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This recipe was one that Nick and I concocted out of what remained in our empty fridge and freezer: chicken breast, 1 tomato, half and half, and cheddar cheese.  We needed to whip up something quick for dinner and had limited supplies.  Now, we normally don’t have half and half, so it was a novelty to be able to use it in something significant and creamy.  We also had some linguine noodles left from a dinner a few days before, so we wanted to make sure to get rid of that before it went bad.  So, here is the recipe for it!  We always have onions and garlic on hand (good things to have endless supplies of), so we also incorporated them into the recipe.

Chicken Alfredo Linguine
1 T. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large chicken breast (or 2 small/medium sized chicken breasts), sliced into strips
1/8 c. water
1 tomato, diced
salt and pepper
1 t. oregano
1 t. salt
3 T. butter
2 T. flour
sat and pepper
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. onion powder
2-3 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded/grated

Add 1 T. olive oil and salt to a big pot of water.  Add linguine to water when it boils and allow it to come to a boil again.  Then, turn heat off and cover pot with a lid.  Let linguine soak in water until it’s al dente.  Adding olive oil will keep the noodles from sticking together and turning into a lump.

Chicken & Vegetables
Heat olive oil in a medium sized skillet.  Add onion and garlic and sautee until golden brown or onions are translucent.  Add chicken strips and sautee for 2-3 minutes, then add water and simmer until chicken strips are almost done.  Then, add tomato, and salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce in a small sauce pan.  Heat butter.  When butter is melted, add flour while whisking/stirring (so flour is evenly spread).  Add salt and pepper when the flour/butter mixture is golden brown.  Also add half and half, garlic powder and onion powder.  When mixture is combined thoroughly, it should have a smooth, but saucy consistency.  When mixture is smooth and saucy, add grated cheddar cheese until melted and incorporated into the sauce.

This served 2 adults and had enough for 1 adult lunch.


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