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Louisiana Chicken and Pasta

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  4 reviews
  • 35 min prep time
  • 35 min total time
  • 12 ingredients
  • 5 servings
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This skillet dinner has it all- pasta, chicken, bacon and beans blended in a quick meal that’s ready in 35 minutes.

Ingredients

8
oz. (2 cups) uncooked gemelli (pasta twists)
4
slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2
boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1
cup diced green bell pepper
1
medium onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1
(15-oz.) can black-eyed peas or garbanzo beans, drained
1/2
cup chicken broth
2
tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2
teaspoon garlic-pepper blend
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/8
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, if desired

Steps

  • 1 Cook gemelli to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; cover to keep warm.
  • 2 Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Add chicken, bell pepper and onion; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until chicken is browned, stirring occasionally.
  • 3 Add all remaining ingredients except parsley; mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook until chicken is no longer pink in center, stirring occasionally. Stir in gemelli; cook and stir until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with parsley.
  • 1 Cook gemelli to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; cover to keep warm.
  • 2 Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Add chicken, bell pepper and onion; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until chicken is browned, stirring occasionally.
  • 3 Add all remaining ingredients except parsley; mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook until chicken is no longer pink in center, stirring occasionally. Stir in gemelli; cook and stir until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with parsley.

Expert Tips

This recipe combines chicken and gemelli pasta with the classic Louisiana flavors of green bell pepper, onion, black-eyed peas, ground red pepper and thyme.

Frozen black-eyed peas can be used in this recipe; cook them according to package directions before use.

Cornbread and pecan pie go well with this tasty one-dish New Orleans-style pasta dish.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
360
Calories from Fat
55
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
9%
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Cholesterol
35mg
12%
Sodium
620mg
26%
Total Carbohydrate
58g
19%
Dietary Fiber
8g
32%
Sugars
5g
5%
Protein
26g
26%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
26%
26%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
28%
28%
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Very Lean Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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