Friday, January 25, 2013

ANGEL HAIR PASTA WITH CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES

This is another of my internet articles I am archiving this week.  This one was first published 4 years ago this month and has been republished several hundred times since them.  Time for the archives, don't you think?  First I will share it, one last time, with you.

For busy working parents, single moms, sports families, etc. this recipe will help you have dinner ready in 30 minutes. No need for fast food when you can make this healthy, nutritious meal for your family in no more time than it would take to go through the fast food drive-through window, get home and set the food out. Make a promise to yourself to feed your family more healthy food this year and add this recipe for Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken and Vegetables to your meal planning file. This meal is not only healthy and delicious, it is inexpensive, too. Add garlic bread and a salad, if you want. You will have a great meal that your family will no doubt request again.


2 tbsps olive oil, divided

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts halves, cut into cubes

1 carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 pkg (10 oz) frozen broccoli florets, thawed

2 cloves garlic, minced

12 oz angel hair pasta

2/3 cup chicken broth

1 tsp dried basil

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add chicken to the hot skillet. Cook, stirring, until the chicken is cooked through. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove from the skillet and drain on paper towels. Heat the remaining oil in the same skillet. Put the water on to heat to cook the pasta according to package directions. Add the carrot to the skillet and cook, stirring, for about 4 minutes. Add the broccoli and garlic to the carrot skillet and cook, while continuing to stir, for a couple more minutes.

Cook pasta. While pasta is cooking, add chicken broth, basil and Parmesan cheese to the skillet mixture. Stir to combine all ingredients. Return the chicken to the skillet. Reduce the heat and simmer for 4 minutes.

Drain pasta and place in a large serving bowl. Top with the chicken and vegetable mixture. Serve immediately while still hot.

Yield: 4 servings.

Enjoy!

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