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

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  • 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. 201
    Katie Cohagen says:

    I would make the garlic asparagus and pasta with the lemon cream sauce. That sounds amazing! Thanks for the intro to a new product!

  2. 202
    Laura R says:

    Pork Chili Verde #2 I’m a sucker for anything Pork and even a slowcooker recipe!

  3. 203
    Dianna Christman says:

    I would definitely make the sausage gravy!!

  4. 204
    Meredith Levine says:

    Broccoli cheddar soup sounds really good right now to make!

  5. 205
    vaishali says:

    Alfredo chicken pizza

  6. 206
    Kelly says:

    Shirley J has a gluten free option, too! Oh, where will I begin? Cheesy potato casserole sounds like a good place to start. Thanks for the intro to what seems to be a great product. Can’t wait to try it out!

  7. 207
    karen says:

    I would make the vegetable lasagna, looks so yummy for a cold night.

  8. 208

    I’d make the carrot cake cookies!

  9. 209
    Cindy says:

    Mmmm – Thai Peanut Sauce looks perfect!

  10. 210
    Donna says:

    MMMMM great giveaway!! I’d like to try the Easy Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake but since we are having a seriously major snowstorm/blizzard today, probably would have to go for the broccoli-cheese soup!

  11. 211
    Molly Baker- Harris says:

    I definitely want to make that casserole! Looks delicious and I would love the $400 from William Sonoma! My 40th birthday is coming up soon and that would make a great present!

  12. 212
    Ashley P says:

    Mmm- broccoli and cheddar soup!

  13. 213
    Urban Wife says:

    Yum! I would make the Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies.

  14. 214
    Cynthia says:

    Looks delish!

  15. 215
  16. 216
    Jamie K says:

    Holy cow!! I cannot wait to try this. My family’s favorite dish is Fettucine Chicken Alfredo. I prepare it exactly as you described above with butter, sauce flour, and cream. I am so excited to try Whisk Bliss! Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. 217
    Jessica says:

    I was just in Williams Sonoma last night pining over the Le Creuset dutch ovens. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  18. 218
    sara says:

    I would LOVE to try the coconut curry with shrimp! Looks like it would make an amazing sauce.

  19. 219

    I would try the chicken and pasta with creamy tomato sauce

  20. 220
    Melissa says:

    I would want to try the Alfredo Sauce and the Carrot Cake Cookies for dessert!! Yum!!

  21. 221

    It all looks so good, but I’d start with the Cheesy Asparagus Rice!

  22. 222
    Ted H. says:

    Looks delicious as well as simple and easy.

  23. 223
    Anna Capone says:

    I would definitely make the STOVETOP WHITE CHEDDAR MAC N’ CHEESE. I could eat it because I’m a vegetarian and my boyfriend, the meat eater, would love it too!

  24. 224
    lilshuga2001 says:

    broccoli cheese soup

  25. 225
    Catie says:

    I would make the Cheesy Potato Casserole!

  26. 226
    Heather Pettey says:

    looks delish!! I cant wait to try it!!

  27. 227
    Kathy says:

    Great giveaway! This recipe looks yummy! I am adding it to my “gotta try” list.

  28. 228
    Kathy E. says:

    I’m trying to prepare and eat healthier meals, so I’d try Timeless Grains-Cranberry Almond Breakfast Cookies…they sound so good!

  29. 229

    I love Whisk Bliss! I use the GF kind at home. The first thing I want to make next is a big pot of creamy potato leek soup.

  30. 230

    I’d definitely make the Carrot Cake Cookies! I am a carrot cake fanatic!

  31. 231

    This sounds amazing! I’d definitely be making some mac n cheese :)

  32. 232
    Jan R says:

    Herb bread.

  33. 233
    colleen m. says:

    I would make creamed chip beef with corned beef and lots of black pepper over garlic texas toast.

  34. 234
    Lisa says:

    Wow this looks wonderful, I love asparagus. Thanks for a awesome giveaway!

  35. 235
    AprilG says:

    Well first off, this pasta bake sounds AMAZING!! Also looks amazing!! I wish I could make it right now! However, as soon as I get my hands on this product, after the pasta bake, I think I’d give the Alfredo recipe a whirl. I love Olive Gardens Alfredo but can’t seem to create something at home that I like (can’t find a comparison at other restaurants, either). The Whisk Bliss sounds promising though! And so simple!

  36. 236
    Debi says:

    Sounds delish and I can’t wait to try Shirley’s Whisk Bliss. Thank you as always for sharing

  37. 237
    Vi says:

    I’d like to try my hand at a beer cheese soup!

  38. 238
    debbie says:

    key lime dessert squares

  39. 239
    Stephanie says:

    I would make the mac and cheese. Nothing better than comfort food

  40. 240
    Julia says:

    I would try the Broccoli and Cauliflower Au Gratin. Yum!

  41. 241
    SEAS says:

    BROCCOLI AND CAULIFLOWER AU GRATIN! YUM!

  42. 242
    Jenn K. says:

    I’d try the chicken tortilla soup.

  43. 243
    Angie says:

    Definitely the Sour Cream Drop Biscuits.

  44. 244
    Amy S says:

    I would make the carrot cake cookies!

  45. 245
    Sarah G says:

    I would make the black and white chili first.

  46. 246
    Kelly E. says:

    I would make the sausage gravy! I am so bad at making gravies, maybe Shirley J could help!

  47. 247
    Megan says:

    The Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies :)

  48. 248
    Andrea says:

    Broccoli Cheese soup please!!

  49. 249
    Carol says:

    Jenny your casserole looks delicious. The first thing I’d make is a quick macaroni and cheese casserole-one of our comfort food favorites.

  50. 250
    Erin says:

    I would make Alfredo chicken pizza

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