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Garlic Butter Chicken & Broccoli Pasta – Recipe

Garlic Butter Chicken & Broccoli Pasta - Recipe

As we try to cut carbs my dinners are a lot of meat and veggies. There are nights my son will look at me with a dreaded look of food boredom. Then I always struggle on being creative. One day I found a recipe for a Butter Chicken & Broccoli Recipe but wanted to make it more enticing for the boys. So, I added the garlic, pasta and hot sauce.

I used boneless chicken thighs because I love stir fry chicken with thighs, but this recipe works great with chicken breast cut to bite size pieces.

My pasta of choice is Ancient Harvest’s Protein-Packed POW! Pasta. I used the Chickpea Elbow for this recipe. I like to sneak in the extra protein where I can especially with a tween in sports. This pasta has up to 25 g of protein per 3.5 oz serving, twice as much as traditional wheat pasta!

Just a little plug – did you know that Ancient Harvest makes protein-packed mac and cheese? My son’s favorite and it comes in mild cheddar, white cheddar or sharp cheddar (our favorite).

Now for the Garlic Butter Chicken & Broccoli Pasta recipe…finally!

Garlic Butter Chicken & Broccoli Pasta

Erin Sluka
A great tasting, protein-packed dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs Boneless Chicken (breast or thighs) cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 Cups Broccoli (cooked to almost done)
  • 1/2 Cup butter, softened and divided
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning or fresh Italian herbs
  • 2 tsp Franks hot sauce optional
  • 2/3 Cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp lemon juice or fresh squeezed
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 box cooked Ancient Grains POW! Protein pasta Elbow or penne work great

Instructions
 

  • Cut chicken into small pieces and prepare broccoli to cook to (almost) done. Season the chicken in season with salt, pepper, and onion powder.
  • Heat oil and 1/4 C of the butter in large pan or walk and cook chicken until browned and cooked through
  • Lower the heat, add 1 teaspoon minced garlic and Italian seasoning and stir and cook with chicken bites 
  • Remove cooked chicken from pan and set it and cooked broccoli aside
  • In the same skillet turn up to medium-high, add the garlic and deglaze with chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and allow to reduce to half the volume. Add remaining 1/4 cup butter, lemon juice, hot sauce, parsley. stir.
  • Add the (almost) cooked broccoli and stir about 2 minutes until soft
  • Add the sauteed chicken bites back to the pan and stir for another minute to reheat. Garnish the chicken and asparagus with more parsley, and toppings of choice.
  • Serve over cooked protein-pasta!
Keyword broccoli, chicken,, garlic, pasta
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