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Colorado Green Chile Chicken Alfredo

This southwestern twist on a classic chicken alfredo is made with Colorado green chiles for added spice! Make this after a day of skiing for a nice, cozy meal!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Colorado Inspired, Comfort Food, Easy Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cooked chicken breasts (see instructions for Instant Pot or Slow Cooker method)
  • 1 cup chopped, roasted Colorado green chiles (or substitute with canned)
  • 8-12 oz. bow tie pasta (or any pasta you like)
  • 2 tsp corn starch or arrow root starch
  • 1 cup walnut halves, toasted and lightly salted
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, mashed or minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream, half and half or chicken stock
  • 1 tsp kosher sea salt
  • 1-2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the chicken - you can broil or grill for 10-12 minutes, or use my instructions in my post for cooking in the Instant Pot or slow cooker. Slice or cube the chicken and set aside to keep warm.
  • Slice the Colorado green chiles and remove the seeds using a spoon. Dice and set aside.
  • Cook pasta in a large pot according to the instructions on the package. Drain and set aside.
  • Combine the cornstarch and milk in a bowl and set aside.
  • Toast the walnuts with salt in a small pan over medium heat. Stir frequently to ensure they do not burn. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute the garlic for about 3 minutes, watching closely so that it does not burn. Slowly stir in the cream or half and half and bring just to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low.
  • Add the cornstarch/milk mixture to the sauce in the pan and stir to thicken. Add the diced green chiles, chicken and salt. Heat through. Stir in the cooked pasta, walnuts and cheese.
  • Season with black pepper and serve!

Notes

  • Instructions for cooking chicken in the Instant Pot or slow cooker can be found in my post!
  • You can substitute canned green chiles if you do not have access to freshly roasted ones.
Supplies
Instant Pot | Lodge Cast Iron Skillet