This creamy penne pasta and chicken was a HUGE HIT with the family, particularly my picky daughter. After two bites, my son asked if there was enough for leftovers. That should count for extra points, right?
The picture above shows the adult dinner; topped with sliced grape tomatoes and sprinkled with red pepper flakes. Naturally, I left them off the kiddo’s plates. The cream sauce is flavored with onion slices and minced garlic cooked in butter. It’s mild and flavorful. Instead of using milk, sour cream was the dairy of choice. This ingredient alone had us ALL going back for a second serving.
It took longer to cook the penne than to make the sauce. The roasted chicken was already cooked from the other day of cooking ahead. I highly recommend making a habit of roasting chicken ahead of time. You will save yourself SO much time and it opens up opportunities to try other recipes or just relax more.
HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO DO
- 2 1/2 cups penne pasta, cooked as directed
- 4 tablespoons low-fat buttery spread
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1/3 cup onion, sliced
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 1 (15 oz.) can or 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup sour cream, yogurt, or milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 roasted chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
- red pepper flakes, optional
- grape tomatoes, sliced, optional
While the penne is cooking, melt butter or margarine in a medium sauce pan. Cook garlic and onions, over medium heat, until onions have softened. Add flour and cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Stir in broth, stirring frequently until sauce comes to simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream until it has melted. Season with salt and pepper.
PLEASE STAND BY FOR A KID FRIENDLY TIP
If you have one on hand, use a hand blender to puree the onions into the sauce for a smoother texture. Or, carefully move sauce to a blender with the lid secured, and pulse the sauce until smooth. The kiddos will never know about the onions and garlic. Move sauce back to pan and stir in sour cream until it has melted.
If you don’t have to make a fuss over the kids, then stir in the sour cream until it has melted.
Be sure the pasta is well drained, then move to a large serving bowl. Top pasta with chicken pieces. Pour sauce over hot pasta, tossing well to get all that creamy sauce inside the pasta. Allow to stand a few minutes before serving, so sauce can thicken. Garnish individual plates with grape tomatoes and red pepper flakes.