It’s a Friday night, my husband was coming home from 3 days away from home, and my oldest son has soccer practice in the evening. I needed a dinner that could be made ahead, that would knock my husband’s socks off, and that the kids would want to eat as well. Fettuccine Alfredo is my favorite pasta, and I have a recipe for homemade sauce. But I wanted to try something with a twist and found a recipe for Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. This recipe is easy to make and so delicious. The sauce is creamy and flavorful. The chicken has a great flavor and is tender. My boys ate it up and even asked for seconds. My husband said this definitely goes on the list of food I should make again.
4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 ¼ lbs.)
1 ½ Tbs. Cajun blackening spice
2 Tbs. butter, divided
1 Tbs. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 C (1/2 pint) grape tomatoes, halved
¼ C. dry white wine (or chicken broth)
1 ½ C. heavy cream
1 ½ C. good quality, freshly grated Italian cheeses (I used Asiago)
4 oz. herbed goat cheese, crumbled
1 tsp. kosher salt (or more, to taste)
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper (or more, to taste)
1 pound cooked fettuccini
Cook fettuccini “al-dente” according to package directions, stirring often. Drain, and rinse with hot tap water, to keep pasta from sticking. Drain again.
Rinse chicken breast in cool water, and pat dry. Pound each chicken breast flat with a flat meat mallet or rolling pin, between two sheets of plastic wrap. Set flattened breasts on a clean plate. Sprinkle a heavy amount of blackening spice on both sides of each chicken breast, pressing to adhere. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat 1 Tbs. of the butter, and the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, until butter begins to brown. Place chicken in the pan, and sear on one side, until it is very brown, about 3 minutes. Flip chicken and sear the other side until very brown, about another 1 ½ minutes. Work in batches so as not to crowd the pan. Place browned chicken onto a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside. Remove chicken from the oven and thinly slice against the grain; set aside.
If the skillet looks dry, add a bit more olive oil. Re-heat the skillet over medium heat. Pour in the dry white wine into the skillet to deglaze the pan—whisk all of the delicious brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the garlic and tomatoes to the pan and sauté to soften and lightly caramelize, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour the heavy cream to the pan with the tomato mixture, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add the salt, pepper, and the remaining tablespoon of butter. Continue to stir the cream mixture while it simmers for 3-4 minutes. The cream will reduce slightly. Remove from heat. Add the grated cheeses, and goat cheese to the cream sauce. Stir constantly until all the cheese has melted, and sauce is smooth. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings. Pour the fettuccine onto the sauce, and top with the sliced chicken. Toss the pasta and chicken into the sauce with tongs, until well combined. Turn tossed pasta into a large serving bowl.