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Chicken & Farfalle with Creamy Walnut Sauce

March/April 1997, EatingWell Serves Two

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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.


Chicken & Farfalle with Creamy Walnut Sauce Recipe

Makes: 2 servings, about 2 cups each

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, (see Tips for Two)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon walnut oil, or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed of fat, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 ounces whole-wheat farfalle pasta
  • 1 cup small broccoli florets
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips

Preparation

  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 & Notes

  • 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

Per serving: 468 calories; 17 g fat (2 g sat, 3 g mono); 63 mg cholesterol; 48 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 36 g protein; 10 g fiber; 381 mg sodium; 538 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (160% daily value), Vitamin A (45% dv), Iron (20% dv), Potassium (15% dv), excellent source of omega-3s.

Carbohydrate Servings: 212

Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 very lean meat, 2 1/2 fat



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