Thursday, April 29, 2010

Baked Chicken Bacon Alfredo

I knew I needed to make this dish the second I saw it. It's from one of my favorite food blogs, Our Best Bites, and I must say it's become a family favorite. It's going into my dinner rotations as a staple. It's that good. I was actually able to throw it together in a cinch because I used the grilled, sliced chicken breasts from Costco, crumbled bacon from a bag, and already shredded mozzarella cheese. For some reason I had all the ingredients in perfect proportions leftover from other meals. It was meant to be! Either way, this dish is out of this world and deserves a try. Also, the Alfredo sauce in this recipe is TO DIE FOR!!

8 oz. penne or bowtie pasta
1 recipe Guiltless Alfredo Sauce - recipe follows (1 16-oz. jar would work in a pinch)
2 chicken breasts, grilled and chopped (about 2 c. chopped chicken)
6 oz. (1/2 package) cooked bacon, chopped
1 12-oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 c. chopped green onions (about 1 decent-sized bunch)
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Salt and pepper, to taste

Guiltless Alfredo Sauce
2 cups low fat milk (not skim)
1/3 cup (3oz) low fat cream cheese
2 T flour
1 t salt
1 T butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup Parmesan cheese

Put milk, cream cheese, flour and salt in a blender and blend until creamy. Saute butter and garlic in saucepan until tender, about 30 seconds. Add mixture from the blender. Stir constantly until thick, about 3-4 minutes. When it's nice and thick, remove from heat and add Parmesan cheese and cover. Let stand for 10 minutes. Stir until creamy.

Preheat oven to 350.

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

While pasta is cooking, prepare Guiltless Alfredo sauce. When pasta is done, drain and add to the sauce. Toss with chopped chicken, bacon, artichoke hearts, green onions, and 1/2 c. mozzarella. Season to taste.

Transfer mixture to an 8x8" baking dish and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is bubbly.

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