chicken spinach pasta

Sep 21, 2011 by


while away from the blog, i discovered another site (huge time consumer) called pinterest.  don’t get me wrong, i LOVE pinterest and all of the ideas that it gives me, but it is very addictive.  i’m getting better with it, but for a while, it was pin pin pin pin pin pin pin pin. fellow pinners, you can relate.  🙂  if you’re reading this blog and are a fellow pinner, you can follow my pins here: http://pinterest.com/jshoe84/pins/.

any hootenanny, this recipe was inspired by a pin from pinterest.  it’s very rich, but has lots of flavors going on.  the original recipe called for marscapone cheese, but i had a coupon for philadelphia italian cheese and herb cooking creme.  it was very good in this recipe.  next time, i may stick with the plain ol original flavor, and let the flavors from the ingredients really come through.  also, make half as much and serve it with a light salad or veggie dish.  it’s still very flavorful and i highly recommend it!

source: italianfoodforever.com


  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 pkg philadelphia cooking creme, original flavor
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
  • 1 1/2 tbsp evoo
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 c chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 9 oz. bag baby spinach
  • 1/2 package pasta (i used rigatoni, but you can use shells or whatever you’ve got around)
  • grated parmesan cheese, to top
  1. in a medium bowl, combine the zest, lemon juice, cooking creme and pepper.  whisk to combine.
  2. bring a large pot of water to boil.  while waiting, heat the oil in a large skillet and cook the chicken until it is cooked through.  add garlic and cook another minute or two.  season with salt and pepper.
  3. cook the pasta, draining 1-2 minutes before the directions allow.  reserve 1/2 c of the pasta water.
  4. add the chicken, creme mixture, sun dried tomatoes and spinach.  add 1/4 c of the water and toss ingredients together until the spinach has wilted and everything is hot.  add additional water, if needed.
  5. serve immediately and top with grated parmesan.
enjoy!

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