Baking with Buddy: Chicken broccoli alfredo

20140310_185601A few weeks ago, I picked up a box of Annie’s Homegrown Gluten Free Classic Alfredo Skillet Dinners at the grocery store. I hadn’t seen gluten free alfredo before and Annie’s is a great brand. It’s made without artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives and the cheese is made using milk from cows not treated with rBST–all big pluses in my book. In addition to the box of alfredo, the meal also called for one pound of chicken, one cup of lowfat milk and 1 1/2 cups of water.

Classic Alfredo

1. Brown one pound diced chicken breast in skillet. Remove from pan.

2. Add 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 cup lowfat milk and Classic Alfredo seasoning pouch contents to skillet. Mix well.

3. Add pasta. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook 11-13 minutes stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender and most of the liquid is gone.

4. Remove from heat and uncover. Add cooked chicken and liquid cheese sauce. Stir well. Let sit 2-3 minutes.

20140310_192149To begin, I diced two defrosted chicken breasts and browned them in the skillet with a little Simply Balanced Organic Butter. The butter gives it a little extra flavor. Once the chicken was browned, I set it aside and mixed up the alfredo seasoning (using Simply Balanced Organic Milk) as directed in step two before adding the pasta. If you’ve ever worked with rice pasta before, you know it can be a little tricky to get it just right. However, this pasta turned out perfect. I think it was due to the milk that was mixed in with the seasoning pouch. It kept the pasta from sticking together like rice pasta can sometimes do. Also, while cooking the pasta, I tossed a Green Giant Steamers bag of broccoli in the microwave. When both were finished, I added the chicken and broccoli to the pasta and voila–dinner.

20140310_194623I have to say, it was amazing! The sauce had a great taste to it and the broccoli added a little something extra to the dish. I will definitely be making this again. In fact, it was so good that I even ate the leftovers during the next two lunches. It also didn’t hurt that the husband raved over it. I hope Annie’s will come out with more gluten free skillet meals. It’s hard to find quick, healthy gluten free dinner options. If you see a box of this, be sure to grab it. It’s definitely worth the money.

I was not compensated for this review. Nor was Buddy and he really likes bones.
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