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Spaghetti with Garlic, Chicken, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Categories: Entertaining, Low-fat, Pasta Dishes
Type: Main Dishes

This excellent pasta dish features chicken and sun-dried tomatoes.

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup diced sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • 1 cup chicken broth, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 8 ounces thin spaghetti
  • 12 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon crushed fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup grated nonfat or regular Parmesan cheese

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Directions:

  1. Place the tomatoes and 1/4 cup of the broth in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 2 minutes, or until the tomatoes are plumped and the liquid is absorbed. Remove the pot from the heat, and cover to keep warm.
  2. Place the remaining 3/4 cup of broth in a small dish. Add the cornstarch and pepper, and stir to dissolve the cornstarch. Set aside.
  3. Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain well, return to the pot, and cover to keep warm.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, rinse the chicken with cool water, and pat it dry with paper towels. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, sprinkle with the salt, and set aside.
  5. Coat a large skillet with nonstick olive oil cooking spray or with the olive oil, and preheat over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and chicken, and stir-fry for about 4 minutes, or until the chicken is nicely browned and no longer pink inside.
  6. Reduce the heat under the skillet to medium, and add the sun-dried tomatoes and pasta to the skillet mixture. Stir the cornstarch mixture, and pour it over the pasta. Toss gently for a minute or 2, or until the sauce thickens slightly.
  7. Add the scallions to the pasta mixture, and toss to mix well. Remove the skillet from the heat, and serve hot, topping each serving with a tablespoon of the Parmesan.

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Best-Kept Secrets of Healthy Cooking by Sandra Woodruff, R.D. Copyright © 2000 by Sandra Woodruff.

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