In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; rinse under cold water, drain and set aside.
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Saute chicken pieces in a large skillet over medium high heat until cooked through (juices run clear and meat is no longer pink inside); set aside. Add vegetables to same skillet and saute until cooked and crisp but not soggy; set aside.
To Make Giardino Sauce: Heat butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add garlic, thyme, wine, pepper flakes and lemon juice. Saute for a few minutes over medium heat, making sure that you cook to reduce the acidity of the lemon juice (otherwise, when you add the cream, it will curdle). Stir in the water, then combine the sauce mix with a little cream and stir together until mixture is not lumpy; add mixture to skillet, then add the remaining cream and stir all together until slightly thickened. Set aside.
Combine cooked pasta, chicken and vegetables in a large skillet over medium heat and heat through. Add sauce, stir all together and cook until heated through and thickened. Serve hot.
621.84 calories; 38.09 g protein; 59.11 g carbohydrates; 6.97 g dietary-fiber; 2.01 g sugars; 20.35 g fat; 11.33 g saturated-fat; 120.99 mg cholesterol; 6599.14 IU vitamin-a-iu; 23.34 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.84 mg vitamin-b6; 15.14 mg vitamin-c; 153.91 mcg folate; 107.6 mg calcium; 5.17 mg iron; 99.9 mg magnesium; 752.34 mg potassium; 207.97 mg sodium; 0.16 mg thiamin; 183.13 calories-from-fat; 37 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 28 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 24 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 16 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat
After smelling the sauce I had to throw it away and use the chicken veggies and pasta with other spices and cheeses.
I tried this recipe in hopes of it tasting like a favorite restaurant entree. I too threw out the sauce and used the chicken and vegetables to make a separate dish. The sauce was really bad. Maybe the 1 T of thyme was wrong. Revisions necessary!
The recipe wasn't that bad but I reduced the Thyme to 1 tsp. and I used chicken broth instead of wine. After the sauce heated through I thickened it with a little more of the dry sauce mix.
Recipe calls for way too much wine. Try it with about 1/4 of the wine indicated and I think it would taste all right.
This recipe was a disaster. I was a little wary after reading the reviews but love this dish from olive garden and really wanted to try it. First off I was skeptical of the amount of liquid used in the sauce; it seemed like alot. And when I added the white mix it didn't thicken at all! I ended up with a weird smelling water/wine soup. I don't know what went wrong but I was left with just chicken and vegetables and no edible sauce to be found.