Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Linguine

One of my favourite dishes is pasta with a creamy sauce. I use all different ingredients to get that creamy sauce – cream (doh, of course!), sour cream, soup, etc etc etc. But now I have another option, and it’s something that I haven’t really used before. Evaporated milk.

When I picked up the can of evaporated milk in the supermarket my husband mentioned that it was something his grandmother used to always have in the cupboard. I’ve seen it in a few recipes, including the one that inspired me to make this dish (from the August 2010 issue of ‘Super Food Ideas’). I had some things I needed to use up in the fridge, so I made some adaptations.

Ingredients – serves 2-3 people:

  • 150g-200g/5-7oz dried linguine pasta (or you could use whatever pasta you have)
  • 1 bunch (approx 200g/7oz) broccolini (baby broccoli), stems removed
  • olive oil
  • 1 large chicken breast, sliced
  • approx 100g/3.5oz button mushrooms, sliced
  • 8-10 sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp cornflour
  • 185ml/6fl oz can of light evaporated milk (I used Carnation Light & Creamy)

Method:

  • Get a large saucepan, fill with water and bring to the boil. Add a little salt.
  • Put the trimmed broccolini into the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes, until bright green. Using tongs, remove the broccolini and put on a plate (don’t get rid of the water out of the pan).
  • Put the pasta into the same pan of boiling water and cook according to the packet directions until tender.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the chicken slices and cook for about 4 minutes.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms to the pan, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Then add the sun-dried tomatoes, stir and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • In a jug, mix the cornflour with a tablespoon of water, then add the evaporated milk and whisk with a fork to combine.
  • Pour the milk mixture into the frying pan and also add the broccolini.
  • Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • Drain the pasta and then add to the frying pan. Toss the mixture to coat the pasta with the sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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