

Submitted by Cristy Barham


About the cook: I'm a home cook, food blogger and recipe creator! I'm a mom of 3, with one still at home. I live on 25 acres in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma. I love cooking for family and friends and seeing them enjoy my food.

About the dish: This is a restaurant quality meal that you can easily make at home. It's filling and delicious. Everyone loves it. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the water to boil!



National Origin: Italian

Serves: 6

Estimated Time: 30 to 60 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 – 2 pounds of chicken breasts sliced
16 ounces baby spinach fresh
5 cloves garlic minced
1 medium onion diced
1 red or green bell pepper diced
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 pound penne pasta or any pasta
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Red pepper flakes garlic pepper and salt to taste
8.5 ounce jar sundried tomatoes in oil
2 TBSP olive oil I use the oil from the sundried tomatoes
1 TBSP butter
1 1/2 cup half & half
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Preparation:

Start by boiling salted water for the pasta. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box. When the pasta is done toss it in the butter.

Saute the sliced chicken breast. (I cook my chicken breasts in the InstantPot for 10 minutes and slice them after they’ve rested and cooled) I use the oil from the jar of sundried tomatoes when I saute the chicken. It gives the chicken a little boost of flavor. You can saute in olive oil if you prefer. Just saute until the chicken is a nice golden brown.

When the chicken is done, remove from skillet and set aside.

Add a little bit of oil to the skillet and saute the diced onion and minced garlic.

When the onions are soft add the peppers. Saute for a couple of minutes, until the peppers are almost soft.

Now add the sundried tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Let the veggie mixture saute for another minute.

Next you are going to add the chicken broth to deglaze the skillet. Scrape up any browned bits along the bottom.

Add the cream and allow it to simmer for about two minutes.

Add the parmesan cheese and allow it to melt.

Turn off the heat and add in the baby spinach.

Add salt, garlic pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.

Finally you will add the chicken and buttered pasta to the sauce and combine.

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