Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

 

If you’d rather prepare a meal in advance and just warm it up at the campsite, then this recipe is perfect.  We were camping over my husband’s birthday, and I really wanted a special meal, something different from our usual camping fare.  So I took an easy, but favorite, meal to surprise him.   I cooked everything before we left, but kept it all separate.  Chicken in one bag, pasta & broccoli in another bag, and the homemade sauce in a third bag.  I know, it’s a lot of bags, but I wasn’t sure it would taste the same if it was all mixed together, and I didn’t want the pasta to be mushy.  At the campsite, I put them all in the pan and warmed them up together.  I also took a small loaf of focaccia bread and toasted it over the fire.  Delish.

**This originally called for a can of Cream of Mushroom soup.  I like to cook whole foods whenever possible, so I make my own.  That recipe is simple and included as part of the sauce, but feel free to just use a can of soup.  If it seems like I’m making it harder, I am.  It’s part of our family’s attempt to cook healthier meals!

Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 (16 ounce) package linguine
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • Sauce (or sub 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup milk, and parmesan)
  • 4 tbl butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tbl whole wheat flour (can also use white)
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Before you leave: Cook linguine according to package directions. Add broccoli for last 4 minutes of cooking time. Drain.
  2. Cook chicken until browned, stirring often.
  3. Sauce
  4. In a medium saute pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for one minute. Add flour and salt and cook while stirring until the flour forms a paste.
  5. Slowly add stock and milk while stirring. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to a light boil and stir while cooking until thickened. Stir in Parmesan.
  6. Once cool, place the pasta & broccoli into ziplock bag, the chicken into a second bag, and the sauce into a third. Place all three bags into a larger ziplock and it's ready for the cooler.
  7. At the campsite, pour all of the bags into a pan and gently heat until hot.
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