We love chicken and pasta in our family. I find chicken and pasta meals suit our busy lives and are very quick to prepare. Even quicker when I have batched cooked the chicken in advance and just need to defrost and warm through then cook pasta, rice or jacket potatoes. I regularly cook two or three family sized portions and freeze the extra portions for another meal later in the month.
To feed a family of 4 you will need:
- 3 chicken breasts – diced or 8 boneless chicken thighs for a budget version
- 6 rashers of bacon – diced
- Tin of sweetcorn
- Leek – sliced
- 500 ml of Chicken stock
- Cream (or milk for low fat version)
- 300g of Pasta (uncooked weight)
- Tablespoon of plain flour
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- Little oil or butter
- Mixed salad to serve
- Heat oil or butter in a large pan. Add sliced leek and saute until softened.
- Remove from pan and add diced chicken to cook
- In another pan, add boiling water, add pinch of salt (optional) and bring to boil again. When the water is boiling add pasta, cook pasta to your own personal taste
- When chicken in cooked added diced bacon and cooked leeks
- flour and stir, cook for a few minutes.
- Slowly add stock & cream/milk whilst stirring constantly (to avoid lumps – lumpy sauce is not nice)
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
- When the sauce is cooked, add drained tin of sweetcorn. Sweetcorn only needs heating through.
- Drain cooked pasta and add to the chicken pan, stir.
- Serve, add ground black pepper to individuals taste.
- Serve with mixed salad
Now TUCK IN & enjoy!
Lets Save Time
This recipe can be made in advance or in a larger quantity and frozen. Just make the Chicken and Bacon mix and keep in the fridge to use next day or freeze* in containers in family size portions for up to 1 month. Not recommended to cook pasta in advance or to freeze.
*I don’t like freezing cooked chicken that has been frozen before in its raw state, but as long as properly cooked it can be frozen, this is just my personal choice. Never refreeze chicken that had been cooked before frozen. one thing to remember is to make sure the chicken has been defrosted thoroughly before reheating. I like to take the frozen chicken out of the freezer the night before and allow to defrost naturally instead of defrosting in a microwave.
How else can you use the pre-prepered frozen Chicken & Bacon mix?
Serve as a pie, place in ovenproof dish and top with readymade puff pastry.
Serve with rice or jacket potato.