Chicken Florentine Pasta

I was flipping through my old recipe book the other day when I came across this pasta recipe. I remember making it all the time when I first found out I had Celiac, since pasta was one of the few food items that didn’t change much whether it was gluten free or not. It was definitely a favorite of mine, but as I got used to cooking without grain-based ingredients, my pasta recipes sort of faded into oblivion. That is why when I saw it in my book, I definitely wanted to make it again. It is a pretty basic dish, but it has a very unique taste. Plus it was a good excuse to cook with wine, which is code for using 1/2 cup of it for the food and drinking the rest of the bottle!

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces of gluten free pasta (here is my favorite!)
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 2 cups of baby tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packaging. While the pasta is cooking, cut up the chicken into small bite-sized pieces and slice the tomatoes in half.
  2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper the chicken pieces then add them to the skillet. Pan fry in the skillet until the chicken is cooked through and browned on all sides.
  3. Remove the chicken from the skillet and lower the heat to medium. In the remaining oil, saute the garlic for a few seconds, then add the chicken broth and wine. Stir well and boil until it is reduced in half.
  4. Mix the cooked pasta, chicken, sauce, tomatoes, and spinach together. I also like to mix in some Parmesan cheese. Mix well until the spinach has wilted.
  5. Serve and top off with some dried basil.

 

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