Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Creamy Chicken Pasta with Spinach

There is a post that I've been meaning to make but I haven't been able to set my heart on writing the post. The cacophony from my hell week is still reverberating in my life much to my distress and anguish.

Maybe in a few weeks, I will be able to move on from this state of mental torment, like moving on from a soured relationship. But in this case, it is dental school (and strangely, not a boy) who has crushed my heart into shambles. Except you can't exact revenge on dental schools...

And so in the meantime, I present to you: Creamy Chicken Pasta with Spinach.

Paired with a carton of ice cream and some Disaronno, it's like a concoction of unhealthy soul food that helps one wile away their sorrow. Okay, despite the butter and heavy cream involved in this recipes, it's still a ton healthier than soul food. But you get my drift.

I'm probably not giving this recipe enough credit. It's decent enough if you are into the creamy, buttery type of pasta with a kick of spiciness. But the million dollar question of my day: is it legal for pasta to be spicy?

Creamy Chicken Pasta with Spinach
Adapted from: Handle the Heat

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken cutlet
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 3/4 cup who-grain penne

  1. Cook pasta according to the instructions on the packaging.
  2. Generously season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add chicken and cook approximately 2-3 minutes per side (until golden brown).
  4. Remove chicken from skillet.
  5. Add garlic and crushed red pepper flakes to the skillet; cook 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  6. Add butter to the center of the pan and let it melt.
  7. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Reduce heat to low and whisk in heavy cream.
  9. Stir in spinach, allowing it to wilt slightly.
  10. Stir in cooked pasta and thoroughly mix before serving.

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