Chicken Pasta with Creamy Parmesan Sauce


We are starting our first full week back to school. I hope if you have just started your first week was better than ours. My daughter did great. She likes her classes and can’t believe how most of the kids in her class are not getting their assignments done already. I tried to tell her how much better off she would be with being homeschooled/on-line schooled but the proof is just now being seen by her. She has an assignment due Monday that she has to comment on the other students’ work and only four students had posted their work by Saturday night. One was another homeschooler and then two other girls in the class.  She feels good about college so far.

My son on the other hand, oy! He got his first F for not handing in his homework. Now, per his 504 plan he gets an extra day to turn in assignments because of his lack of executive functioning skills.  It’s not that he did not complete the assignment but that rather he has trouble with carrying things from point A to point B.  Usually we scan and email as a backup but he wanted to try to do it on his own this year without the scanning. The assignment was due on Wednesday, he forgot it at home. This is typical for him. Okay, he will turn it in on Thursday. Look on Friday. An F. I ask him why he didn’t turn it in? He told me he wasn’t sure why buy he just didn’t.  Not, I forgot. Just, I didn’t. Ugh. So, we are back to scanning and emailing until he can turn his homework in for a full week on time.

But, the calendar sure filled up quickly on us. Once all the teachers handed out their extra schedules, I am attending a class for my job for the next two months, going to a conference for a week back in Rochester, NY, and of course it is my wife’s tax season until December 15th so she is working 65-75 hours a week for the next month, needless to say we are going simple on meals. Remember, simple doesn’t mean boring!

Verdict:

This was a super hit with the family. My family loves when I cook with wine and beer. Both kids hate the smell of it until the alcohol cooks off but they love the flavor it adds to the dishes.  if you don’t like wine you can substitute chicken stock in the recipe. Both kids commented that it was better than restaurant food! I will take the pats on the back when they come.

I served this with a side of steamed broccoli and a green salad to complete the meal.

Chicken Pasta with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fancy restaurant type meal that is a snap to put together.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast, cut into 1″ or so pieces
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 16 oz.  thin spaghetti or linguine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup white wine, your favorite wine
  • 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, if desired
  • fresh basil for topping, if desired
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, black pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Mix well. Drop the chicken pieces into the bowl and stir well to coat. Remove pieces and shake slightly to remove excess coating. Set aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, place flour coated chicken into the skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  3. To the chicken pan add the 4 tablespoons butter, onion and garlic cloves to pan. Cook on medium high until onions and garlic are translucent, about 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon flour to pan and whisk to combine. Add heavy cream, wine, 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning, salt and red pepper while continuing to whisk mixture. Bring mixture to a simmer and add 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese. Use a whisk and mix it in until sauce is smooth.
  4. Cook spaghetti according package instructions in salty water.
  5. Add cooked pasta to the skillet with the sauce and stir to combine on low heat for 2-4 minutes. Taste and adjust spices, if needed. Return chicken to skillet on top of the pasta and allow it to warm through. Serve chicken either on top or next to pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and basil, if desired.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. My favourite! yumm thanks! 😀

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  2. mistimaan says:

    Nice recipe

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Erika Kind says:

    That’s a really busy schedule for all of you. This meal sounds fantastic and so creative. Looking forward to trying it out!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, Erika!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Erika Kind says:

        You are welcome 😊

        Like

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Like

  4. renxkyoko says:

    Had to write recipe on a piece of paper. Aaargh. I don’t have a printer.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you for doing that! Hope you like it!

      Like

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