Advertisements

Guest Post: Christy – Garlic Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

I recently made a call out for guest posters. I always like to have guest posters as every cook works differently and I always like to hear different perspectives. Here is Christy who normally blogs over at clickinmyheels.com. Take a look at her blog and the great post below…

Hello there, I’m Christy. It’s an exciting honor to be chosen as a guest blogger on Rantings of an Amateur Chef. I am a newbie blogger still learning my way, writing style, and all the techy fun that comes with a blog. I am eager to have the opportunity to write for an established blog and share my passion for food and cooking with others.
IMG_7621 - Featured Size
Many of you have that go to dish that you always order when you are at a particular restaurant. You don’t even need to open that menu, no need to hear those specials because you know exactly what you are having. Well, for me that dish was the Garlic Chicken Con Broccoli served at Olive Garden. After I ate that a few times, I knew I could create it myself and even master it so the flavors blend perfectly. If you’ve never had this dish, it is made of orecchiette pasta which is a little bowl shaped pasta. You could also use medium shell pasta which works fine. The pasta is tossed with a garlic cream sauce and topped with broccoli and flavorful seasoned chicken. Is your stomach starting to growl yet? This dish has a few components, but what I really like about it, is that it can be taken apart and adjusted to your taste and dietary needs. You can make just the seasoned chicken and serve with broccoli or a side of your choice. You could just make the pasta in the garlic cream sauce and omit the chicken. You could leave out the broccoli if the mini green vitamin trees are not your favorite. It’s versatile, it’s flavorful, and my family loves it!

Garlic Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

IMG_7574
Ingredients:
1 lb orecchiette pasta
12-16 oz frozen broccoli. Steamable bags work well.
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 C Heavy Cream
5-7 Garlic Cloves – minced finely
4 TBS butter
1/2 C flour
1 TBS olive oil
2 teas low sodium chicken soup base or 2 low sodium chicken bullion cubes mixed in 2 C boiling water
2 teas dried basil
2 teas dried parsley
2 teas rosemary – dried or fresh chopped
1/2 teas red pepper flakes
Kosher or Sea Salt
black pepper
1/4 C shredded or grated Asiago cheese
1/2 C grated or finely shredded Parmesan cheese or blend for garnish.
Directions:
Herb Chicken –
IMG_7576
Combine basil, parsley, rosemary, and red pepper flakes. Mix in 1/2 teas salt and 1/2 teas black pepper.
Wash and dry chicken breasts. Evenly season both sides with above spice mixture.
IMG_7580
Heat a large non stick pan or skillet with olive oil on medium heat.
Add seasoned chicken to the pan. Cook chicken over medium to low heat, turning over once first side is done and light golden brown. Chicken will continue to cook as you prepare the garlic cream sauce and pasta. You can add a few TBS of water and cover the chicken, and turn down to low simmer near the end of cooking to keep it moist.
IMG_7591
Garlic Cream Sauce –
IMG_7581
Melt Butter in large pot and add in minced garlic.
Saute over low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring to prevent burning.
Add in flour and combine with melted butter and garlic to make roux.
IMG_7584
Stir roux for a few minutes on low heat to cook flour until golden brown.
IMG_7585
Pour in heavy cream, chicken base/boiling water mixture, Asiago cheese and whisk gently until combined and smooth.
IMG_7590
Salt and pepper to taste and stir gently. Sauce will thicken. Turn down to simmer.
IMG_7598
Boil water and cook pasta according to package instructions. When the pasta is almost done, add a ladle of pasta water to the sauce and stir to combine. As the pasta is cooking, steam your frozen broccoli in the microwave, but for only 3-4 minutes. You can add more time if broccoli is still too frozen. The broccoli will continue to cook once it’s tossed with the hot pasta and sauce. You do not want over cooked broccoli. Remove steamed broccoli from microwave and bag and gently add it to the sauce, or keep it on the side if you prefer.
IMG_7603
Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the Garlic Cream Sauce and gently toss.
IMG_7596
Sliced cooked Herb Chicken against the grain, returning to skillet to stay warm and moist.
IMG_7612
Serve Pasta and Garlic Cream Sauce with Broccoli on top or on the side. Add slices of Herb Chicken on top of pasta and top with a little Parmesan cheese for garnish.
IMG_7618
I hope you enjoy this recipe and guest post. Please visit my blog clickinmyheels.com for more of my recipes and posts!
IMG_5998 - Version 2
Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Categories: Cheese3, Chicken2, Guest, Italian, Main Dish 3, Pasta

Author:The Ranting Chef

Check out the best recipes at rantingchef.com

3 Comments on “Guest Post: Christy – Garlic Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli”

  1. Ginny Needles
    December 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    That recipe looks delicious doesn’t look too complicated either. Can’t wait to try it

    Like

  2. December 26, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    Delicious!!! ❤

    Like

  3. bozydeco
    December 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Looks awesome. Will try while my college kids at home this holiday season.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: