#weliketoeat : Skinny Chicken [& shrimp] Alfredo
It helps when posting entries to actually schedule them and not just save them as drafts. So yeah, that happened on this post and two more after it. You think I would’ve caught that rookie mistake, but no, no I didn’t. Better late than never, right?
So I found a recipe on Pinterest awhile ago and wanted to adapt it to make it a little healthier. The result is super fantastic, super easy and mighty delicious. I had to share. You’re welcome.
Skinny Chicken [& shrimp] Alfredo
2 chicken breasts, seasoned with salt & pepper then cooked and cut into bite sized pieces
2 cups cooked broccoli
8 oz rotini [or your favorite pasta]
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken stock or broth
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
salt and pepper
3/4-1 cup grated parmesan cheese
Cook the pasta according to package directions, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water before draining and set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a medium sized skillet. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly until lightly brown, about one minute. Sprinkle in flour then whisk to mix it in and cook for another minute.
Slowly whisk in the chicken stock, then the milk. Add in the greek yogurt, salt and pepper. Turn the heat down to low and let the mixture simmer until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Turn the heat off then stir in the parmesan cheese then chicken. Pour over the cooked pasta and add in the broccoli. Stir well. Add in the reserved pasta cooking water if the sauce is too thick.
Serve and enjoy!
I used a goofy shaped pasta because I thought it was fun. Tasted just as amazing.
I also added shrimp [chopped into bite sized pieces to compliment the chicken] as well and it was awesome. I also lightly seasoned both the chicken and the shrimp with a cajun seasoning to add a little kick.
Instead of straight parmesan cheese, I used a white blended mix which included 6 different cheeses. Usually I shred my own because I think it tastes better, but I thought this would work just as well – and it did.
I also cheated and used steam-in-the-bag broccoli. Added it in the end like the directions say and it was just right.
Jon said the sauce was the perfect texture and consistency and he didn’t even know it was a skinny version! Woot woot for that one!
Hopefully you try it out, enjoy it and add it to your dinner arsenal. Let me know what you think!