Chicken and Bows Recipe
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Chicken and Bows Recipe

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“I first made this recipe when I was a professional nanny,” writes Danette Forbes of Overland Park, Kansas. “It comes together quickly at dinnertime when the kids are hungry.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 357 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 636mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 3 lean meat 2 fat


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook chicken and red pepper in butter over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
  2. Stir in the soup, peas, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper; heat through. Stir in cheese. Drain pasta; add to chicken mixture and toss to coat.
    Freeze option: Transfer individual portions of cooled mixture in freezer containers. Freeze up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to an ungreased shallow microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high until heated through, stirring occasionally.
    Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Chicken and Bows in Simple & Delicious September/October 2007, p41

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Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"I made this meal for my family and not only was it easy but even my picky eaters loved it. There was enough to have to meals so we ate one that night and put the other in the freezer. I may add bacon next time!"

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"This is a dinner to be made only for me. My husband did not like it. I did! I halved the recipe, and it still made a lot. Needed lots of salt and pepper. My kind of comfort food. Oh, and don't use cheap chicken. I keep buying that generic stuff at Kroger and it's always rubbery. I don't think it's my cooking......but maybe."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"An average meal for us. I wanted much more flavor. It is filling and a quick fix for busy weeknights for sure."

Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"Very easy to make. Might add chopped carrots next time. I omitted the butter, subbed fat free milk and reduced fat soup."

Reviewed May. 7, 2013

"I added green onions only because I love them, very easy to make"

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