Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blackened Chicken Alfredo

Blackened Chicken Fettucini Alfredo
with mushrooms, multi-colored mini bell peppers, sun dried tomatoes, & scallions
(serves 3-4)
  1. Pasta
  2. 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  3. 4 tbs parmesan cheese (maybe more...)
  4. 2 thick chicken breasts
  5. 4 tbs butter (unsalted)
  6. blackening seasoning (you can make your own)
  7. Baby bella mushrooms sliced (one small container)
  8. 5-7 multi colored mini bell peppers diced
  9. Scallions (3-4 stalks)
  10. 2 tbs olive oil
  11. 1/2 cup of sun dried tomatoes (small peices)
  1. Slice each breast in half lenthwise to create a total of 4 thinner cutlets.
  2. Brush each peice of chicken with 2tbs of melted butter
  3. Sprinkle each slice with blackening seasoning, pat/rub each to make sure it sticks.
  4. Heat skillet over medium heat, spray with Pam, and place two breasts in the center.
  5. After a few minutes of blackening, turn the chicken over (don't forget to spray the Pam before the other side of the chicken touches the skillet; prevents burning/smoking).
  6. Repeat with the 2nd two  breasts.
  7. In the mean time begin boiling water for pasta (follow instructions on the box).
  8. Heat oven to about 400 degrees F (for garlic bread* and also chicken).
  9. Once each cutlet is seared and blackened just enough, place on an aluminum lined baking sheet in the over for about 5-8 minutes until cooked through. Flip once, once you see the juices flowing, the chicken should be ready. It never hurts to cut through and double check.
  10. Now we begin the veggies; heat two tbs olive oil in the same pan (I washed mine).
  11. Add mushroom, scallion and sundried tomato. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, until softened.
  12. OPTIONAL: Add sliced chicken (I did this; however when I make this again, I will add the chicken as the final step before serving).
  13. Stir in heavy 2 tbs butter, whipping cream and parmesan cheese. Heat should be at medium. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes and patiently wait as it thickens...(I was becoming worries, so I added a few dashes of corn starch to thicken...and maybe a few extra dashes of parmesan cheese).
  14. Once thickened, you're ready to serve over pasta!
Tips & Recommendations
  • Serve with side salad and garlic bread.
  • Crushed red pepper flakes OR fresh ground black pepper is always a plus.
  • Trust me, you DON'T need any more parmesan cheese.
  • Go crazy with the veggies, broccoli would have been an awesome addition!
  • Why not add a splash of your favorite red sauce; everyone loves PINK SAUCE!
What a comforting meal :)

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