Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Penne with Bok Choy and Left-over Roast Chicken

I came up with this dish when I had a load of left-over rotisserie chicken(breast fillets specifically, which tends to get dry the following day) that I did not feel like eating as it is. Not wanting to waste the chicken, I wanted to use it in a dish with the least amount of work needed without sacrificing great taste, and the result is this.

Servings: 4

  • Penne Pasta - 1 lb (any type of pasta can be used, I used penne since my hubby loves it)
  • Left-over Roast Chicken Breast Fillet* - 1 big/2 small (1/2 lb), deboned and cut into bite size pieces.
  • Cream Cheese - 1 cup or 1 8oz block (fat-free cheese can also be used for a lighter version)
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Baby Bok Choy - 1 lb, cleaned and leaves separated, if they are too big then just cut into 2inch long pieces.
  • Italian Parcely - 1/2 cup, chopped
  • Parmesan Cheese - 1/2 cup
  • Salt & pepper
  • Cook the pasta in salted water till al dente.
  • Drain and set aside, storing a cup of the cooking liquid.
  • Heat a little bit oil in a big non-stick pan. Add the bokchoy, saute till translucent but should still be brightly green in colour. You are looking for a crispy texture.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the chicken, and saute for about 5 min, till the chicken is heated through.
  • Toss the cooked pasta in with the chicken and bokchoy. Saute for few min.
  • Remove the pan from over the heat, stir in the milk and the cream cheese.
  • Add the the saved pasta cooking liquid, return the pan over the heat.
  • Simmer on low heat for about 5-7 min, until the sauce thickens and gets a sticky consistency, while stirring softly to melt the cheese into the pasta.
  • Turn off the heat and top it with Parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve warm.**
* You can also substitute the rotisserie chicken with plain cooked (steamed/boiled) chicken. If taking this option, cut the raw chicken breast fillets into bite size pieces. Cook in 1 cup of water with salt and pepper to taste. Drain and cool. Then follow the above steps.
**For decoration purposes, you can alternatively serve the pasta in serving plates first and then top each individual plate with a bit of Parmesan cheese and parsley.


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