Farfalle With Chicken and Spinach

Prep: 15 min., Cook: 15 min. Enjoy this dish warm or chilled. Toss in crumbled bacon for added crunch. We preferred farfalle (bow tie-shaped pasta), but feel free to choose your favorite.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Recipe from Southern Living Cooking School

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  • 1 (16-oz.) box farfalle pasta
  • 1 pound skinned and boned chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (9-oz.) package fresh spinach, thoroughly washed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and keep warm.
  2. While pasta cooks, cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Sprinkle evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Sauté chicken, onion, red bell pepper, and garlic in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in broth, spinach, and remaining salt and pepper. Cook 4 minutes or until spinach is wilted, chicken is done, and liquid is reduced by one-third.
  4. Add chicken mixture to hot pasta, tossing to combine. Transfer to a serving dish; sprinkle evenly with cheese and parsley.
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