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Chicken and Cavatelli

Source: Quick from Scratch - Chicken, Turkey, and Cornish Hen
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Active Time:  10 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  Serves 4
So comforting and yummy, this dish reminds us of Grandma's chicken and dumplings. In fact, you can substitute frozen dumplings for the cavatelli.
5 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
1 bay leaf
1 onion, cut into thin slices
2 ribs celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
4 bone-in chicken breasts (about 2 1/4 pounds in all)
3/4 pound frozen cavatelli, egg noodles, or dumplings
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons flour
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In a large pot, bring the broth, bay leaf, onion, celery, and carrots to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the sage, salt, pepper, and chicken breasts and simmer, partially covered, until just done, about 25 minutes. Turn the chicken breasts a few times during cooking.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the cavatelli until just done, about 10 minutes. Drain.

In a small bowl, stir the butter and flour together to form a paste. Remove the bay leaf from the pot, push the chicken to the side and then whisk the butter mixture into the liquid. Simmer until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the cooked cavatelli and simmer until just heated through.

Frozen Pasta

Several brands of frozen cavatelli, flat egg noodles, and gnocchi are available in supermarkets. Unlike dried pasta, these products have an appealing doughy chew that we find just right with this type of saucy stew. Cook the frozen pasta separately according to package directions, drain, and then stir into the pot with the chicken.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 746
Fat. Total: 13g
Fiber: 5g
Carbohydrates, Total: 72g
Sodium: 1306mg
% Cal. from Fat: 16%
Cholesterol: 244mg
Protein: 80g
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Rating: 5
by: Deborah Reviewed: 10/30/2011
Chicken and Cavatelli great recipe
During our freak fall blizzard in NY, I had all the ingredients for this recipe. Absolutely great taste and easy made comfort food for a not so comforting October day.
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