Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Easy Italian Chicken Pasta with Mother's Little Helpers

Easy Italian Chicken Pasta

Hello Beach Dwellers
In the interests of freeing you up from the kitchen this holiday season, I want to share a great new suite of products I have recently come across.  I find myself calling them, 'mother's little helpers'.  I have always loved Philadelphia Cream Cheese,  I have used it in my frostings and quiches without cream for many years.  I have loved the fact that Kraft has listened to us girls who are weight conscious. They have constantly tried to reduce the fat content of their products, which over the years, has been very much appreciated by me.

 So it was with great pleasure, that when I was invited to the Kids Business Bloggers Brunch earlier this month, I saw a Philadelphia stand there. Now here was a brand I knew I could work with.  They did the catering for the event, using their Cream for Cooking products, which was very impressive.

So whilst the Beach House Brat had her face painted and visited Santa,

  And after I had finished laughing hard at the comedian.

And schmoozing with some gorgeous gals, such as Sonia, from Life Love and Hiccups.

  I made a B line to check out what was new at Philly.  This is what I found.  A new range of Cream for Cooking products.  The Tomato and Italian herbs, having 45% less fat than the original Philadelphia Cream for Cooking, was something that appealed to me.  So guys, this is not low fat by any means, but if you feel like treating yourself to a creamy pasta sauce, this is a great alternative to full blown cream.  Anywhere we can cut back on the calories, has to be good right? 

I made the Tomato and Italian Herb Chicken Pasta last night. The kids woofed it down and us grown ups really liked it too.  The dish took about 15 minutes to prepare and I would have no hesitation in serving this up to dinner guests, for a casual get together.  It really was delicious.

Here's the recipe

Tomato & Italian Herb Chicken Pasta
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
500g chicken tenderloins, halved
1 red capsicum, seeds and membranes removed and cut into 1.5cm pieces
100g baby spinach
250ml PHILADELPHIA Tomato & Italian Herbs Cream for Pasta
Freshly ground pepper

250-300g penne pasta, cooked and drained
1/2 cup of roasted pine nuts or cashews
Basil leaves to garnish

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a non stick frying pan on a medium heat and cook the chicken for 5-8 minutes, or until golden.  Remove chicken from the pan and keep warm. 

Add the remaining oil and saute the capsicum for 2-3 minutes. Add the spinach leaves and allow to wilt for a minute.

Stir in the Philly cream for pasta and chicken.  Allow to simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce has slightly thickened and chicken is heated through. Add pepper to taste.

Divide the cooked pasta evenly between 4 serving bowls, spoon over the sauce and garnish with the nuts and basil leaves.

And enjoy.

Although I was paid to write this post  I have absolutely been loving using the Philly products I was given at the Bloggers Brunch.  You can see the Strawberry Santas I made here using the Philly frosting and the Baked Porridge with Walnuts and Prunes I made, using the Cream for Cooking, which is 85% lower in fat than regular cream.

So if you are struggling for ideas for dinner, perhaps these mother's little helpers will be of interest to you.  I am loving them.  Oh and by the way, the Thai Green Curry Cream for Cooking was delish as well.
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  1. I'm glad you got paid for this because I've been thinking of trying these and now I know I will for sure......even I could cook this ;O)
    Thanks Carolyn xx

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    2. That's great Tania. Sorry had to delete my first reply as my spelling was terrible.

      Glad you are inspired to buy them. They really were delish and so easy.

  2. PS. You look really fabulous in those pics......
    Sonia is very pretty too ;O)
    Tania xx

  3. Oh my, that pasta looks amazing! I have seen those sauces here in the states but with your recommendation I am more apt to try them and recreate this dish you have here. and the Thai one sounds awesome too. I LOVE Thai food and it is hard to get where I currently live so I will be on the lookout for that sauce too. thanks for the tip.

  4. that sounds really good! a lovely photo of you and sonia :)

  5. FANTASTIC photos, I made the same dish and it didn't look anything like so good. But tasted great. I have the cream and will make your porridge for sure. Keep the recipes coming!

  6. I think I'm going to make this tonight, it looks so good! You look really lovely in those photos too :)
    Cas x

  7. Your recipe sounds yummy. I've seen those Philadelphia cream products, but haven't bought one yet - I will have to give it a go!

  8. you look gorgeous in the photos, love that cream dress!


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