Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta

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READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by By The Lake

The original recipe is from myrecipes.com. In my usual manner, I did a few things differently. I added different cheeses to get the creamy effect that I was looking for. This makes the perfect amount of cheesy sauce. This is not a recipe for the diet conscious. A lighter version can be made by substituting fat free cream of mushroom soup, 2% Velveta, neufchatel, and low fat cheddar cheese. To save even more time, you can also use rotisserie chicken in place of the chicken breasts. We serve this dish with crusty French bread and either steamed asparagus or broccoli.

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Directions

  1. 350 degree oven.
  2. Bring 3 quarts salted water to a rapid boil. Add the pasta and boil for 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain the pasta.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, in a saute pan, melt the butter and canola oil. Do not let the butter brown. Cook the chicken pieces until slightly done. Do not brown. Add 1 cup chicken broth, celery, and onion at this point and continue cooking until the chicken is tender and done. Add the soup, cheeses, pepper flakes, and if needed, the remaining chicken broth, stirring until the cheeses are melted. Toss the pasta into the cheese mixture; pour into a buttered casserole dish.
  4. Mix the crushed cheese crackers, melted butter, and cayenne pepper together. Top the casserole with the crushed cracker mixture. Bake only until the top has browned slightly.

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