Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chicken Milano Pasta

This was super good. Too good. I think I ate most of it all by myself.

Macaroni Grill Chicken MilanoI will definitely double this recipe next time I make it.
1-2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic minced
½ cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
½ cup chopped mushrooms I used a cup of baby portabella mushrooms. I love them.
1 cup chicken broth*
1 cup heavy cream I used half and half.  I think if I make this often I will use whole milk.
1 chicken breast, diced*
Salt and pepper to taste I added at least 1/2 tsp salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh basil I used a sprinkling of dried basil
1 packet fresh fettuccini or bow tie pasta
Parmesan cheese

1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat; heat oil. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper; cook until lightly golden and juices run clear, about 6-8 minutes. Take chicken off heat and set aside.
2. In the same skillet, melt butter over low heat, and cook the garlic till fragrant. Add a Tbs of flour and cook it for a minute. Then add the cup of the chicken broth.
Add the tomatoes, increase heat to a boil. When you reach a boil, reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes leaving uncovered. I added the mushrooms here so that they cooked down and flavors melded.
3. Add the cream, and bring back up to a boil, stirring continuously. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, add cooked chicken; continue to stir until sauce has thickened, about 5-8 minutes.
4. Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain pasta and put back into warm pot; pour the sauce over the warm pasta, sprinkle with fresh basil and parmesan cheese. Serve warm. I never mix my pasta and sauces together like this because the pasta drinks up all the sauce. I like to ladle it over the pasta.
*Note: This pasta could easily be made vegetarian by excluding the chicken and using vegetable broth rather than chicken broth. The flavor would still be fantastic. I didn't add chicken today because I didn't feel like messing with chicken and Jimi wasn't home. I will def use chicken when I make this for him.