Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

From America's Test Kitchen Season 5: In an Italian-American Kitchen

Why this recipe works:

Lightly browning chicken breast strips in butter started building flavor into our pasta with chicken recipe. We kept the chicken tender and added more flavor by letting the strips finish cooking in the sauce, and we kept the broccoli fresh and crisp by blanching it in the boiling pasta water… read more

Lightly browning chicken breast strips in butter started building flavor into our pasta with chicken recipe. We kept the chicken tender and added more flavor by letting the strips finish cooking in the sauce, and we kept the broccoli fresh and crisp by blanching it in the boiling pasta water and then putting it aside until the dish was assembled. But our real breakthrough in developing this pasta and chicken recipe was to eliminate the cream typically used in this dish and to create instead a broth-based sauce, which we rounded out with a few tablespoons of butter, a handful of Asiago cheese, and some sun-dried tomatoes.

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Serves 4

Be sure to use low-sodium chicken broth in this recipe; regular chicken broth will make the dish extremely salty. The broccoli is blanched in the same water that is later used to cook the pasta. Remove the broccoli when it is tender at the edges but still crisp at the core-it will continue to cook with residual heat. If you can't find Asiago cheese, Parmesan is an acceptable alternative.

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