Cheats Healthy Creamy Chicken & Bacon Carbonara

You might have noticed the recurring theme this week is quick, easy and healthy. It has been one of those weeks it really has! But don’t worry we all have those kinds of weeks & I’ve got you covered with quick & easy tasty meals to make your life a little simpler if you’re having a hectic week too. Tonight’s dinner honestly couldn’t be more easy to throw together in a hurry. This serves 1 person at 11 Smartpoints (2sp no count) or Macros 573cal, P79, C45, F8.
1 Medium Chicken Fillet Diced (approx 160g)

2 Lean Bacon Medallions Diced

60g (uncooked weight) Wholewheat Spaghetti

Sliced Mushrooms (approx 75g)

1 Large Shallot Finely Diced

1 Clove Garlic (optional)

60g Lightest Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Spray oil

Salt & Pepper

Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley  

Cook the pasta according to packet instructions, you need to reserve some of the water the pasta is cooking in for the sauce. Meanwhile spray a non stick saucepan with spray oil and cook the diced chicken for about 8 minutes or until cooked through. Approximately 2 minutes before the chicken is finished cooking add the bacon to the pot until cooked. Set the cooked chicken & bacon aside in a small bowl & lightly fry your diced shallot & sliced mushrooms in the same pan until cooked. When cooked add back in the chicken & bacon & season with salt & pepper, crush in your garlic for the last 30 seconds to a minute (Never add garlic at the beginning of the cooking process it will burn & go bitter it only needs 1 minute in the pan at the end of a recipe to release the flavour). Add the Lightest Philadelphia to the pot with the chicken & bacon mixture & add 3 or 4 tbsps of the water the pasta is cooking in depending on the consistency you like the sauce to be, add it gradually so you can judge it. Stir gently over a low heat with a wooden spoon for a minute or two to melt the Philadelphia into a sauce. Drain & plate up your pasta & serve the chicken & bacon on top sprinkled with some fresh flat leaf parsley to garnish. Philadelphia sauces wait for no man so eat this immediately it is not suited well to sitting around for long periods or reheating. Enjoy x

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