Feb
20
2013

Creamy Dijon Chicken and Thyme Pasta Bake Plus Giveaway

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Creamy Dijon Chicken and Thyme Pasta Bake by Picky Palate www.picky-palate.com

I am so thrilled to share this creamy pasta bake with you today.  I have partnered with Shirley J to bring you an amazing new product that is about to change your cooking life.  Seriously.  This recipe makes the perfect family meal and is great for bringing to a potluck or party.  Wait until you sink your teeth into the vibrant flavors.  I use Dijon mustard as a major seasoning for the creamy sauce that makes for a perfect pasta bake.

Let me tell you about this product I use for the cream sauce.  Shirley J Whisk Bliss is what it’s called.  It blew my mind at how perfectly  easy to use it is and how amazingly creamy the sauce is.

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So, in a nutshell, Shirley J. Whisk Bliss is a just-add water bechemel/roux sauce.  It replaces items like cream, butter, flour, etc in recipes to make a white sauce. The benefits are that it won’t curdle, lump or scortch which are the most common problems home cooks have with making a roux and bechemel.  The beauty is that you can make any type of cuisine with Whisk Bliss and it takes on different flavors, examples: Thai Peanut Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Corn Chowder, Black & White Chili with Cumin, etc.

Can I just say, I had no idea what to expect when I tried this product and when I prepared the sauce, it literally took minutes and it was thick and creamy just as if I would have made it myself with buttter, flour and milk or cream.  I couldn’t believe it.  Let’s just say I am Shirley J’s newest fan!  Yay for making our lives easier in the kitchen and getting dinner on the table faster !!

Ok, let’s take a look at how to make this delicious pasta bake.

 

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Cook your pasta according to the package directions then drain under cold water.

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Transfer to a nice 5 quart dutch oven pot and set aside for a few minutes.

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Bake your asparagus for 10 minutes until tender.

Veggies

Time to cook the veggies!  Add your zucchini, red pepper, onion and garlic.

Parsley and Thyme

Add some fresh parsley and thyme leaves.

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Add your cooked asparagus.

 

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Add your cooked, shredded chicken breast and season with a touch of salt and pepper.

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Ok, time for Shirley J’s Whisk Bliss.   Bring 4 cups of water to boil.

Whisk Bliss 2

Whisk in 1 cup of Whisk Bliss.

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Bring the sauce to a boil until creamy and thick.  Literally took just a few minutes.  Reduce heat.

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Stir in 3 tablespoons of Dijon or spicy brown mustard.

 

Dijon Whisk Bliss Sauce

Pour sauce into cooked pasta.

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Add the lovely cooked vegetables and chicken.

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Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish.

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Top with Parmesan Cheese and it’s time to bake!

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Creamy Dijon Chicken and Thyme Pasta Bake

Creamy Dijon Chicken and Thyme Pasta Bake 30tIngredients

  • 1 pound dry elbow pasta
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup finely diced red pepper
  • 1 cup finely diced white onion
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped thyme leaves
  • 2 medium cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup Shirley J Whisk Bliss Original
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 4 tablespooons freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place trimmed asparagus onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes them remove from oven. Once cooled, chop into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain under cold water then transfer to a 5 quart dutch oven or large pot.
  4. Heat olive oil into a large 3 quart skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini, red pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir for 5 minutes until slightly softened. Add parsley and thyme, stirring to combine. Add chopped asparagus and stir. Add shredded chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Boil water and whisk in Shirley J Whisk Bliss. Stir and bring back to a boil until thick and creamy. Reduce heat to low and stir in Dijon mustard. Pour Dijon sauce over cooked pasta then add in cooked vegetables. Stir to combine then transfer to prepared baking dish. Top evenly with Parmesan Cheese and bake for 25 minutes until slightly golden. Remove from oven and serve.

Makes 8 Servings
This is a sponsored post for Shirley J however thoughts and opinions are my own.

Giveaway!

To enter, see the Rafflecopter widget below. The Winner will receive a $400 Williams Sonoma Gift Card to use towards (if desired) the fabulous 5 Quart Le Creuset Dutch Oven that I used to prepare the dish along with a 9×13 inch Emile Henry baking dish that I used as well. We are also giving away a $100 gift card to Shirley J for you to try out their 20+ other products!

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  1. 1

    great giveaway & I’d make carrot cake cookies!

  2. 2

    Of course I’d make your pasta (which looks incredible) first, but for dessert I’d make the Chocolate Chip Fudge Cookies. What a great idea! :D

  3. 3
    Melissa says:

    I’d make the mac and cheese casserole for sure! :)

  4. 4

    i would probably make the broccoli & chicken pasta. yum!

  5. 5
    Meredith B. says:

    Awesome giveaway! I would definitely try my hand at making your pasta dish!

