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Monday, April 11, 2011

Chicken Asparagus Pasta

We seem to get asparagus a lot, which most of us really like, but I've lately gotten tired of cooking it the same way. So I found this recipe on, made very little changes to it, and it was yummy. It's pretty simple but has a lot of flavor.

Chicken Asparagus Pasta

1 package dried penne (or other) whole grain or whole wheat pasta
5 Tb. olive oil, divided
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into cubes
salt and pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
1/2 c. chicken broth
1 bunch slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 c. (real, shredded) Parmesan cheese

-Cook pasta, set aside.

-Warm 3 Tb. olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in chicken, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until chicken is cooked through and browned. Remove chicken.

-Pour chicken broth into skillet. Stir in asparagus, garlic, and a pinch more garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cover and steam until asparagus is just tender, about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle with 2 Tb. olive oil. Stir again, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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