Lightened-Up Chicken, Bacon, & Broccoli Alfredo
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Chelseas messy apron
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  • 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken (rotisserie or leftover grilled chicken) 1 and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic 3 tablespoons white flour 1 cup chicken broth or stock 2 and 1/2 cups 1% milk (2% or whole will work, not skim) 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt 1/4 teaspoon chicken seasoning, optional 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, separated Pinch of nutmeg 12 ounces uncooked broccoli 8 ounces linguine 8-10 slices Butterball Turkey Bacon Optional: 1 lemon, fresh parsley, freshly ground pepper, red pepper flakes for a little kick Instructions Prepare the chicken: *either use leftover grilled chicken or use a rotisserie chicken. Chop cooked chicken into small bite-sized pieces. Fill a pot with a few inches of water, add a large pinch of salt, and put a steamer basket over top. Be sure the water does not touch the bottom of that basket. Bring the water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the chopped broccoli florets and cover. Steam for 3 to 5 minutes, until tender. Remove broccoli, add more water to the same pot, and bring the water to a boil. Cook the pasta and drain. Place the turkey bacon in a large dry skillet and cook until crispy flipping occasionally. Coarsely chop. Meanwhile, in the same skillet you cooked the bacon in (quickly wipe out any grease), add in the olive oil. Heat to warm and then add in the garlic and stir until fragrant. Add in the flour and briskly whisk until a thick dough forms. Cook for about 1 minute over medium heat. VERY slowly, pour in the chicken broth while vigorously whisking. Whisk until completely smooth. Again, very slowly add in two cups of milk (at room temperature preferred) whisking constantly. Save the last 1/2 cup for later. Add in the salt, chicken seasoning, and pepper (I add about a heaping 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Allow to slightly thicken. Stir in the room temperature cream cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, pinch of nutmeg, and if desired 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice. Add the chicken, pasta, bacon, and broccoli to the cream sauce. Toss and add the extra 1/2 cup milk if needed to thin. Add remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a little touch of heat. Enjoy immediately. 3.4.3177



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