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Friday, December 28, 2007

garlic chicken farfalle

If you're interested in a pasta dish with serious flavor, give this is try. We're hosting a dinner party tonight, and my chicken is in the crock-pot now. This is one of our favorite things to make for a large group.


16 oz. Farfalle pasta
1 c. heavy whipping cream
3-4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
2 to 3 cloves garlic, crushed OR garlic salt (I do a spoonful of crushed garlic)
1 Tbsp. pepper*
1/2 c. butter
1 lb. bacon, crumpled**
1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 (12 oz) Lawry’s mesquite marinade with lime juice

*Seems like a lot of pepper, but it has a wonderful flavor when everything mixes together. If you're apprehensive, do less pepper. You can always add more.

**We like to cook our bacon in the oven (400 degrees, convection). Way less messy. And it's crispy every time. Time varies, so you just have to watch it. I think it's usually around 30 minutes. Allow to cool and then crumple (I totally wear disposable gloves for this part - surprise, surprise).

[ directions ]

Crock pot chicken and bottle of marinade on low for 6 hours. Pull marinated chicken out of the juices, allow to cool a little bit, and shred (I pull it apart). Set this aside. About a half-hour before serving, boil the pasta. In a small saucepan, melt butter, add garlic, whipping cream, pepper, parmesan cheese, and crumpled bacon. Whisk together on low heat for 3-4 minutes. In a large bowl, pour over cooked, drained pasta, add chicken and stir through. Sprinkle a little bit more shredded parmesan cheese on top.


Blogger Tina said...

YUMMY, I can't wait to try this recipe. I will head to the store tonight. :-)

Thanks for sharing all your fun recipes. I finally started working on a recipe holder with some fun SB papers to decorate it with. I have copied a bunch of yours onto cards and you even have your own section in my holder. :-)

Take care,

December 28, 2007 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger MommyMe said...

Hi Becky!

This sounds so yummy! Can't wait to try it!! We also bake our bacon! Thanks for the great recipes!!


December 28, 2007 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger momoftwo said...

This sounds so good! Enjoy your dinner party!!

December 28, 2007 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Leila said...

Always looking for pasta dishes! My family loves pasta. Can't wait to try this dish.

December 28, 2007 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Becky, this sounds divine!
But we don't have "mesquite" marinade here in Australia... can anyone tell me the main ingredients/flavours, perhaps I can fudge it a bit! I really want to try this...

Thanks for the recipes, they're great!

December 28, 2007 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Kelly Fowler said...

mmm this sounds absolutely lovely! am going to try it tomorrow :)

December 29, 2007 at 12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can attest to this recipe gals!! This is truly a great can not go wrong with it. We ate this for the first time when visiting Becky and David. It instantly became one of our favorites! You are a great cook that!! Love you......


December 29, 2007 at 3:05 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Sounds YUMMY!!! We will be trying it this Christmas break.

I took some of the Andes mint cookie to a Christmas things yesterday night and so many people loved them and wanted the recipe!!

December 29, 2007 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Deanna said...

I will be trying your recipe soon. I do love doing my chicken in the crockpot~ it comes out so tender!

Thanks for the great recipes.

December 29, 2007 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger cindyMN said...

I just have a reg electric oven. How long do you do your bacon then? Same time?
I am pretty sure we don't have this marinade either. I live in the boondocks. What could be a substitute?

December 30, 2007 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger krisalt said...

Hi Becky -

Have you ever tried the recipe with turkey vs. regular bacon? I was thinking that with the heavy cream the turkey bacon could reduce some of the fat/calories but did not know if it would lose too much flavor???

Sounds good - am going to try it this week!

December 30, 2007 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

This was Sunday dinner today. Threw in the chicken before church and it was done when I got home, so it was pretty quick at that point. My family loved it.
I'm mental and thought I had the mesquite marinade with lime juice, but when I went to get it out of the cupboard, it was tequila lime marinade (got that lime thing all twisted up in my head I guess). I decided to go ahead and make it and it was fabulous. I can't wait to make it the RIGHT way.

