Friday, July 13, 2012

Cajun Chicken Alfredo

I found this recipe on Pinterest and couldn't wait to try it! As it turns out, it's amazingly delicious. All five of my kids had second helpings. I tweaked it a bit (I can't resist tweaking recipes!) and the finished product was so, so yummy! We'll definitely be making this one again!

What You Need:
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
3 Tbls Cajun Seasoning
2 Tbls Butter
2 Tbls Olive Oil
1/4 cup chicken broth
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb grape tomatoes, halved
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese (use the real stuff, not the powdered!)
1 tsp kosher salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
A dash of nutmeg
2 Tbls chopped parsley
1lb Fettuccine

What to Do:
Cook noodles according to package directions. Try to time it so the pasta will be done when the sauce is or after the sauce is done. Noodles should NEVER wait for sauce. Sauce can always wait for noodles. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Meanwhile, rinse chicken and pat dry. Rub the Cajun seasoning all over the chicken breasts. Pretend you're giving it a massage. Heat the oil and 1 Tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet on med-high heat.
Brown the chicken on each side for 3 min. You want a really good sear. Then pop those suckers into a baking pan and into the oven for 10 minutes to finish cooking them.

Add the chicken broth to the hot skillet and use it deglaze the pan. Get all those yummy, crusty bits up then you can throw in the garlic and the tomatoes. Let them cook for a couple minutes until the tomatoes start to cook down a little bit and the garlic gets tender. 

Add your cream, the remaining 1 Tablespoon of butter and salt and pepper to the skillet. Cook while stirring for several minutes until the cream thickens up.

At this point remove it from the heat and stir in your cheese. Keep stirring until the cheese is melted and delicious.

Cut your now cooked chicken breasts into strips of chickeny goodness and throw them into the skillet along with your fettuccine noodles.

Toss, toss, toss! Cover your noodles and chicken in the thick creamy, cheesy sauce. Top with a dash of nutmeg and the chopped parsley and eat it quick before anyone else can grab it!

Perfect to serve with a salad (I like the spicy blend I get at the farmer's market from a local farm) and some crusty bread! Be prepared to gain weight because you'll want to it ALL!