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Friday, July 25, 2014

Chicken With Creamy Penne

This quick to fix pasta dish has all the right ingredients to become a family favorite chicken , pasta and flavorful sauce that gets its velvety richness from cream cheese .
 
 
pasta cooking tips
-Use only small amounts of vegetable or olive oils, margarine and vegetable cooking spray when preparing pasta dishes .
-Keep leftover cooked pasta in the refrigerator for up to three days .when it's time to reheat , simply put it in a colander and than place it directly into boiling water for one minute .
-Instead of meat , try adding vegetables to a light tomato sauce for a nutritious option with plenty of flavor and crunch .
- Add leftover pasta to your favorite soup .If you use dry pasta , simmer the soup for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.
- Save time with pasta leftovers- double your favorite recipes , and freeze the extra serving for later use . This works especially well with sauce and baked pasta dishes like lasagne .
     

Ingredients
Serves 2

200g  dried penne
1 tbsp olive oil
2 skinless , boneless chicken breasts
4 tbsp orange juice
115 g  frozen peas
5 tbsp double cream
   salt
4-5 tbsp chopped fresh parsley ,
   to garnish

Method
1 . Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil . Add the pasta  , bring back to the boil and cook for about 8-10 minutes , until tender but still firm to the bite .

2 . Meanwhile , heat the oil in a frying pan , add the chicken and cook over a medium heat for about 4 minutes on each side . 

3 . Pour in the orange juice and cook over a high heat until it has almost evaporated . Drain the pasta . Add the peas , cream and pasta to the frying pan and stir well . Cover and simmer for two minutes . Garnish with fresh parsley and serve .

Serving penne tips
As soon as the whole wheat penne is done , use a colander to strain it , shake the colander to get rid of water clinging to the pasta and return the pasta immediately to the pot .Add ingredients on your prepared sauce and toss to coat .Unless you're preparing the penne for a pasta salad , do not rinse it off in a sink .Rinsing pasta right after cooking , which will cool it , may prevent it from mixing evenly with the sauce .It will also diminish its nutrient content and wash off the starch that helps the individual pieces hold their shape .If you will be transferring the finished pasta and sauce to a serving dish , heat the dish up in a warm oven beforehand to keep the penne hot on the table .

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