Garlic, onions, basil and lemon juice give this chicken-pasta dish its great flavor. It gets its creamy cheesiness from Neufchatel and mozzarella.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 6 servings
2 cups whole wheat penne pasta, uncooked
1 Tbsp. oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast s, cut into strips
6 oz. (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1 chicken bouillon cube
zest and juice from 1 large lemon, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
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Let's Make It
Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.
Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic and pepper; cook 1 min. Add half the chicken; cook 2 min. or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining chicken; return all chicken to skillet.
Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Mix reserved water with Neufchatel and bouillon until blended. Add to chicken with lemon zest; mix well. Cover; cook on low heat 5 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in pasta, lemon juice and basil; cook; uncovered, 1 min. or until heated through, stirring frequently. Add mozzarella; cook and stir 1 min. or until melted.
Serve this main dish with a mixed green salad for a quick-and-tasty weekday meal.
Fresh chopped basil for the parsley.
For Saucier Pasta
If you prefer a thinner sauce, reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta cooking water to mix with the Neufchatel and bouillon.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 30g
Dietary Fibers 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.