Thursday 19 April 2018

Donal Skehan's Creamy chicken & spinach pasta

If you don't have sun-dried tomatoes, by all means roast off some cherry tomatoes and garlic for a delicious alternative. 

Donal Skehan's Creamy Chicken Spinach Pasta
Donal Skehan's Creamy Chicken Spinach Pasta

Donal Skehan

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I love recipes that come with a dash of nostalgia and this one never fails to deliver. In what now feels like another life, I was in a band with my Swedish pal Jonathan and, while staying at his place I picked up this great recipe from his 'Mama', Kerstin. She really knows how to feed a crowd and this recipe is absolutely delicious. If you don't have sun-dried tomatoes, by all means roast off some cherry tomatoes and garlic for a delicious alternative.  This perfect for a lazy sunny afternoon dining al fresco!

Creamy chicken & spinach pasta

Serves 4

You will need

300g tagliatelle

knob of butter

400g skinless chicken breasts, sliced into thick strips

3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

50g ready-to-use sun-dried tomatoes

150g baby spinach leaves

250ml single cream

generous pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.

Heat the butter in a large frying pan and, when foaming, fry the chicken for about 4-6 minutes or until cooked through.

Add the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, seasoning and fry until the spinach has wilted. Add the cream and bring to steady simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Once the pasta is cooked drain and then add to the sauce.

Toss well and serve straight away.

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