Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pasta and Chicken in a Chive Cream Sauce with Cherries and Pecans

It looks like dessert doesn't it. And it probably sounds a little odd, but trust me it's yummy! The tangy / sweet cherries cut through the rich sauce and the nuts add a nice crunch.


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
10 oz Farafalle (bow tie) pasta
8 oz Onion & Chive cream cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 pound cherries, pitted and quartered
1/4 cup chopped pecans
salt and pepper
1 Tbs vegetable oil


Fill a large pot with water and place over high heat. Once it comes to a boil, salt the water and cook the pasta according to package directions.

While the water is coming up to a boil, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Thinly slice the chicken breasts. Add them to the pan and salt and pepper them. Cook until done, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan, set aside.

Add milk to large skillet that the chicken was in. Once the milk is bubbling, whisk in the cream cheese until smooth. Lower heat to med-low and simmer for a couple minutes, to thicken the sauce. Season with pepper.

While the pasta is cooking and the sauce is simmering, pit and quarter the cherries.

Once the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the skillet with the sauce. Add the chicken and stir until coated in the sauce. Serve with nuts and cherries on top.

Serves 4

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