Croatian Chicken & Chard Pasta Recipe

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Submitted by jamesjr54

Makes 6 servings

Recipe Ingredients for Croatian Chicken & Chard Pasta

2 lbs boneless chicken breasts
1/2 lb Swiss chard
1/2 onion
3 cloves garlic
1 red pepper
1/2 c Sour cream
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup Soy milk
2 tbsp butter
4 tbs crumbled fresh feta

Recipe Directions for Croatian Chicken & Chard Pasta

  1. In a large pot, put on enough water for the pasta to start boiling. I wont write this like most recipes and tell you how many quarts, I expect you know how to boil pasta.

  2. Set a deep saute pan or wok (pick one with a cover) over medium-high heat and add a few splashes of olive oil to coat the bottom (even if it is non-stick). Add the chicken after about a minute and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then throw on the oregano. The reason I like to use kosher salt is because its flaky and sticks to the meat better. Iodized salt sucks.

  3. In the meantime, begin to gently wash the chard (I use about 5 large leaves) and then rip the leaves apart to get rid of that big white vein in the middle. You don?t want any stringy pieces dangling around either. Shred up the remains until you have a big pile of green tatters.

  4. Take the clove of garlic and press it with a fork, then slice it up into tiny chunks. Or just use a garlic press if you are fancy.

  5. About 5-6 minutes have probably elapsed. The water should be simmering, almost to a boil. Check the chicken now by flipping it over, it should be nice and golden on one side. Do the salt and pepper thing to this side, and add a little more olive oil if things are looking a bit stuck or gummy on the bottom. You want to promote a nice brown liquid down there, because that is what makes Man moan. I mean on the bottom of the pan, stupid.

  6. Throw the chard on top of the chicken, and the garlic on top of the chard. Cover again. It should get nice and steamy and happy in there now.

  7. The pasta water should be ready now, so throw it in. Typically this kind of pasta takes about 10 minutes, andmy method of cooking is heavily time managed by the order things go in, so if you are less time conscious, I recommend checking the tenderness of the pasta every few minutes so you don?t screw it up.

  8. Take a third pan now and set it on med-low heat. Melt the butter until you notice a nice frothy quality on top. If you notice any browning at all, turn the heat down a little. If you scald the butter it will separate in the cream and you will end up with a gross chunky oily mess.

  9. Whip the milk and cream together and add to the pan. Stir in gently with a fork or whisk to keep it even, and wait for it to simmer. Reduce the heat until its barely simmering, and add more salt/pepper to taste. Reduce it by about 10%, which should take like 5 mins. (Just get it to a nice creamy consistency, remember it will thicken slightly on cooling). If it is too thick, add a little bit more milk and whisk in. If it is too runny, dash a little flour in there and reduce it more.

  10. Check your pasta and it should be about done. Drain it and set aside.

  11. Take the chard out of the chicken pan and throw it in with the sauce now. Toss until coated. Shred the chicken with a fork so you have nice bite-sized spears and add it into the sauce as well. Cook another 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat.

  12. Take the chicken pan and pour that nice brown stuff into the pasta pan. Mix it up until you have a nice thin coating on everything. Dish up the pasta and then top with a generous amount of your chicken chard sauce. Top with feta, and serve!


Chicken, Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 264.8g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 66% Vitamin C 63%
Calcium 11% Iron 16%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.


Calorie Breakdown
Nutrition Breakdown
Daily Values
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
  • High in niacin
  • High in selenium
  • High in vitamin A
  • High in vitamin C
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
  • High in cholesterol
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