December 30, 2007 at 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yummy! I can't wait to make this!

I just discovered cooking bacon in our panini maker. It cooks so fast, drains all the fat and turns out soooo crispy. I cooked a whole package of bacon the other day and we had bacon in the fridge all week. Clean-up is a bit of a pain, but worth it!

Thanx Becky! I trust all of your recipes!

December 31, 2007 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Made this tonight for my hubby's bday, we had some friends over and it was a big hit. Even the kids asked for seconds. Thanks for sharing.

December 31, 2007 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger AndreafromNoVA said...

I know you can't possibly answer every question but, I thought I'd try and ask. Have you ever substituted anything for the heavy cream? My goodness girl how do you stay so skinny?? That would stay on my hips the rest of the year! hehehe Anyway I'd really like to try this recipe it sounds super yummy. I guess if you just eat it in moderation and make it for special occasions it's OK, right?


January 1, 2008 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Ramona said...

WOW! I will be trying this recipe this week. TFS!

January 1, 2008 at 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had this tonight for supper & it was fabulous! Kids both loved it & it went right into our Favorite Recipes binder. Thanks so much!

January 1, 2008 at 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Becky,
What kind of disposable gloves do you wear when working with food? I've always been afraid they would have something on them, like powder or another residue, that may contaminate the food. Are they special food gloves?

Also, to save a step, you could always use Costco's yummy roasted chicken instead of cooking your own (although it may not have the same flavor as the marinade will give it). This is only to save time when in a crunch.

Thanks for all your inspiration!


January 2, 2008 at 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for sharing. This was so delicious - my family loved it.

January 3, 2008 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger katie said...

We loved it! Thank you! More recipes please! Katie

January 3, 2008 at 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, I always thought pre-cooked bacon sounded yucky, but some friends brought it camping, and what a life-saver! Done in minutes, literally no mess (most of the grease is cooked away already) and strangely enough, it's virtually the same price as regular bacon. You can heat it in a pan or in the micro, it's done as soon as it's hot. Easy for those nights you want to add some crumbled bacon, but aren't looking forward to a big clean up.

January 4, 2008 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Jennifer B said...

I made this last night and it was wonderful. My kids loved it. Thanks for sharing!

January 5, 2008 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Trina said...

I made this last night for a potluck as well and it got great reviews. Thank you for sharing.

January 5, 2008 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

YUM-O! This was so good, I made it for two sets of grandparents plus our two kids last night and everyone was happy! I used the rotisserie chicken from a local market and it was delicious. Next time I will try the crock pot chicken w/marinade!

Becky, I'm so thankful for a good, tried & true recipe to add into my repertoire! Thanks so much for sharing.

Someone asked about a substitute for whipping cream...I have heard that unsweetened, condensed milk (canned) makes a good nonfat substitute for heavy cream and I've tried it in soups before with good results, but didn't with this recipe. If anyone gives it a whirl let us know!

January 5, 2008 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I finally had a chance to make it this weekend and we all LOVED it. I can't wait to have leftovers tonight.

Thanks again!!!!!

January 6, 2008 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger MichelleT said...

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I just made it for dinner this evening and we all loved it. This one will definitely be a repeat!!

January 6, 2008 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Made it today for after 1pm church. Everyone loved it even my picky 3 year old. Thanks for the idea.

January 6, 2008 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Ramona said...

It was a hit and tons of leftovers too. YUM! Thanks!

January 7, 2008 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

We tried this recipe yesterday for Sunday dinner and my husband kept saying "this is a keeper" I'll be making it for company next time but wanted to try it out for just us first. Leftovers for supper tonight YUM!

January 7, 2008 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger stamphappy2001 said...

Wow, made this last night and it was such a bit hit. There is plenty leftover. I substituted turkey bacon instead of the pork and it was still yummy.

