Chicken & Farfalle with Creamy Walnut Sauce

Chicken & Farfalle with Creamy Walnut Sauce

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1997

Gorgeous-looking and lively tasting, this dish is rich in omega-3s, thanks to a double-hit of walnuts (nuts and oil). And although it's a bit pricy, walnut oil adds a distinctive, complementary flavor. You can also use it in a vinaigrette to top an accompanying salad.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • ⅓ cup walnuts
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, (see Tips for Two)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon walnut oil, or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed of fat, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 4 ounces whole-wheat farfalle pasta
  • 1 cup small broccoli florets
  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips


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  1. Put a large saucepan of water on to boil. Combine walnuts, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne in a blender; pulse until finely chopped. Blend in broth, parsley and lemon juice until smooth and creamy.
  2. Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring often, until it is no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Cook pasta for 5 minutes. Add broccoli and bell pepper, cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta and vegetables are just tender, about 4 minutes more. Drain, return to the pot. Add the walnut sauce and chicken; toss to coat.
  • ?Tips for Two: Store leftover canned broth for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in your freezer. Leftover broth in aseptic packages keeps for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. Add to soups, sauces, stews; use for cooking rice and grains; add a little when reheating leftovers to prevent them from drying out.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 474 calories; 17 g fat(2 g sat); 10 g fiber; 50 g carbohydrates; 36 g protein; 98 mcg folate; 63 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2,356 IU vitamin A; 77 mg vitamin C; 79 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 433 mg sodium; 621 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (128% daily value), Vitamin A (47% dv), Folate (24% dv), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:

Reviews 4

September 09, 2017
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By: let_food_be_thy_medicine
This was my first Eating Well meal that I've prepared. It was DELICIOUS!!!!! I was hesitant-what is a walnut cream sauce...? It's bomb-that's what it is. I used my usual olive oil and I feel like it's just as good as walnut oil-but I'm no chef. This was a meal that made you feel like you weren't dieting, more like nourishing. It didn't take long and I'm satisfied! Bless.
March 13, 2017
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By: Scott Cochrane
This was an amazing recipe out of nowhere! I am not a cream sauce alfredo person, but this was to die for and had what I thought was a really great creaminess. I suated the chicken in a tblespn peanut oil and with e light coating of wheat flour and cinnamon. It was light with lots of flavour, I used fresh lemon and I only had dried Parsley but it was perfect. If you double e the recipe for 4 it makes lots of sauce. I made it for two kids and my wife. They all, well almost all ate it up. My there year old became distracted so thats a 50/50 call. Go ahead and make this is one of those, yah I remember thats why I like eating well. worth it. I dont usually post reviews but this needs some push towards the front. Kudos to the chef that came up with this. Oh I also used a magic bullet to make the sauce not a blender, I dont know it thats going to make a big difference or not. Very Easy to make
September 28, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Great flavor, and texture Made a large batch version without the broccoli and it turned out great! Very creamy, and a nice, nutty flavor. Forgot the broccoli, but I like the ratio of sauce/pasta without it. Pros: easy to make, delicious
November 27, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious Thought it was a delicious meal that I was able to easily cook and prepare, served it up to my girlfriend and then her family soon after. Very popular and absolutely delicious. Pros: Easy to make, even for a novice like me and a great romantic meal that I was able to cook. Cons: Difficult to blend the dried ingredients effectively
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