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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Louisiana Chicken Pasta

I've never said this before.  I recreated a dish from a restaurant and it tasted EXACTLY the same.  This is the dish I order every time I go to The Cheesecake Factory.  It's creamy, spicy and totally worth all the fat and calories.

This is the reason I only go there maybe once a year.

I'm not kidding when I say this, but you NEED to make this dish.  Tonight.  And then eat the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Louisiana Chicken Pasta
Cajun Sauce:
1 small red bell pepper, sliced
1 small green bell pepper, sliced
1/4 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 t. red pepper flakes
1 T. butter
2 c. heavy cream
1 c. low sodium chicken broth
1 t. dried basil or 1/4 c. fresh
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 c. sliced mushrooms

1/2 c. Bisquick or panko breadcrumbs
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 t. garlic salt
1 egg
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 lb. penne or bow ties

Hint: You can make the Cajun sauce up to a day ahead.  Saute peppers, onion, garlic and red pepper flakes in butter.  Add in cream and chicken broth.  Bring to a quick boil, then lower the heat and simmer until reduced by one quarter.  Add in the basil, cheese, mushrooms, salt and pepper.  Simmer for another 5 minutes.  Let cool, set aside or refrigerate in a covered container, reheat sauce when ready to use.

To prepare the chicken combine breadcrumbs, cheese, and flour in a bowl.  Mix the egg in a separate bowl.  Cut chicken into strips.  Dip chicken in the egg, then the flour mixture, then repeat again, coating the chicken twice.  Spray a baking sheet, bake chicken for 35 minutes at 375 degrees flipping halfway through.

Cook pasta till al dente.  To serve, toss sauce with pasta and top with cooked chicken.

Divine, that is all I half to say.


Moving on.

Check out my Facebook page.  I'm giving away a few items in the next couple of days.  It is nearing the end of summer (well, at least August), so I felt it would be fitting for a little something.

Nothing huge, but some frivolous and fun.  Here's today's feature: a darling cupcake notebook and a package of reuseable drinking straws.  Yeah, I'm not in fourth grade, but I still think they are cute.

Would you like to comment?

  1. This pasta looks amazing! I love the crunchy topping.

  2. Looks amazing!! But has too many ingredients for my kitchen :) Suz

  3. YUMM! That looks amazing- I will definitely be trying that soon!

  4. Jolene (Everydayfoodie)August 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    That pasta looks very tasty!! I like the short ingredient list, and all things that I usually have on hand.

  5. Let Clint make it...you guys would love it...honestly it's easier than it looks.

  6. The notebook is something I would totally buy! I'm cupcake obsessed. Anytime I see something small like that I have to pick it up... even if its childish haha. As for the pasta looks SOOOO good. I'll have try it.

  7. Made this last night and it was FABULOUS. There is a minor oversight in the recipe in preparing the chicken. Since you're using panko, "Flour" should read "garlic salt". Seriously delicious. Thank you so much.

  8. Tess, I'm confused on the oversight in the recipe? Did I type something in wrong? Regardless, I'm glad you enjoying, it's it yummy???