Thanks for sharing recipes. Sure is fun to try out ones you know have been tried and loved. Can't wait to try your porcupine meatballs. My Mom used to make them but she can't find and didn't remember the recipe.


January 11, 2008 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger mara said...

Thanks Becky for the recipe - I made it last night and it was SO yummy! (and the girls at work were jealous as I ate leftovers for lunch today!!) :)

January 21, 2008 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger smileyfish76 said...

Thanks for the yummy recipe Becky. My husband wants to know about adding sun dried tomatoes to the sauce. I thought it was so very yummy, but unfortunately, my son refused to try it. Not one little bite! But he has been refusing anything new lately so not really suprised by it. :) So that means more lefts overs for US!!!!!! Yum yum.

January 22, 2008 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger AFScrapperMom said...

Woo HOo made it Monday, it's awesome, we are going to try it sans the bacon and with 1/2 and 1/2 instead of cream. I recommend serving it with a salad, I didn't and it needed some color

January 23, 2008 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I made this last weekend for my husband's birthday, and he loved it! We also used turkey bacon, and we thought it was great. Thanks for all the good recipes. I've tried several that you have posted, and we have enjoyed them all.

January 24, 2008 at 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MMM, MMM, GOOD! I couldn't find the specified mariade (until AFTER I made it, darn it- so I stocked up now:); anyway, used another mesquite marinade, and it was yummy!!! I have a friend at work, who after several months finally fessed up that she 'sneaks peaks and tastes' of my meals that I leave for when I come in that same night. Which I find to be a hoot actually! Anyway, surprised her and brought her some on my day off, while she was working, and she LOVED it!! Will be leaving the recipe for everyone at work now, at their request! Thanks Becky!!!

January 26, 2008 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Hilary said...

Oh My Goodness....this meal was to die for. I am so excited because everyone in my family loved it and because it made enough that we have left-overs tonight for dinner. I can't wait to eat it again. Thanks for sharing this must-eat recipe. Hilary

January 31, 2008 at 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was absolutely amazing! My kids both said that it tastes like we went out to a fancy restaurant. Thanks for sharing all of the great recipes Becky!

February 3, 2008 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger AndreafromNoVA said...

Finally made this last night. I think my husband and son liked it more than me (if that's possible):)normally they will not eat leftovers but this time they did! Thanks for the great recipe.

Andrea J

February 3, 2008 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

A total hit at our house. Loved this dish and so EASY to make. We even had leftovers for the following night. Definitely a keeper!!

February 12, 2008 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Sean and Janet Eyring said...

being such a busy mom, I will have to send you my wife's crockpot cookbook. Email me at with your address, and I'll send one your way, or you can order one off our website (just choose to pay with a check, and I will see that it is you, and you won't have to pay..i'll just get your address off the ordering page!)
It's so fun to read your blog, you famous lady you.
--Sean Eyring

February 19, 2008 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Kerilee Law said...

I made this for dinner tonight and it was fabulous! I did have to make one modification however, because when I went to the grocery story they didn't have the Lawry's marinade you mentioned - but I used KC Masterpiece Chipotle & Lime Marinade - totally delicious!!

February 26, 2008 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger The Schneiders said...

This was to die for. I made it a few weeks ago for a small dinner party we had. Definitely an occasional dinner meal, I'd be a whale if I ate this on a regular basis! Thanks for the recipe!! Jill

March 4, 2008 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger smileyfish76 said...

Okay ladies and gents, I made this last night using NON-FAT EVAPORATED MILK. I also used 12 oz bacon not 16 and all seemed to taste fine, like I remember it being last time I made this.

I couldn't find any unsweeted condensed milk and a friend had also never heard of that but through Evaporated Milk would work so I tried it. I did use my hand mixer and "beat" the evaporate milk to fluff it up a bit before adding it to the pot. Hope this helps.

