Friday, December 7, 2012

Creamy Chicken Florentine

If you haven't noticed yet, many of our weeknight recipes are chicken (and many are in creamy sauces!). So keeping with that trend Steve and I tried our hands at a new creamy chicken recipe - this time a Florentine.

Steve found the recipe on the Kraft Foods / Kraft Canada website. When Steve first looked over the recipe he thought that we would not need to adjust it at all, but when I took a look at it I suggested we swap out the spinach for broccoli (I am not a big spinach fan). And I was happy to see that even the website recommends that as a possible substitute!

Here are the ingredients that you will need for this recipe:
  •  3 cups penne pasta, uncooked 
  •  1 Tbsp. oil
  •  1 lb. (450 g) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips 
  •  1 orange pepper, cut into strips 
  •  4 cups tightly packed baby spinach leaves 
  •  1 tub (270 g) Philadelphia Herb & Garlic Cooking Creme
  •   2 Tbsp. toasted pine nuts
And if you want to do the same thing we did (swap the spinach for brocolli) the website recommends this variation:

  • Substitute 2 cups small broccoli florets for the peppers and spinach, adding the broccoli to the cooking water for the last 2 min. of the pasta cooking time.
We chose to keep the peppers in though - we both love peppers!

Here is how Kraft Foods / Kraft Canada suggests you bring it all together:
  1. Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. 
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 5 to 7 min. or until done. Stir in peppers and spinach; cook 2 min., stirring frequently. Add Cooking Creme; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until heated through. 
  3. Drain pasta, reserving 1/3 cup cooking water. Gradually add reserved water to sauce mixture until desired consistency is reached. Add pasta; mix lightly. Top with pine nuts. Serve immediately.

This was a very easy recipe and I loved the added crunch and flavor that the toasted pine nuts added. I am sure that we will be adding this to our regular recipe rotation.

Give this recipe a try when you need a mix up your regular weeknight chicken dish.

Bon appetite & enjoy!

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