Wedding Chicken with Asparagus & Pasta

chicken asparagus pastajuice of 1/2 lemon
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1 package penne pasta
1 bunch asparagus, washed and cut into 2" pieces
1 Tbs butter
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup white cooking wine
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 oz cream cheese, cubed
1 Tbs flour

Combine lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Add chicken. Toss to coat. Put in refrigerator.

In a large pot, cook pasta until soft but still firm, about 8 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain water and set aside. Do not cover.

Cook asparagus in boiling water for 3 minutes or until bright green and still firm. Drain water and set aside. Do not cover.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, stirring constantly until cooked through and no longer pink. Remove chicken from skillet, keeping juices in skillet.

Stir in chicken broth and white wine. Reduce heat, let simmer 5 minutes.

Stir in milk, cream cheese and pepper. Add 2 Tbs water to 1 Tbs flour to make a paste. Stir into skillet. Reduce heat to low, let simmer 5 minutes.

To the pasta pot, add sauce, chicken and asparagus. Stir until well combined. Serves 6 to 8.

Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Muriel lives in Porpoise Spit, Australia (yes Porpoise Spit), and all she wants in life is to be a bride. This film is a gem, with laughs and sorrow from beginning to end. Muriel is a huge ABBA fan and I love the musical number between Muriel (Toni Collette) and Rhonda (Rachel Griffith). One of my favorite scenes is on the video below with the "mean girls" attaching Muriel and Rhonda comes to her rescue.

Our recipe for Wedding Chicken with Asparagus & Pasta is inspired by "Muriel's Wedding." This elegant and delicious dish is perfect for a bride's special day. It's wedding perfect yes, but will be appreciated by dinner guess and family alike!

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