Chicken Tenders w/ Creamy Garlic Pasta Shells

Chicken Tenders w/ Creamy Garlic Pasta Shells - perfect dinner in 30 minutes or less. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn Good Friday to you folks! isn’t it great to know that we’re headed into the weekend? Hopefully you get to do something fun, relaxing or exciting. When you’re done doing that and your family  needs to eat make this delicious, all done in 30 minutes or less pasta dish. The cleverly shaped pasta shells scoop up the creamy garlic sauce delivering little bombs of flavor right to your mouth with no spill. Chicken Tenders w/ Creamy Garlic Pasta Shells - perfect dinner in 30 minutes or less. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

Chicken Tenders w/ Creamy Garlic Pasta Shells

Feeds: 4-6 people For pasta:

  • 1 lb pasta shells, cooked al dante
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 oz. cream cheese (1/2 pack)
  • 1/2 medium sized onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, pressed/minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the Chicken Tenders

  • 8-10 chicken tenders
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • Salt & Pepper for seasoning
  • Oil for frying the chicken tenders

For garnish:

  • 1/3-1/2 cups chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup  chopped scallions

Preparation: 1. Turn oven to 200F – 250F with the baking rack in the middle – chicken will be transferred here to keep warm until pasta is ready. 2. Start by making the chicken tenders. To do so, set up your station first. Place flour in a deep bowl. Whisk the eggs with a dash of salt & pepper in another bowl. Season both sides of the chicken with salt & pepper. Pour couple tablespoons oil into a skillet and set it over medium high heat. 3. Dredge the chicken pieces in flour, shake off excess, then dip into egg wash on both sides. Chicken Tenders w/ Creamy Garlic Pasta Shells - perfect dinner in 30 minutes or less. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn 4. Once the skillet is hot lower heat to medium, add the chicken pieces, fry on both sides until golden brown and cooked through covering with a lid in between. Once ready, transfer to a plate and place in the oven to keep warm. Cook the rest of the chicken pieces adding to the plate in the oven. Chicken Tenders w/ Creamy Garlic Pasta Shells - perfect dinner in 30 minutes or less. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn How to make the Creamy Garlic Pasta Shells 1. While the pasta is cooking in salted water, make the sauce. Set skillet over medium heat, add couple tablespoons oil. Once the oil is hot add the onion and saute until golden in color and soft, about 4-5 minutes. Then add the cream cheese, heavy cream & broth. Stir with a whisk until the sauce is smooth (cream cheese will act as a thickener). Bring the sauce to a boil, then cook for another minute or two to slightly reduce and thicken the sauce. Add chopped garlic, stir it in and heat through for another 30 seconds. Season with salt & pepper to taste. 2. Keep the sauce warm until your pasta is ready. When the pasta is cooked al dante (it should still have a bit of a bite to it, or it will turn to mush when added to the sauce) drain it from water and add it to the sauce; stir to coat, cover with lid and keep warm until you go ahead and cut the chicken tenders into pieces. Chicken Tenders w/ Creamy Garlic Pasta Shells - perfect dinner in 30 minutes or less. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn To serve: Spoon desired amount of pasta onto the plate. Top with 2 chicken tenders cut into strips. Sprinkle with chopped Italian parsley and/or chopped scallions for garnish.

Chicken Tenders w/ Creamy Garlic Pasta Shells

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Serves: 4-6 people

Ingredients

For pasta:

  • 1 lb pasta shells, cooked al dante
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 oz. cream cheese (1/2 pack)
  • ½ medium sized onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, pressed/minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the Chicken Tenders

  • 8-10 chicken tenders
  • 2-3 eggs
  • ¾ cup flour
  • Salt & Pepper for seasoning
  • Oil for frying the chicken tenders

For garnish:

  • ⅓-1/2 cups chopped Italian parsley
  • ½ cup chopped scallions

Instructions

  1. Turn oven to 200F – 250F with the baking rack in the middle – chicken will be transferred here to keep warm until pasta is ready.
  2. Start by making the chicken tenders. To do so, set up your station first. Place flour in a deep bowl. Whisk the eggs with a dash of salt & pepper in another bowl. Season both sides of the chicken with salt & pepper. Pour couple tablespoons oil into a skillet and set it over medium high heat.
  3. Dredge the chicken pieces in flour, shake off excess, then dip into egg wash on both sides.
  4. Once the skillet is hot lower heat to medium, add the chicken pieces, fry on both sides until golden brown and cooked through covering with a lid in between. Once ready, transfer to a plate and place in the oven to keep warm. Cook the rest of the chicken pieces adding to the plate in the oven.

How to make the Creamy Garlic Pasta Shells

  1. While the pasta is cooking in salted water, make the sauce. Set skillet over medium heat, add couple tablespoons oil. Once the oil is hot add the onion and saute until golden in color and soft, about 4-5 minutes. Then add the cream cheese, heavy cream & broth. Stir with a whisk until the sauce is smooth (cream cheese will act as a thickener). Bring the sauce to a boil, then cook for another minute or two to slightly reduce and thicken the sauce. Add chopped garlic, stir it in and heat through for another 30 seconds. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Keep the sauce warm until your pasta is ready. When the pasta is cooked al dante (it should still have a bit of a bite to it, or it will turn to mush when added to the sauce) drain it from water and add it to the sauce

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  • My mouth is watering at the sight of this dish! It looks like the perfect comfort food for a stormy weekend. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Marina Selivanov

    This is what I’m making for dinner tomorrow. Perfect comfort food

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  • Dalla

    Will be making this for dinner tonight! Thanks for the recipe

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