Friday, December 11, 2015

Week 13: Houston Texans @ Buffalo Bills

While we visited Buffalo, the fam originally wanted to order Buffalo Wild Wings but my preggo sis had a craving for my Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo so that's what we made! Here's the recipe:

1 package chicken tenderloin, cubed
1 package campanelle pasta
2 heads broccoli crowns
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dry thyme
2 tablespoons dry basil
4 tablespoons dry or fresh parsley
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash garlic & herb seasoning
1 cup parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup water or chicken broth
1/4 cup vegetable oil
16 oz half and half
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cut broccoli into bite size pieces and set to cook in a pot of salted boiling water. Once cooked, remove and add pasta. Cook pasta to al dente and remove.
2. Cut chicken into bite size chunks and set in a bowl. Marinade with garlic powder, 1/2 tablespoon dry thyme, 1 tablespoon dry basil, cumin, salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash.
3. In a big saucepan set on medium high heat, add vegetable oil and chicken. Cook until chicken is browned and mostly cooked through. Remove from saucepan.
4. Add onions to saucepan and let cook until translucent.
5. Add garlic and let cook for one minute.
6. Add butter and flour. Mix until everything looks like a thick paste. If too dry, add more butter or vegetable oil. Let cook for a couple minutes.
7. Add water or chicken broth and use a whisk to fully incorporate paste with liquid.
8. Once everything is fully incorporated and smooth, mixture should be somewhat thick. Add all of half and half and continue mixing.
9. Add all remaining spices and let simmer until thick.
10. Add half of parmesan cheese and let melt in sauce.
11. Add chicken, broccoli, and pasta. Stir until everything is coated in the sauce. If the sauce is on the thin side, let it cook another 5 minutes or so.
12. Top with remaining parmesan cheese and serve.

This is one of my go to dishes. While it looks intimidating and long, it's soooo simple to make and only takes about a half hour. A couple things you can do to tweak this is change up the cheese if you want. Adding mozzarella would be good or even a good blue cheese. You can also remove the meat portion and make this completely vegetarian. You can also sub the broccoli for maybe bell peppers or another veggie of choice. With this recipe, it's really easy to make it versatile.

We lost to the Bills which sucked but my family all had smiles on their faces from the food so I guess the day was a success! See you next week!

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