Pasta with Chicken Mushroom Cream Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

1 (16 ounce) package farfalle (bow tie) pasta
1 tablespoon butter
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup onion, diced
12 shiitake mushrooms
1 cup heavy cream
salt to taste
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken until no longer pink, and juices run clear. Transfer chicken to a cutting board, and thinly slice; set aside. Saute onion until tender and translucent. Add mushrooms, and gradually stir in cream. Cook, stirring constantly, for 7 to 10 minutes, or until sauce is thickened. Stir in chicken, and season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes, or until heated through. Toss with cooked pasta until evenly coated.
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Chicken Caesar Pasta

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound dry penne pasta
1 tablespoon butter
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (8 ounce) bottle Caesar salad dressing
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 head romaine lettuce – rinsed, dried and shredded
1 large tomato, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, pepper and salt. Cook 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove skillet from heat.
In a bowl, mix together salad dressing, vinegar and cheese. Toss together pasta, chicken, lettuce, and dressing mixture. Place in large serving bowl, and sprinkle with tomato. Garnish with croutons and Parmesan curls, if desired.
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Lemon Cream Pasta with Chicken

INGREDIENTS:

3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 lemon, quartered
2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 (8 ounce) package rotelle pasta
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place chicken in a lightly greased baking dish. Squeeze lemon over both sides of the chicken breasts and season both sides using 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Bake for 40 minutes, or until juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink inside.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, season the chicken broth with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil and add lemon juice and pasta. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until all liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes.
Cut cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces and stir into cooked pasta, along with the cream and lemon zest. Cook, stirring, over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Stir thoroughly before serving.
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