Tuesday, June 18, 2013

.chicken & spinach alfredo light.

Ok friends I AM BACK!!!! It has been over a year since I have blogged, although I have still been cooking. I just have to get back into the swing of things. Thanks so much to those who have continued to ask about my blog and encouraged me to get back with it. This recipe has been adapted and turned into a "light" (well lighter..) version of this amazing Pioneer Woman recipe that can be found here. I basically used regular milk and added spinach. Not rocket science but delicious indeed. Try it out for yourself and enjoy!

12 ounces, spaghetti pasta
4 Tablespoons Butter
2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Salt And Pepper, to taste
2 cloves Garlic, Minced
3/4 cups Chicken Broth
3/4 cup milk (I used 1%)
3/4 cups Parmesan Shavings Or Grated Parmesan
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (I used dried)
Crushed red pepper (to taste)
3-5 cups of spinach

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breasts. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts and cook until deep golden brown on both sides and done in the middle. Remove from the skillet, slice into thin strips, and set aside. Add additional 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet, followed by the minced garlic. Stir the garlic around the pan to avoid burning, and cook for 1 minute. Pour in broth, then let it bubble up and reduce for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Add milk, and extra salt and pepper, whisking constantly until it's all combined. Allow liquid to heat up and thicken for a few minutes. If it gets too thick, you may thin it with a little chicken broth. When the sauce looks good, remove it from the heat. Add Parmesan and spinach to the pan, then throw the hot pasta right on top of it. Toss it a bit. Add the chicken and continue tossing until it's all combined. Again, if it gets too gloopy, splash in a little broth (you may return the pan to low heat if it needs it.) Taste it, adjust seasonings, and top with minced parsley, crushed red pepper and extra Parmesan. Serve immediately!