Bits of Sweetness: Home-made Chicken Broccoli Fettucine

Home-made Chicken Broccoli Fettucine

I love me some good Italian food. I made up this recipe yesterday and decided to share it because it was so good. Even thought I made do with garlic salt and grated (instead of tasty shredded) parmesan cheese, it was a winner. (Next time I will make sure to use real garlic and shredded parmesan cheese!)

Ingredients:
2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts 
1 Tablespoon E.V.O.O. {extra virgin olive oil}
Salt & Pepper for cooking chicken
4 Tablespoons butter
3/4 cupcup parmesan cheese {preferably shredded or flakes}
1/4 cup flour
4 cups milk
2 cups chopped broccoli
Generous garlic salt, and salt & pepper for sauce

Instructions:
Heat olive oil and add chicken to a medium-large saucepan
Add salt and pepper
Cook chicken until light brown


In a separate pot, boil water for pasta & cook when ready. We love Barilla pasta!



Move chicken to paper-towel covered plate or cutting board to absorb extra grease.
Clean out your saucepan with a paper towel. Cut chicken into 1/2 inch-1 inch {approx} chunks

 I had lots of extra chicken leftover so I put it in a container, labeled it & put it in the freezer for later.

Melt butter in the saucepan. Add parmesan cheese,flour,garlic, and salt and pepper. Whisk well. Add milk and whisk again. Simmer on medium-low heat for ten minutes. Add chicken and broccoli. Check if it is to your taste preference. I love flavor and usually add quit a bit of it- garlic, salt & pepper, etc. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until thickened.


Enjoy!


We had ours with some toast. It was delicious!

If you're a busy mom and don't have much time for cooking, try intentionally making extra and freezing the extra. We had lots of leftovers so I easily could have saved some in a dish and put it in the freezer before serving it. Another idea is to set aside one day to just cook things for the rest of the month. It's a good excuse to buy the big family packs of meat because you can divide it up into different meals. Example could be to buy a bunch of hamburger, split it up, and cook it into different meals in one day. Just make sure you label it with the contents and the date! If you have a large family and your dishes would be frozen in pans rather than tupperware containers, a great idea is to cover the pan in foil, write on it what it is, the temperature it needs to be cooked at and the time it needs to cook for. (that way your husband or older kids could put dinner in the oven!) Put plastic wrap around it a couple times both ways to keep it from spilling.

There you go! Just a few helpful tips!

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