This time when D requested for Pasta, I wanted to try something new, something quite different from what I had been making. A quick look at my saved recipes, I came across this Creamy Penne Pasta with Roasted Chicken recipe from ‘Simple Daily Recipes’. It was indeed a simple recipe and it turned out to be delicious too. D absolutely loved it.
Though I used Penne pasta for this recipe, any pasta of your choice would be just as fine. Vegetarians can use vegetables in place of chicken. Here’s the recipe..
Creamy Pasta with Roasted Chicken
Source: Simple Daily Recipes
Cooked Pasta- 2-1/2 cups (1-1/4 cups raw pasta)
Butter- 4 tablespoons
Crushed garlic- 1 clove
Chopped Onion- 1/3 cup
Flour- 4 tablespoons
Chicken stock- 2 cups (I used 2 cups water with 1 chicken stock cube)
Sour cream, curd or milk- 1/2 cup (I used milk)
Salt to taste
Pepper powder- 1/8 teaspoon (you can add more if you want)
For Roasted Chicken
Diced boneless chicken- 2 cups (you can use more or less)
Salt to taste
Pepper powder- 1 teaspoon
Oil- 1 tablespoon
Marinate the chicken pieces with salt and pepper for a few minutes. Heat oil in a pan and put the marinated chicken in it. Cook on high flame for 2 minutes. Reduce to low flame and let it cook till the chicken turns light brown in colour. Switch off heat and keep aside.
For cooking pasta, take a pan of water. More, the better. Put it on heat and let it boil. When it comes to a rolling boil, add the pasta and keep stirring the initial few minutes, so that they don’t stick to each other. Usually pasta takes approximately 8-10 minutes to cook. Make sure it is not overcooked. So keep a watch. It should be ‘al dente’ – firm, yet tender, with a tiny core in the middle. When you cut into a piece, there shouldn’t be any white in the centre of the pasta. It should be opaque. Drain into a colander.
Melt butter in a pan. Cook garlic and onions over medium heat, until onions have softened. Add flour and cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Stir in broth, stirring frequently until sauce comes to simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream/curd/milk until it well blended. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cooked pasta and the roasted chicken and mix well. Serve immedietely. Bon Appetit !!