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Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Pasta


This is a great weeknight dinner dish that should be enough to feed a family of four with generous portions. If your family is smaller, you should have enough left over for lunch the next day. Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 2-3 Bay leaves, crushed
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 lb. or 1 package spaghetti or penne pasta
  • 2 Tb. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast, cut into thick slices lengthwise
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed and roughly chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lb. button or crimini mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, brought to room temperature
  • 1/2 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese, to taste


  1. Fill a large pot about 1/2 way full of water. Add bay leaves, salt and orange zest. Bring to a full boil.
  2. Add entire package of pasta. Move pasta around so that it doesn’t stick. Reduce heat to med-high. Follow instructions for cooking time of pasta.
  3. In the meantime, using a large deep bottom sauté pan, heat oil. Add chicken and cook until browned on each side, approximately 3-4 minutes each side. Remove chicken and drain on paper towels.
  4. If necessary, add more oil to pan. Cook tomato until skin begins to break. Add onions and cook another couple of minutes. Add garlic, salt and pepper. Bring chicken back to pan, then add mushrooms. Cook until the juice of the mushrooms has evaporated and the chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  5. If the chicken sauté seems a bit dry, reserve about 1/8 cup of pasta water and add to the sauté pan. Once the pasta is finished, drain completely. Do not rinse.
  6. Add pasta to the large sauté pan containing the chicken and mushroom mixture. Add sour cream and mix completely. Add parsley and do the same. Grate Parmesan on top just before serving, while still hot.

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  1. Assalaamu alaikum – I made this tonight for dinner. it was yummy!! I substituted the sour cream for greek style yoghurt and a little cream cheese for a lower calorie option but also cos i didnt have any sour cream and it was lovely. thank you for sharing! Keep coming with the recipes, i always like trying new things, x

  2. Welcome Ambreen it's great to have you :) you can go to myhalalkitchen.com to read more from Yvonne and find her facebook and twitter pages there inshaAllah. My Halal Kitchen posts a monthly column here on Muslimas Oasis so don't forget to follow us too :)

  3. i have just joined but was wondering if u have a group or become a fan page for the halal kicthen as i want 2 learn new ways of cooking..

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