Monday, December 5, 2011

Bucatini with Chicken and Kale for the Whole Family

This is a really yummy, healthy and super easy dish the whole family can enjoy. It's jam packed with calcium, vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, protein and whole grains. You can puree this for little one's 9+ months, or serve in bite size pieces for little one's eating finger foods.

Here's what you need: (Serves 4)
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into approx 1 inch chunks
2 cups chopped Kale (I just pulled of stem and apart with my hands)
3/4 pound Whole grain bucatini (a little more than half the package)
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup lemon juice
1-2 shallots finely chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tblsp grated parmesan
1 tblsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 cup pasta cooking water
Ground black pepper
Olive oil cooking spray

Bring a pot of lightly salted water to boil, add bucatini and cook according to package. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining. Drain rest of of water and set pasta aside. While pasta is cooking, coat a large deep skillet with cooking spray, and heat over medium high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add it to skillet. Cook for approx 6-8 minutes on each side. When chicken is cooked set aside on a plate. Add 1 cup chicken broth, garlic, and diced shallots to same skillet. Cook for about 2-3 minutes scraping up the brown bits on bottom of pan. Add Kale and lemon juice. Cover and let simmer until Kale wilts. Add salt, pepper,  nutmeg, parmesan, and Italian seasoning, and stir. Add chicken, pasta, and pasta water. Toss to coat. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool for a minute and then serve. Serving size for your little one will be between 1/2 cup and 3/4 cup. If you are pureeing, puree with a little filtered water.


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