March 11, 2008 at 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Becky, I just started reading your blog and I LOVE THE RECIPES!!! You have some great ones. Thanks for sharing. Cheryl
PS. Congrats on the baby!!!

April 3, 2008 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Amy B. said...

Hi Becky--

Thanks for this recipe. It's one of the best pasta dishes that we've ever made! I love it!


April 18, 2008 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Shara said...

OMG! This is sooo good. I made it last night for my family and my husband who is super picky like it.
Thanks for sharing

April 28, 2008 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I made this tonight and it was so good. I am normally not much of a meat person but even I couldn't resist this dish. I took half to a friend who is on bed rest (with twins) and they loved it too. Thanks!

May 22, 2008 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Shelby said...

Can anyone tell me how many people this will feed? I'm making dinner for 12 friends next Saturday, and this sounds good. Will I need to double it?

I can't wait to try this!

June 12, 2008 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

I just made this last night. Yum! I made a half recipe for my husband and I and we had enough left overs for lunch today. This is definitely going the the favorites file. Thanks for sharing!

June 23, 2008 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger rachel said...




This dish is absolutely heavenly. I made it tonight for my family and every single one of them loved it...even my most picky children. My husband made noises that let me know I did a good job. lol
Better than a restaurant, I tell ya!

November 17, 2008 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Peggy Smith said...

Served this yummy dish to my family, who loved it. I then served it on a scrapbooking weekend - big hit. I didn't tell the scrappers until after they ate, that I changed the recipe a bit - It is wonderful with Pheasant! If you have husbands who insist on hunting those birds, this is a great way to use up that meat. Along with this dish, the scrappers also had Becky's Butterscotch Apple dip and the Oreo truffles. We used Becky's book of Sketches to scrap with. I think we had a great theme going!

November 26, 2008 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Jacki said...

I have made this recipe now a few times- we love it! It makes a lot!!! One time I didn't have the chicken in the crockpot and wanted it for dinner, so I picked up a rotissere chicken from the store- and it was REALLY good in kit. Thanks Becky!!

December 8, 2008 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Debbie L said...

Oh my goodness!! This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe! Off to try your porcupine meatballs next week.

January 8, 2009 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Kristen Hamlin said...

Can I just say, wow!? I made this the other night, and my husband just kept saying "Wow!" as he took several helpings.
I added some corn and chopped sauteed green peppers to give it some color, and it was SO good. This is definitely going into the favorite recipes file. Thanks for sharing!

December 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I made this last week and it was delicious and EASY!!! I didn't have the 6 hours for the chicken, so I did 3 hours on high. The chicken was moist and shredded EASY!!

I also add some marinated artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes when it was finished.

THANK YOU for sharing this recipe!!

January 19, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Puttin' Down Roots said...

Becky - I have a BIG question and actually need an answer, if you could possibly respond to me?!?!?! I am having a dinner party on feb 20th. I have 20 people coming & I AM DEFINITELY making this Chicken dish. I've had it at my sisters before & L.O.V.E. it! BUT, my question is, how much do you think I need to make for 20 poeple. I was thinking 2 would be enough, but would it?? Thanks so much!

February 12, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! Delishy Dish!

Enjoy your party!!

March 21, 2010 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger JoLynn said...

My mouth watered as I read this recipe. Thanks, Becky! I'm on Spring Break this week, and I am committed to home-cooked meals... so sick of take out.

March 21, 2010 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger 2girlz1boy said...

What a great blend of flavors! My husband is actually our chef, and he whooped this up for dinner for the family. He added scallions and red pepper to the garlic white sauce, a nice addition. And I have leftovers for lunch at work the next day, my coworkers will so jealous.

March 23, 2010 at 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Becky, this is been one of my kids favorites For years. Do you ever pour any of the juice over the chicken? I have another recipe that calls for shredded chicken and you shred it in the crockpot with the cheese and then remove. Just curious if you’ve ever tried that recipe.

April 14, 2024 at 3:30 PM  

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