Saturday, November 23, 2013

Simple, Easy Chicken Tortellini

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I know, it was delicious!!  Today was the busiest day ever to be honest with you.  I had so much grocery shopping to do to prepare for Thanksgiving, which I won't even be here to cook. So I have to prepare in advance...
No worries, all familia will have to do is bake as directed.  However, the prep has to come from me right?  I know!!  So after grocery shopping at 3 different stores, coming home, putting everything away and mentally devising a list of what needs to be prepped tomorrow along with putting the frozen turkey in the refrigerator to defrost...
I was exhausted!!  The weather is wicked cold, flurries and downright slick and icy!!  So being the comforter that I am, I wanted to make a nice meal that my family will love that will warm them up!!

This dinner was absolutely FANTASTIC!!!  Actually it's one of my "go too's" to be honest with you!!  I've made many variations of this dish, but the main ingredients are always canned chicken breast and jarred Alfredo sauce.  Talk about creamy, COMFORT IN A BOWL!!  That's all I'm saying!!  I started off by using 
ready made products along with a nice quality grated cheese and that makes all the difference in the world, please do not skimp on that!!  It's COMFORT in a bowl along with a nice fire that hubby built in the fireplace!!

Excuse the yellowish glow to my pics.  I love my Tiffany lamps, no seriously I do...
But when the weather is dark and dreary and I have to have the lights on, yellowish glow is what we get.

Okay, I am off to watch Netflix, but I wanted to share with you...
Because you know me, I ♥ you so much!! Don't' forget I've adopted you as Greeks as well you know!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time:  5 minutes
Cook time:  15 minutes
Yield:  4-6 servings

1lb 4 cheese tortellini (I used dried packaged)
1-1/2 cups frozen sweet green peas
1 can (12.5Oz) - (354g) chicken breast (reserve canned broth)
1 jar (15 Oz) 425g Four cheese Alfredo sauce
1 cup grated cheese  ( I used Kasseri, but a good Parmesan is excellent as well)

1-1/2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp dried parsley
Few cranks of black pepper

-Reserve broth of canned chicken, and taking a fork shred the chicken breast, set aside. 

-Place 4-5 quarts of water with a few pinches of salt.  Bring to a boil for the tortellini.  Follow the manufacturer's instructions for how long to cook. 

-When the tortellini is almost cooked, (about 15 minutes).  Add the chicken broth along with the frozen peas in a medium saucepan and let come to a simmer.

-When the peas and reserved chicken broth have come to a simmer, add the Alfredo sauce, onion powder, a few cranks of black pepper along with the shredded chicken.  Bring to a boil.

-When the white sauce has come to a boil, turn off the heat and drain your tortellini, once tortellini has been drained, return to the same pot.  
(Why dirty more pots I say)

-Pour your absolutely delicious chicken white sauce over your cooked tortellini.  Crank a few cranks of pepper over the pasta if so desired and then add as much shredded cheese as you want. Personally, I want TONS!!!  Serve this easy home comfort to your family!!

You will have a very happy family, heck you will have a very happy YOU!!  Did I mention this was done in less than half an hour?  I know!!

Off to make lunches for Monday with the leftovers, sneaking just a few tortellini for me while doing so... "shhhhhhh it's our secret"!!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Welcome back Didi! Great simple meal, pinned! ♥

  2. This is perfect for our upstate NY weather - thanks Didi <3