Monday, January 18, 2016

One Pot Chicken Florentine

One pot.  That got your attention didn't it?  One pot equals, easy, less dishes and we all know we LOATHE doing dishes.  Don't we?

Really, one pot just means easy to me.  And as I mentioned, not tons of dishes.  There is a little prep work, but it is so worth it.  A cutting board, a knife, a measuring spoon, the usual suspects but that is nothing.  You could even serve this in paper/plastic bowls or plates.  Sad isn't it?  Sad that a person (me) who encourages meals at the table, together, families, talking, communicating, laughing, is encouraging hurrying up dinner, with throw away dishes so you can get to your favorite drama of the night.  Oh well, that's me.

This is kind of an all in one, veggie, lean protein, and definitely the heavy cream food group!  I hope you enjoy this quickie! (teehee)  Sorry, that was completely inappropriate, but, hey..........*shrugs*

Make this in a large pot, something with a lid.  TIP: IF you have a ginormous pot that you have no lid for, whether you lost it, broke it, used it as a weapon in a murder case, etc.......use a pizza pan upside down for a lid!

You will need:
1 T. butter
2 lg chicken breasts cut into bite sized chunks, uncooked
1/4 tsp (heaping) minced garlic
3 cups chicken stock
12 oz. bow tie pasta
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup good grated Parmesan cheese
2-3 cups fresh spinach (NOT frozen)
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot melt your butter.  Add in cut up chicken and stir often, until the chicken is nearly cooked through. Add in garlic and pepper and stir for 1 minute.

Pour in the chicken stock, bring a boil and add in pasta.

Cover, and reduce heat to simmer for the time that is suggested on your pasta package.  Now, TWO minutes before the timer goes off, uncover, stir, add in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese and stir to combine.

Stir in spinach.  Keep stirring to wilt the spinach, and when it is wilted shut off the heat.

Add the halved tomatoes and toss.  Let sit for 2-3 minutes before serving.  Serve this with some toasty, roasty, crunch bread!


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