  6. 6

    That Italian Herb Bread looks beautiful, simple, and delicious! That’s what I’d make.

  7. 7
    Hannah says:

    The broccoli cheese soup!

  8. 8
    marla says:

    Everything about this pasta looks wonderful! My kids would LOVE it!

  9. 9
    Valerie says:

    Lovely giveaway and I would so make the carrot cake cookies! :)

  10. 10
    ang says:

    This looks so yummy! I’m having a pop up giveaway link party on Facebook – come join me! :) http://ow.ly/hSFoY

  11. 11

    Jenny, this looks so amazing! I need to try this!

  12. 12
    danielle says:

    Carrot cake cookies

  13. 13

    I would make the Alfredo Chicken Pizza! :)

  14. 14
    Melissa says:

    Broccoli Cheese soup

  15. 15
    Stephanie H says:

    Wow, that recipe looks super delicious! I’m going to have to make that now! And that baking dish looks like it is super amazing.

  16. 16
    janice says:

    oh yummy the sausage gravy looks amazing!

  17. 17
    Angel says:

    Broccoli & Cheese Soup !!

  18. 18
    Jacqui says:

    I would make the Stovetop White Cheddar Mac n Cheese!!

  19. 19

    Oh Jenny! That pasta looks scrumptious! Love chicken and thyme together and with pasta? Yes, please!

  20. 20
    Leah B says:

    That broccoli cheese soups looks really good. Plus, I would love to try and make mac & cheese with this … I have a habit of getting my bechemel/roux too hot = clumps.

  21. 21
    Kay says:

    I would love to make a mac and cheese with this!

  22. 22
  23. 23
    holly says:

    shirley j’s coconut curry with shrimp looks fantastic!

  24. 24
    Mara says:

    That pasta looks amazing! I want some right now and it’s only 9:19 am!!

  25. 25
    Adrianne says:

    I would definitely make those cheesy potatoes…heaven!!

  26. 26
    Allison C says:

    This looks yummy and I think would taste great without meat too. I love trying new mac and cheese recipes so I would try their Macaroni and Cheese Casserole recipe.

  27. 27
    Maria says:

    Shirley J is a Utah company! Yay!

  28. 28
    Emily says:

    I’d love to make the Key Lime Dessert Squares!

  29. 29
    Andrea F says:

    How am I going to get my arm workout, now that I won’t have to whisk as much?

  30. 30
    Andrea says:

    I’d make the tator tot casserole

  31. 31
    Shari says:

    Broccoli cheese soup!

  32. 32
    Randi Lynne says:

    Herb bread

  33. 33
    shirley elizabeth says:

    Mmm I want to try the Italian herb bread!

  34. 34
    Jennifer C says:

    Sausage Gravy is a major weakness….

  35. 35
    Katie Rose says:

    mmm, Honey BBQ Sticky Wings!

  36. 36
    Heidi says:

    Hmm.. I haven’t heard of Shirley J whisk Bliss – can’t wait to find it and try it out. I would like the Alfredo sauce. My husband would lobby for the sausage gravy. :-)

  37. 37

    I would probably try the garlic asparagus and pasta with lemon cream.

  38. 38
    Jenny Ferry says:

    cranberry pumpkin bread!

  39. 39
    ryan F says:

    I would make the sausage gravy.

  40. 40
    Stephanie says:

    EASY RASPBERRY SWIRL CHEESECAKE – because the last cheesecake I made from scratch was not easy!

  41. 41
    cori says:

    chicken enchiladas!

  42. 42
    Thesha says:

    This recipe looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it. I haven’t hear of Shirley J before now, I would have to try the Dessert Creme Double Chocolate. However, I would like to try the Universal Cooking Base as well…you could make so many things so much easier.

  43. 43
    Esther Chanie Dushinsky says:

    Oh, where to start? I think I’d make the fudgy brownie peanut butter.

  44. 44
    Billie Hester says:

    I would try the Broccoli and Cauliflower Au Gratin.

  45. 45
    Beth Wold says:

    I’d love to try your recipe with this! Yum!

  46. 46
    Suzanne N. says:

    For sure I would try the sausage gravy…always looking for a better recipe!

  47. 47
    Carrie I. says:

    Oh, can’t wait to try this!

  48. 48
    Kimberli Bean says:

    Alfredo Chicken pizza! Your pasta looks delicious, I’m making it tonight for dinner!

  49. 49
    jenna N. says:

    I would make the mac and cheese. I have such a hard time making it that I stopped making it, but it’s one of my favorite foods ever! Also, the Italian herb bread looks fantastic. I love making my own bread, i’d put the whisk mix in all the breads!

  50. 50
    Lauren W says:

    Oh yummy!! i would make the MUSHROOM SPINACH FETTUCCINE and I’m so excited to see they have crockpot sauces!!!

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