Friday, February 7, 2014

Healthier Chicken Fettuccine Ortaggio

Healthier Chicken Fettuccine Ortaggio

Fat-free half-and-half gives a creamy taste to the pasta, chicken, and mixed vegetables in this 20 minute dinner.
Here is another dish named by slave in hopes that it will become a family favorite. Its a meal all to itself with meat, pasta and vegetables. Go ahead and add a nice chilled Pinot Noir or, like slave, a bottle of cold water!
This would also make a great dinner for February 14th. If that is the case, all you have to add is a small dish of dark chocolates and some Dom PĂ©rignon! ♥

  • 1 9 ounce package fettuccine Whole wheat is best
  • 1 pgk frozen Mixed Vegetables slave found some with corn, carrots and asparagus
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ cup fat-free half-and-half
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1 Tbs. Balsamic vinegar
Cook pasta according to the directions on the package, but don't salt the water. Three minutes before the pasta is supposed to be done, add the vegetables to the pot. Do this slowly a little bit at a time. You want to keep the water boiling. Finish cooking then drain, and reserve ¾ cup of cooking liquid. 

Meanwhile, cook chicken in a large skillet on medium-high heat until lightly browned and juices run clear. If you pound the chicken down flat it will cook much quicker. Set chicken on plate and cover with foil. Leave about 2 Tbs. of drippings in the pan.

Add onion to the hot pan and saute for 3 minutes in the leftover drippings. Add garlic and thyme, and cook another minute. Add the vinegar and stir to loosen any bits from the bottom of the pan (the fond). 

 Stir in pasta and vegetables very carefully. The skillet will be full!

Add the cooking liquid, and half-and-half. Cook 2 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan Cheese until melted through. Toss the pasta and serve on large platter. Arrange the pieces of chicken on top.

You can make more of a sauce if you use a full cup of the half and half and a full cup of the cheese.
However remember when you use something that is “Fat Free”, that usually means that instead of fat they have added sugar. Which the body then turns into fat! So you have to decide which you want to have.

This tasted so good to slave when it was being served tonight it was a real effort to get up from the table and pack the left-overs away.

Happy and grateful to be serving my Master Indy


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

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