Chicken (or not) w/ Broccoli and Ziti

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Serves: 4
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


1/4 c olive oil
2 large boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
3 garlic cloves , slivered
salt and ground pepper to taste
2 c broccoli flowerets
1/2 lb ziti, cooked
1/3 c half and half or milk
1/2 c fresh parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
dried red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 c pasta water as needed

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Rosemarie Zub Recipe
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Clark, NJ (pop. 44,764)
Member Since Apr 2012
Rosemarie's notes for this recipe:
I found this looking through some of my Aunts belongings of hand written recipes. Gave it a try and really LOVED IT!!The family gave this thumbs up!
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Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the chicken with the garlic, salt, and pepper until lightly browned.
Add the broccoli flowerets. Toss with the chicken. Cook and stir for 1 minute.
Add milk and ONLY 1/4 of the grated Parmesan cheese. Using high heat, quickly toss all ingredients until a nice milky sauce has formed (1-2 min.).
Cook ziti according to package directions. Drain, but do not rinse and reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water.
Toss the ziti with the butter. Add ziti to the chicken and broccoli and toss gently. Add the reserve pasta water as needed and toss again. Sprinkle with remaining grated Parmesan cheese, and red flakes. Serve.
NOTE: You can make this dish without the chicken, Just add a little of a vegetable stock when sautéing the garlic and broccoli.


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user Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin - Aug 18, 2013
Do you cook the broccoli.. ahead of time??? it nancy. 8/19/13
user Rosemarie Zub rozemarie - Aug 18, 2013
Hi :). Now I don't pre cook the broccoli. Really great dish. I u like beans I came up with a great dish last nite I just posted here
user Rosemarie Zub rozemarie - Aug 18, 2013
I meant to type IF u like....

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