Monday, June 29, 2009

Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle

1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
Cooking spray
10 oz uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta)
1/2 tbsp butter
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 cup milk, divided
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 of a 3.5-ounce jar store-bought pesto
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp half-and-half
1 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
2 cups halved grape tomatoes (about 1 pint)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1. Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

2. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes or until done, turning after 6 minutes. Remove from grill; let stand 5 minutes. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch pieces; keep warm.

3. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in colander over a bowl, reserving 1/8 cup cooking liquid. Place pasta in large bowl.

4. Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Combine 1/4 cup milk and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in pesto. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup milk and the half-and-half, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 8 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring frequently. Add reserved cooking liquid, remaining saltand pepper, and 1/2 cup cheese; stir until cheese melts.

5. Add chicken and sauce to pasta, tossing well to coat. Add tomatoes and basil; toss gently. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Serve immediately.

Serves 6.


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