Chicken Fettuccine (aka Bowtie Chicken )

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One of the ways I have failed my children is to provide them any real instructions for making meals that they love.  Chicken fettuccine (as we call it) is one of our homemade concoctions that needs documenting.  In case someone reads this that is not close family, the name is misleading.  This can include fettuccine, but what we call chicken fettuccine often contains bowtie pasta or maybe even shells.  This is a fairly easy recipe to make and can feed a large number of people.  This is often served out of a bowl much like traditional spaghetti.  The amounts noted here will often feed the given number of people and allow for left-overs.

The Ingredients

We will list out amounts for feeding eight to ten.  Amounts can be cut in half to feed half as many people.

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts – one per person to feed.  I use ten to cover 7-10 people
  • Broccoli, peas, or green beans  (we prefer broccoli) – 24-32oz.
  • 2 lbs pasta – bowtie or fettuccine.
  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • lemon pepper – to taste
  • dijon mustard – to taste
  • garlic salt – to taste
  • nutmeg – to taste
  • butter – roughly 1 tbsp
  • parmesan cheese

Milk can be substituted for whipping cream, but the heavy whipping cream has a little better taste and is less runny.  The spices can be adjusted based on how you cook the chicken.  I have found replacing dijon and lemon pepper with a garlic and roasted herb mix tastes good also.

The Cooking

Grill the chicken or you can oven bake it.  The grilled way is my favorite so we will walk through that here.

  • Add olive oil to the pan.  Create a thin coating
  • Lay the breasts on the grill pan and coat it with the dijon mustard.  It does not have to be heavy or a thorough coating.
  • Sprinkle the lemon pepper on the breasts and flip them to repeat the process on the other side.
  • As the chicken is cooking start to dice the pieces.  This will speed the process and the spices will cover the chunks of chicken
  • Cook the vegetables.  The Birds Eye microwavable veggies work great for this as well
  • Cook the pasta

Putting it together

Once everything has been cooked we will combine it in a bowl.  I use the same container used to cook the pasta.

  • Add the butter to the bowl
  • Add all of the pasta to the bowl
  • Sprinkle on a layer of parmesan cheese
  • Add about half the veggies and half the chicken
  • Sprinkle nutmeg on top.  Nutmeg has a strong flavor so don’t go nuts, but you do want to be able to visually see the nutmeg has been added
  • Sprinkle on a layer of parmesan cheese
  • Add about half the whipping cream
  • Mix the bowl to bring the pasta to the top while mixing in the chicken and veggies
  • Sprinkle on a layer of parmesan cheese
  • Add the rest of the chicken and veggies
  • Sprinkle nutmeg on top
  • Sprinkle on a layer of parmesan cheese
  • Add the rest of the whipping cream
  • Mix the bowl again
  • You can add a layer of parmesan while mixing the combination to make it cheesier.
  • Once done add one last layer of parmesan and a touch of nutmeg to the top

Your meal is done and you are ready to eat.  Scoop it onto a plate or bowl as you would any other pasta dish.

I like to add a touch of salt to my portion and this goes great with a little honey mustard or yum-yum sauce added to a portion.

Buon appetito!

 

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