A Simple and delicious chicken dish, that anyone can make.
Pasta sauce ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
2 cubes chicken stock blocks
2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese/ cream cheese
1 tablespoon dried basil (or up to 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil)
500g fettuccine pasta
4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
salt and pepper
Cajun spice, just a pinch, OPTIONAL
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Feta Cheese crumbled
To prepare pasta sauce:
Heat olive oil on medium-high heat, add sliced mushrooms and garlic – and cook the vegetables for about 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes. Reduce heat.
Dissolve 2 cubes of chicken stock in 2 cups of boiling water. Carefully add the broth to the skillet – continue to cook the vegetables in a chicken broth on medium heat until the mushrooms and tomatoes absorb some of the broth and the broth reduces somewhat.
Add the heavy cream and bring to boil just for a short moment. Add Parmesan cheese and cook the sauce, stirring, for a couple of minutes, on low-medium heat until the cheese melts. Add the basil.
If your sauce is too thick at this point – add another 1/2 cup water. If your sauce looks thin to you – do not continue simmering the sauce to thicken it as you will be adding pasta shortly (in the next step) – and pasta will absorb some of the sauce liquid. Even if the sauce looks thin now, it will not be so thin once you add pasta.
Cook fettuccine al dente according to the package instruction. Drain and rinse in cold water (this will stop the cooking). Add the fettuccine into the sauce and continue cooking the sauce with the pasta in it, on medium heat, for a couple of minutes (or more – to achieve the desired thickness) stirring constantly to coat well.
Note: do not add salt to the creamy sauce because it should already be salty enough from the dissolved chicken cubes. Only in the very end when the sauce is done, you may add some salt if needed.
To make chicken:
Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt and pepper. You can also add a touch of Cajun spice on both sides, if desired.
Heat the large pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add olive oil and swirl it around the pan. Immediately, add the chicken breasts and cook them for 2 minutes on one side. Flip each chicken breast over to the other side, cover, and cook for 2 more minutes on the other side. Flip them over again to the other side, turn off the heat, cover the pan with the lid and let the chicken breasts sit covered for about 10-15 minutes (depending on the thickness of chicken breasts). If your chicken breasts are very thick, you might even need 20 minutes. After 10-15 minutes are over, make a thin incision in the center of one of the chicken breasts to check for doneness and to make sure there is no pink in the middle.
Place 1/4th of pasta from the pan on each of 4 dinner plates. Top each pasta with a chicken breast. And Finally the Feta cheese and Enjoy