Chicken Spinach Alfredo Rotini

It's your kitchen so feel free to swap in your personal favourite: penne, fusili, farfalle and raditorre are just a few others that come to mind beyond the obvious fettuccini or linguine
It’s your kitchen so feel free to swap in your personal favourite: penne, fusili, farfalle and raditorre are just a few other pastas that come to mind beyond fettuccini or linguine

Few dishes can be considered more comforting than a good pasta in Alfredo sauce. Add chicken, spinach and even mushrooms and I think you’ve got something very special. This easy to prepare dish is wonderful comfort food, looks great on the plate and is terrifically nutritious. I like to add the earthy quality of mushrooms… you may choose to live without them… hey, its your kitchen… you choose.

Pictured here is a chicken Alfredo using Rotini as the pasta of choice. As above, it’s your kitchen, so feel free to swap in your personal fave. Penne, fusili, farfalle, raditorre are just a few others that come to mind beyond the obvious fettuccini or linguine.

One Veteran Move to consider is choosing milk or cream. To my tastes, I like to use whipping cream for a nice thick sauce. But, if you wanted to count calories a bit, you could use whole milk instead. Also, reserve about a half cup of the pasta water to have on hand if your sauce seems too thick. As another Veteran Move this is always a good idea when making any pasta dish. The starch in the water allows you to stretch the sauce without sacrificing its creamy quality.

Chicken, mushrooms, spinach, bacon, garlic, milk, and Parmesan cheese are key ingredients of this delicious dish
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons oil
2 chicken breasts
3 cloves garlic
1 cup mushrooms
6 strips bacon, cooked
5 oz spinach
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1 cup whole milk or whipping cream
1 ¼ cups Rotini pasta, cooked
1 cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Thinly slice chicken breasts. Mince garlic cloves. Slice mushrooms. Chop bacon slices and reserve spinach for later.
Thinly slice chicken breasts
Mince garlic cloves
Slice mushrooms
Chop bacon slices
Reserve spinach for later
Heat oil in a large pot over high heat and cook the chicken until no pink is showing
Heat oil in a large pot over high heat and cook the chicken until no pink is showing
Meanwhile, cook pasta just shy of time suggested (it will finish cooking in the oven)
Turn the heat down to medium and add the garlic
Turn the heat down to medium, add the garlic and…
Add the garlic and stir into the cooked chicken for 30 seconds to 1 minute
…stir into the cooked chicken for 30 seconds to 1 minute
Add mushrooms
Add mushrooms and…
Cook for approximately 4-5 minutes until mushrooms release their juice
…cook for approximately 4-5 minutes until mushrooms release their juice
Add the bacon
Stir in the bacon…
Add the spinach
… and the spinach…
Season with salt and pepper to taste
… and season with salt and pepper to taste
Once spinach has begun to wilt, add the cream or milk and mix thoroughly
Once spinach has begun to wilt, add the cream or milk and mix thoroughly
Then, add the Parmesan and mix it thoroughly into the chicken
Then, add the Parmesan and mix it thoroughly into the chicken
As the sauce thickens add the parsley and mix it thoroughly
As the sauce thickens add the parsley and mix it thoroughly
Once the sauce has thickened somewhat add the pasta
Once the sauce has thickened somewhat add the pasta…
Thoroughly mix the pasta into the dish
…and thoroughly mix it into the dish
Serve with a salad and fresh Parmesan as desired
Serve with a salad and fresh Parmesan as desired

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