Chicken, Cauliflower, and Pasta Skillet; more spring

Cauliflower, in my opinion, is not the most versatile vegetable. We love it, but it’s uses are limited.

It tends to be, for want of a better word, crumbly. That attribute makes it perfect for cauliflower rice (or so I’m told, never having tried it) but challenging for other things.

I would not add it to a stir-fry, for example, or a skillet hash. I have never tried it in the slow cooker.

Cauliflower Cheese is wonderful, but not every day.

As we are only 2 a head of cauliflower is normally enough for 3 – 4 meals for us. I try to be creative….

For this dish I boiled it with the pasta, then combined it all at then end. Worked perfectly. The cauliflower was cooked properly and didn’t fall apart in the pasta.

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Chicken, Cauliflower, and Pasta Skillet

By cooking the cauliflower with the pasta we not only save a pan, but add flavor to the pasta.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta

Ingredients

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  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 shallots, peeled, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 125ml) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 125ml) white wine
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs chicken stock
  • 1/3 head cauliflower, enough for 2 servings, cut into florets
  • 4oz (125gr) short pasta
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) shredded cheese

Instructions

  • For chicken: Sauté shallots in oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add chicken and sauté lightly browned.
  • Add thyme, mustard, wine, and stock. Stir to combine. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is done, about 10 minutes.
  • For pasta: Heat a large pot of water to boiling over high heat. 
  • Add pasta and cauliflower to water – the order depends on how long the pasta takes. The cauliflower should cook for 11 minutes. They should both finish at the same time.
  • When done, drain well.
  • To finish: Add cornstarch mixture to skillet and stir until thickened.
  • Stir in yogurt.
  • Add pasta, cauliflower, and stir gently to combine.
  • Top with cheese, reduce heat to low and cover just until cheese melts.
  • Serve from skillet.

Notes

You can substitute 1 medium onion for the shallots.
I used 1 1/2 cups farfalle and added the cauliflower to the boiling water 1 minute after the farfalle. The farfalle needed 12 minutes and the cauliflower 11 minutes.

Keywords: chicken, pasta, cheese, cauliflower

Chicken, Cauliflower, Pasta Skillet

Pasta, cauliflower, chicken, white sauce….. pretty boring photo.

I found some daffodils on my walk last week. I don’t think anyone lives in the house so I was free to trespass and take a photo.

This house has the most gorgeous row of mimosas. and they smell heavenly. I would have stood there, just inhaling the scent, except the little, yappy dog came out and made a fuss.

The man we buy our firewood from lives here. He’s very nice and I always stop and have a chat when I see him out. His wife is the owner of the yappy dog, however, and she is not friendly. Rumor has it that she ‘doesn’t speak’ to her husband.

I moved on.

When I got home my old girl was waiting for me.

She was wagging her tail, but not quite sure it was me. She was hoping, though. She no longer runs to greet me.

Poor old girl is feeling her age. She’ll be 10 this month.

Sometimes we go for walks; more often we just go out and sit for a few minutes….. maybe have a pet or two.

Sometimes she eats her treats (she always wants them); sometimes she just puts them on her bed and lies down by them.

Sad days ahead I’m afraid.

Cauliflower, Chicken Pasta

Comments 4

    • Wow – 13!
      Sadly, I don’t expect Guapa to be with us more than a few more months – at best. 10 is really old for these breeds.

  1. Awww, poor puppy. Thing 1 and her husband had to put their Treeing Walker down this past Monday night. So sad. It’s so very hard to say goodbye. 🙁 But for now, Guapa is still enjoying life, it sounds like, though at a slower pace. That’s okay.

    The daffodils are gorgeous! You should wait until they die back, then take a bulb. They spread quickly. We have them all along our roads here thanks to the squirrels. Those and day lillies.

    Your recipe looks delicious! I put cauliflower in my stir fry. I usually toss it in the rice, on top, about halfway through cooking time. Small pieces steam on top of the rice so they’re ‘done’ by the time I throw everything together. A word to the wise though, I’ve done the ‘cauliflower rice’ thing. It’s usually best if you saute until it gets a bit of color. Anything else except soup and it’s very runny.

    My usual murder of crows is in the yard. They’re fun to watch 🙂

    • She’s at a much slower pace and getting picky about her treats, but she still comes for all of the scheduled (by her) pets. We’ll deal with it – we always do and there’s no choice. Happy for the last days.
      When we lived in Ireland there were daffodils everywhere. I was just in awe that first February – even the landfills were solid yellow. It was beautiful.
      Good tip for the stir-fry. As to the cauliflower rice – really doesn’t interest me much.
      We have magpies – tons of them. I liked them until I realized they kill other birds – like the young doves. Makes me sad to see.

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