Lightened-Up Chicken Alfredo Pasta

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Lightened-Up Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 16 minutes • Serves: 4

1/2(13.25-ounce) package whole wheat linguine pasta
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Nonstick cooking spray
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup low-fat milk
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 container (8 ounces) light sour cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh chives or Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves for garnish (optional)

1. Heat large covered saucepot of water to boiling over high heat. Add linguine and cook as label directs, adding peas during last 1 minute of cooking. Drain pasta mixture; return to saucepot and cover to keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Spray skillet with cooking spray. Add chicken; cook over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until chicken is browned and reaches an internal temperature of 165°, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to plate; keep warm.

3. In same skillet, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour to form a paste; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium; stir in milk, garlic powder, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Stir in sour cream and cheese; cook 1 to 2 minutes or just until heated through.

4. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Add pasta mixture and chicken to skillet; toss until well coated in sauce. Serve sprinkled with shredded cheese and chives, if desired.

Approximate nutritional values per serving:
458 Calories, 14g Fat (8g Saturated), 96mg Cholesterol,
826mg Sodium, 45g Carbohydrates, 6g Fiber, 36g Protein