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Olive Garden's Tuscan Garlic Chicken made light 
Nov. 30, 2009 8:24 pm 
Updated: Dec. 1, 2009 2:51 pm
I saw the original Olive Garden recipe and it sounded delicious. Then I started looking a little closer--11/2 cups of flour, a full pound of fettuccine, 5 tbsp of oil, 2 cups of heavy cream, a full cup of cheese. OH MY GOD! As many of you know, Weight Watchers uses a point system to help members track how much they should eat in a day. The points are based on calories (higher calories equals higher points), fat (higher fat equals higher points), and fiber (higher fiber equals lower points). An average woman will get between 20 and 25 points for a full day, a man, 30 to 35. This recipe is 32 points!

At least it was. Instead of breading the chicken, I rubbed it with a little olive oil and and a mixture of Italian herbs. I reduced the oil needed to 2 teaspoons, plus a spray on the chicken. I substituted low fat butter milk for the heavy cream and, finally, reduced the serving size of the pasta, using a good whole wheat linguine. And then, because we had it and I wanted to use it up, I tossed in a layer of fresh blanched asparagus.

My version is only 9 points, and can be brought down to 8 if you'd like a little lighter meal, use 6 oz of pasta and 1/3 cup of cheese.

Some notes on preparation: Be sure to thicken the sauce some before adding the spinach. When finishing with the parmesan, add it very slowly, stirring continuously or it will clump and stick to the spinach and peppers.

Let's eat!

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Dec. 1, 2009 2:51 pm
Thanks for sharing your reduced calorie version. Sounds great and I will give it a try! I've always loved the Tuscan Garlic Chicken so I'm happy to feel less guilty about indulging! Thanks again.
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