Bobby’s Lighter Chicken Boudine

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By Bobby Deen

390 Fewer Calories
25g Less Fat

Ingredients
2 cups dry no-yolk noodles
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (8-ounce) package mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (7-ounce) package baby spinach
1 (10 3/4-ounce) cans fat-free cream of mushroom soup
1 cup water
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
3/4 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese  
2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted (optional)

Directions
Prepare noodles according to package directions; drain.
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray a 1-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, bell pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach and cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted, 2- 3 minutes.
Combine the soup and water in a small bowl until blended. Add the soup, chicken, and cooked noodles to the skillet; heat through. Spoon the mixture into the baking dish. Sprinkle with the cheese. Bake, covered, until the cheese is melted and the mixture is bubby, 20 – 25 minutes. Sprinkle with the almonds, if using.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 5 cups

Per Serving (about 1 cup) 210 Cal (44% from Fat, 38% from Protein, 18% from Carb); 20 g Protein; 10 g Tot Fat; 4 g Sat Fat; 3 g Mono Fat; 10 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 1 g Sugar; 148 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 613 mg Sodium; 52 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Chicken Boudine
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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Reader Comments:

AWESOME!  We love Paula & love southern cooking, but my waistline doesn’t.  Thanks so much for providing these recipes - love it!!

By Emily on August 03, 2010

WHO HAS WATCHED HIS SHOW WITH HIS BROTHER ROAD TASTED? WHO THINKS BOBBY IS TOTALLY HOT

By Jack Johnson on June 28, 2010

Bobby, thank you so much for the lightened up recipies.  I have just been told that I am pre-diabetic and have to loose some weight and start watching my calorie and Carb intake.  I also am doing a Weight Watchers program along with this and the fact that you give all the nutritional information is wonderful.  I can figure my POINTS and have a great dish!  Thanks again and please continue to convert some of your Mom’s (love Paula’s stuff)favorite recipies for those of us that can’t enjoy the “REAL THING” often.

By Terry on June 25, 2010

Bobby, you rock!! Hope you put all of these lighter versions of your mom’s recipes in a book!

By AMY HICKS on June 01, 2010

Bobby:
Thank you for the lightened up recipes. Love Paula’s recipes but I never tried them because they are full of fat and calories and I am trying to lose weight not gain any more weight.

By patricia on May 26, 2010

I can’t wait to try this.  I too love Paula’s recipes but must “Work” to keep the pounds off.  This sounds delicious.  Thanks, Bobby.

By Sue Stahl on May 26, 2010

Finally…someone heard my secret prayers!  Love, love, love Paula’s recipes but my butt does not smile  Thanks Bobby!

By Andrea H. on May 25, 2010

Thanks for thinking of us “Larger than life” people….lol.As everyone knows, losing weight is not easy! But thanks to Bobby and these lighter recipe’s, it’s not such an uphill battle.
Thanks a million

By kerry lee daniel on May 25, 2010

While I truly love every one of Paula’s delicious recipes, I am thrilled that Bobby has given us an alternative if we so desire - sometimes you feel like going “all out” - sometimes you don’t! Thanks for the choice!

By sweetmormor on May 25, 2010

Thanks for the lighter recipes.  I attend Weight Watchers and I love Paul’s recipes and have tried to cut the fat calories in some.  These recipes will surely help, so thanks for thinking of us who need to watch their waist lines.

By Marsha S. Chance on May 25, 2010

Finally I can enjoy Paula’s recipes and stay on my diet!!! What a great idea!
Bobby, why don’t you do a cookbook - Paula’s top recipes or new ones made lighter.
Sign me up.

By Susan Sorenson on May 25, 2010

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