Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bowtie Chicken

Parsley is a wonderfully nutritious and healing food, it is often under appreciated. Most folks don’t realize that this vegetable has more uses than just being a decorative garnish that accompanies restaurant meals. They do not know that parsley is actually a store hose of nutrients and that it features a delicious green and vibrant taste.

The two most popular types of parsley are curly parsley and Italian flat leaf parsley. The Italian variety has a more fragrant and less bitter taste than the curly variety. There’s also another type of parsley known as turnip rooted (or Hamburg) that is cultivated for its roots, which resemble salsify and burdock. Parsley belongs to the Umbelliferae family of plants, and its Latin name is Petroselinum crispum.

Parsley is native to the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe.It has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years; parsley was used medicinally prior to being consumed as a food. The ancient Greeks held parsley to be sacred, using it to not only adorn victors of athletic contests, but also for decorating the tombs of the deceased. The practice of using parsley as a garnish actually has a long history that can be traced back to the civilization of the ancient Romans.
Research Source: WH Foods

Simple saucy pasta dish.

Bowtie Chicken
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8 ounces bowtie pasta
4 tablespoons butter
2 boneless skinless chicken breast
salt and pepper, to taste
3/4 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 (10.5 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 heaping tablespoon parsley, chopped

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in skillet over medium high heat. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, add chicken to skillet, and cook until brown and no longer pink in center. Remove chicken from skillet, slice in thin strips. Set aside.

Add remaining butter to skillet, and then add garlic, stirring, cook for 1 minute. Add chicken broth and cream of chicken soup, stirring and heat through. Add pasta and toss. Add chicken and continue to toss until combine.

Taste and adjust seasoning, if desired. Top with Parmesan cheese and minced parsley. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


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