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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Skinny Style Food: Chicken & Broccoli Pasta

Heya!
I've been really trying to venture out my food comfort zone of late and have been combining recipes to create things more to my palette. My newest creation is a take on Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo and here's how to make it:

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What you will need:

- 2 chicken breasts cut into small pieces (season to the level you like)
- 1 mug of chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons of minced garlic (chop if you can't mince)
- 2 mugs of broccoli (it's how I measure things)
- 8 rotini pasta (for however many people you are cooking for)
- 2 teaspoons of flour
- 1 teaspooons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 mug of milk 
- 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt
- Grated cheese (as much or as little as you fancy)
- salt and pepper for taste

The how to:
1) Cook your pasta with how the packet tells you to! Don't be naughty and try to cheat and do it faster because it never ends well.......

2) Drain the water and leave the pasta to stand. I normally try and save some of the pasta water in case of emergency later and my pasta sauce needs extra moisture.

3) Cook the chicken until lightly browned and set aside.

4) Cook the broccoli in boiling water until nice and soft and set aside. You'll have quite the collection of bowls at this point with all the cooked stuff in!

Image by Goodhousekeeping

5) Heat up the olive oil in whatever pan you have to hand over a mid - high heat. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute but don't forget to stir it as it can stick and then burn.

6) Sprinkle in the flour and whisk up to bind the garlic, oil and flour together for about a minute.

7) Then bit by bit mix in the chicken broth, then the milk, then the Greek yogurt. Add salt and pepper for taste and let the mixture simmer on a lower heat until its get thicker. Be patient as this can take a couple of minutes and you don't want to ruin it by rushing.

8) Take the pan off the heat and add as much cheese as you fancy and the cooked chicken. Throw in the broccoli and pour over the pasta. If you find your sauce has got a bit too thick at this stage you can add some of that pasta water you saved earlier to thin it out a little - trust your judgement!

Image by Goodhousekeeping

The extras:

At the stage of throwing everything together I have added cooked tomatoes and onions as I had them lying around and it really added some extra depth. Have a play about with what you do have in the kitchen and see where your tastes take you!
Enjoy!

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