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Chicken & Broccoli with Angel Hair Pasta!

A Heavenly Chicken Dish: Chicken & Broccoli with Angel Hair Pasta!

Lynn has been “under the weather” for a few days. In thinking about what he might like or want to eat, I decided to make Chicken & Broccoli with Angel Hair Pasta for dinner. It was “heavenly”! The flavors reminded me of a Pasta Primavera that we made at our Pizza Classic restaurant in the late 1980’s. It was a vegetarian dish with a lot of fresh vegetables, pasta, and parmesan cheese. This Chicken & Broccoli with Angel Hair Pasta has chicken, broccoli, carrots, and pasta with parmesan cheese. It was delicious! Lynn is very picky, but he ate it that night and again as left-overs, which NEVER happens!

An “Angel” dinner . . .

This Chicken & Broccoli with Angel Hair Pasta was the entree for one of my Christmas dinners: “Celebrating Christ in Christmas”, Week 1: “The Angels and the Shepherds”. I had actually planned this dinner, along with three more, a few years ago. The four dinners are for the four weekends before Christmas. Or, you can do the first three before Christmas, then the fourth one after. In any event, the food is good, and the other “ingredients” to putting on these dinners are both fun and educational. The whole purpose is to keep the focus on Jesus Christ during the holidays.

In choosing the foods for this dinner, I selected some that had the name “angel” in the title, or “heavenly”. Because Angel Hair pasta is used in this dish, it was a perfect choice for the entree.  Other foods had to be fresh (or frozen, as in the case of the broccoli), and preferably green. The green color signifies, “life”. With the birth of Jesus, He gave us Life Everlasting, if we choose to believe in Him.

Making the Chicken & Broccoli with Angel Hair Pasta . . .

There is nothing difficult about making the Chicken & Broccoli with angel Hair Pasta. It takes a skillet and a pot to boil the pasta, 1 carrot, frozen broccoli, a little garlic, a spice or two, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese. Simple!

The first thing that needs to be done is cube and brown the chicken in a little olive oil.

Once the chicken is done, the veggies are cooked. Then chicken broth and parmesan cheese is stirred in.

Add the pasta to the other ingredients, mix to combine, and eat! Serve with French or Italian Bread and a Salad. I chose Mama’s Layered Salad because it is made up of green vegetables–a perfect side for this dinner!

What would your serve with this Chicken & Broccoli with Angel Hair Pasta Dish?

Chicken & Broccoli with Angel Hair Pasta Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut in cubes
  • 12 ounces angel hair pasta (I used 3/4 of a 16-ounce box)
  • 1 carrot, sliced diagonally into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (purchased in a jar in the grocery store–NOT fresh)
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

1.  Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.

2.  Add chicken.  Saute for 5 to 7 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through (no longer pink). Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.

3.  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 2 to 4  minutes, or until  al dente; drain and set aside.

4.  While pasta is cooking, heat 2nd tablespoon oil over medium heat in same skillet used for chicken.

5.  Stir-fry carrots for about 4 minutes.

6.  Add broccoli and garlic and stir fry for another 2 minutes.

7.  Finally, mix broth, basil and parmesan cheese together. Stir into the veggie mixture.

8.  Return the chicken to skillet. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 4 minutes.

9.  Place drained pasta in a large serving bowl. Top with chicken/vegetable mixture, toss,  and serve immediately. 

Yield:  4 servings

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