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Creamy Chicken Asparagus Shells and Cheese Recipe

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Creamy Chicken Asparagus Shells and Cheese Recipe – Lightened-up, yet perfectly creamy homemade shells and cheese made with chicken, asparagus, cream cheese and feta.

Creamy Chicken Asparagus Shells and Cheese

No, I didn’t find everything in my fridge and mixed it in with pasta. Why do you ask?!? 😉

More importantly! Everyone, including my pickiest eater, LOVED this easy weeknight meal! 

Hey Hey Hello! WHAT is UP? My mom still answers that question with, “The sky…”, and she laughs afterwards… hasn’t noticed that she’s the ONLY one laughing.

But to answer that question, I am already anticipating the coming week. I’m supposed to work, clean the house (on the daily), cook (good thing that’s a paying gig for me), chauffeur two little kids to wherever, help with homework, volunteer at both schools, AND go to two birthday parties, AND one school party… And laundry… and and and.

Creamy Chicken Asparagus Shells and Cheese Recipe - Lightened-up, yet perfectly creamy homemade shells and cheese made with chicken, asparagus, cream cheese and feta.

Yo, how do you guys do it?! I’m exhausted after just typing it all out for you. And this is like, every week. How in da hey did my mom do all of this?!? Oh wait. She didn’t! Back in my day chauffeuring around to 15 extracurricular activities just didn’t happen. I think my mom would have given me the finger if I had asked her to do such a thing.  LOL! AND she’s not like that, at all, but, in this case, I think she would have turned on us.

Creamy Chicken Asparagus Shells and Cheese Recipe - Lightened-up, yet perfectly creamy homemade shells and cheese made with chicken, asparagus, cream cheese and feta.

For what it’s worth, at least I have dinner covered. Thinking this Creamy Chicken Asparagus Shells and Cheese will happen again on Wednesday. The rest of the week is covered in this Weekly Meal Plan right here. Print it if YOU need all the help that I need.

The highlight of my life right now is STILL the fact that getting a home cooked meal on the dinner table is always possible. I am not one to order takeout (I do think about it A LOT, though…), and for that reason, I am just very happy to know the ins and outs of fixing great meals in record time.

Creamy Chicken Asparagus Shells and Cheese Recipe - Lightened-up, yet perfectly creamy homemade shells and cheese made with chicken, asparagus, cream cheese and feta.

This Shells and Cheese deal really did happen because I had two chicken breasts in the fridge, 10 asparagus stalks, some feta cheese crumbles, and 4 ounces of Neufchatel Cheese. The good news is that there are SO many flavors going on in here and I love it.

Creamy Chicken Asparagus Shells and Cheese Recipe - Lightened-up, yet perfectly creamy homemade shells and cheese made with chicken, asparagus, cream cheese and feta.

To round things out, all we’re doing here is sauteeing pieces of chicken with onions and garlic. Chicken broth and asparagus get thrown in, together with a bit of neufchatel cheese and a pretty helping of pasta shells. A sprinkle of feta brings it all togetha. The end. Happy weekend!

ENJOY!

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Creamy Chicken Asparagus Shells and Cheese Recipe - Lightened-up, yet perfectly creamy homemade shells and cheese made with chicken, asparagus, cream cheese and feta.
Creamy Chicken Asparagus Shells and Cheese Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Lightened-up, yet perfectly creamy homemade shells and cheese made with chicken, asparagus, cream cheese and feta.
Course: Dinner
Servings: 6
Calories: 464 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
Ingredients
  • 4 cups dry pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 (about 12 ounces) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1 small yellow onion , diced
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1- pound fresh asparagus stalks , cut into 2-inch pieces (break off and discard the woody ends of the asparagus)
  • 4- ounces Neufchatel Cheese , cut into a few pieces
  • 1/4- cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4- cup skim milk , optional
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta shells according to the directions on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, heat butter and olive oil in a large nonstick saute/frying pan.
  3. Add chicken, onions, and garlic; season with salt and pepper and cook over medium-high heat for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until chicken is browned and cooked through.
  4. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Stir in asparagus and continue to cook for 6 minutes, or until liquid has reduced and asparagus is tender.
  6. Drain pasta thoroughly and add to frying pan.
  7. Stir in Neufchatel Cheese and continue to stir until melted and everything is well combined.
  8. If the sauce seems a bit dry, add skim milk and continue to cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  11. Transfer to serving plates and sprinkle with feta.
  12. Serve.
Recipe Notes

WW Smart Points: 10

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken Asparagus Shells and Cheese Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 464 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 231mg 10%
Potassium 598mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 17.1%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 10.6%
Iron 15.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 Responses
  1. Lora @savoringitaly

    I know!! I try to remember if we were that busy as kids and what my mom had to do. It seems there were way less parties and activities to go to lol! And, yesssss to a fun and delish pasta dish like this (and more feta for me!:)

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