Thursday, September 11, 2008

Bow Ties, Zucchini, Carrots, and Chicken

Here is a great one I pulled off tonight while doing an ingredient search at 5pm tonight trying to sort out what to make for dinner. I'm sure that NEVER happens to any of you! :-) If you haven't tried that feature of, you should! Click on Ingredients at the top of the page, then just type in ingredients you have and can even put in things you don't want and it comes up with tons of great recipes! I use it a lot! Saves me from feeling like I HAVE to go to the store to make something. I did that BEFORE I had kids!

My kids ALL gobbled this up. Some ate more zucchini than others, but they all ate everything else.

1 tablespoon olive oil
12 cloves garlic, pressed and divided
4 zucchini, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into bite-size pieces
1 pound carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 (16 ounce) package uncooked farfalle (bow tie) pasta
1/4 cup butter
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
3/4 cup water
1 (.18 ounce) packet chicken bouillon granules
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook 4 cloves garlic 1 minute, until golden brown. Place zucchini in the skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender. Set aside. Place chicken in the skillet, and cook 10 minutes, or until juices run clear.
2. Place the carrots in a pot with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cook until tender, drain, and set aside.
3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add farfalle pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
4. Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat, and cook the remaining garlic until golden brown. Pour in the chicken broth and water, and stir in bouillon granules until dissolved. Gradually stir in Parmesan cheese. Mix in zucchini, chicken, and carrot, and continue cooking until heated through. Gently toss with pasta to serve.

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