I love a good chicken and pasta dish. This Chicken Florentine Pasta from Ali over at Sparks from the Kitchen sounded like a great weeknight meal.
After reading the ingredient list I decided to add a pint of roasted grape tomatoes since they needed to be used up and I knew the flavors would go well together. This was a delicious, creamy pasta with great bursts of flavor from the tomatoes.
Chicken Florentine Pasta
Slightly adapted from Sparks from the Kitchen
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into small bite-sized pieces
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 lb uncooked capellini
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
1 cup whole milk
1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
3 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 3/4 cup) plus extra for sprinkling
1 bag baby spinach leaves
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss tomatoes with oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes, or until tomatoes start to burst. Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, then mash with a potato masher to make it easier to remove the skin (optional).
Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and melt butter. Add the chicken to the pan and cook until cooked through and browned. Set aside and wipe pan clean.
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain well; keep warm.
In the same skillet over medium-high heat add the oil; swirl to coat. Add flour and garlic; cook until garlic is browned (about 2 minutes), stirring constantly. Add milk and broth, stirring with a whisk; bring to a simmer, and cook 2 minutes or until thickened.
Add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and spinach; stir until spinach wilts. Add pasta, tomatoes, and chicken; toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with remaining parmesan.