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Monday, July 18, 2011

Chicken & Pasta with Roasted Garlic, White Cheddar & Wine Sauce

This recipe reminded me of something you could get from The Olive Garden (which I, Holly, thinks is authentic Italian even if it isn't to some of you out there!). The flavor is amazing and it tastes worse for you than it is, who doesn't love that?

12 oz pasta (I used orecchetti)
1½ tbsp. butter
¼ cup roasted garlic paste*
1½ tbsp. flour
¼ cup dry white wine
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets and blanched until crisp-tender

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup liquid egg substitute
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/2 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika

Salt and pepper, to taste

*To make roasted garlic paste, peel the outer papery skins off two heads of garlic, leaving the heads still intact. Slice about a quarter off the top of each head so that all of the cloves are partly exposed. Wrap the heads in foil and bake at 350˚ F for one hour. Remove from the oven and let cool. Once cool enough to touch, squeeze the garlic cloves out of the peels and smash with a fork to make roasted garlic paste.


Combine bread crumbs, italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika in a small dish. Dredge chicken in egg and then coat with bread crumb mixture. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake on 375 until cooked through (about 30 to 40 minutes depening on thickness of chicken). I cooked my chicken while roasting my garlic.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook the pasta until al dente according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet or saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the roasted garlic paste and cook just until fragrant, 30-60 seconds. Whisk the flour into the mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to turn golden brown, 1-2 minutes. Stir the white wine and broth into the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the cheddar and stir until melted. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

Mix in the broccoli florets and cook just until heated through. Mix in the cooked pasta until evenly coated with the sauce. Serve warm with the baked chicken.

*recipe adapted from Annies Eats 

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