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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

Lightened-up, yet perfectly creamy homemade shells and cheese made with chicken, asparagus, cream cheese and feta.
Course Dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
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.