Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
Fresh and light, the flavors in this creamy pasta dish are so amazing you'll want to lick the plate!
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 3 boneless chicken breasts (skinned and chopped)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2⁄3 cup 1% low-fat milk
- 1⁄4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 limes, juice of
- 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 4 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1⁄4 cup chopped chives (optional)
- Cook chicken in skillet, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
- Take chicken out of skillet and set aside.
- In small bowl, dissolve corn starch in 2 T. milk.
- Stir in remaining milk and add to skillet.
- Cook for 1 minute, or until thick and bubbly.
- Reduce heat to low.
- In another small bowl, mix peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and red pepper.
- Stir into milk mixture until smooth.
- Add chicken, chives, and cilantro.
- Toss with pasta and enjoy!
I have made this twice now and been very impressed with the mix of flavours. The second time I substitued coconut milk for the milk to see if I could make a kosher version. This worked amazingly well and I would highly recommend it. You might even be able to reduce the amount of cornstarch because coconut milk is naturally thicker than low fat milk. Both times I left off the cilantro and used about 2 t of chili pepper flakes, which was plenty of heat -- and we like spicy foods. It's also very quick. The second time I made it I used Japanese soba noodles rather than Italian pasta. This worked very well too. This looks set to become part of my regular rotation of quick weekday dinner recipes.
I'm changing my rating from 4 to 5 stars--this is a dish that I crave regularly. and my family (sister and parents) loved this! I think there will still be some fiddling with the recipe in the future, but it is really good. as suggested by ncmysteryshopper, we added red bell pepper (next time, I'll add more like a 1/2 cup), and then we added about 1/4-1/3 cup of cocktail peanuts just before serving. and for the benefit of new cooks: 1 lime=about 3 tbsp of juice (very important to use enough). also, heating the water for pasta while you cook the chicken seems to work out so that the pasta will be done just as the chicken and sauce is. the sauce should be added to the chicken in the pan and heated just to boiling to thicken the sauce, and then the cilantro and chives should be added.
Excellent flavor and great way to use left over chicken! This would be awesome tossed with sauteed vegetables as well!