Chicken and Broccoli Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce

Nothing says comfort food to me like pasta. I can eat it almost every way under the sun, but I’m trying to eat a little healthier these days, so tons of cheese just doesn’t fit on my plate anymore. Of course, I still want the creamy consistency, though! So, to feed my creamy pasta cravings, I make this easy chicken & broccoli pasta with garlic cream sauce.

 I start by boiling my pasta. While my pasta is boiling, I put a steamer tray right over the pot and steam my broccoli, too. It’s like a 2 for 1 – gotta love that! I use 1 pound of orecchiette pasta and a couple of big bunches of broccoli (I only use the florettes.) When it’s finished, make sure to save 2 cups (or so) of the pasta water.

 In the 11 mins or so that it takes the pasta to cook, I get the rest of my ingredients ready to go. I start by dicing some leftover grilled chicken (you could totally use a deli roasted chicken, too!) I use 4 breasts for the 1 lb. of pasta.

 In a small sauce pan, I cook 2 cloves of garlic in 1/2 stick of butter.  After the broccoli and pasta are ready, I put the drained pasta & broccoli into the butter.

Next, take 1 cup of pasta water and whisk it with 1 cup of sour cream. The water will help to thicken it.

Pour it over the pasta and stuff, then mix it all together until combined. Add a dash more water if you need more liquid. Salt & pepper to taste. If you wanna be a little extravagant, a little Parmesan cheese is delish in there, too :)
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Comments

  1. Definitely going to have to give this one a try! Thanks so much for sharing :-)

  2. Wow, that looks delicious! I am not a fan of red sauce so I am always looking for alternatives that are not just Alfredo sauce or butter. Can’t wait to try this out on the hubby. Thanks!

    Fanny
    http://www.pinstripedpenguin.com

  3. This looks so delicious! I’m always looking for new recipes so I’ll definitely be giving this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy New Year!

    Lori
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  4. Oooh, yum!!! This looks like something my whole family will eat – will try it!

  5. Past is my favorite comfort food as well, and this looks amazing!

  6. Definitely making this one for dinner tomorrow! It looks so good and easy! Thank you!

  7. OMGosh! THAT looks delicious! Yum- thanks for the recipe- xo Diana

  8. I much prefer creamy sauces to red ones, and this sounds like a winner!

  9. Sounds good. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year, Gina!

  10. Thanks for this recipe Gina’ I too love pasta,Aand this one has another fav of mine Broccoli* i will be trying this for sure<:d
    Happy New Year to you and yours x

  11. I’m going to try this too! Love adding some chicken recipes!
    Cheri

  12. Great recipe, I will definitely be trying this. I love your blog, very inspiring

  13. This looks so delicious! A love the step by step photos. Thanks for posting this great recipe!

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