Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Peppery Chicken Farfalle

Did you know that farfalle is my favorite pasta?  I don't know why, I mean all the shapes taste the same, but it's my favorite.  The homegirlz of course think there is a difference and they prefer penne.  sometimes a mom has got to do what a mom's got to do and for me it means cooking farfalle every now and then.

This meal just kind of came together, and came together very quickly.  Don't let the word "peppery" square you off.  This dish is not spicy, just infused with very deep flavor.  So if you're ever rummaging through your fridge and your pantry, give this a try!

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, stir in some salt and cook 1 pound of your favorite pasta. Reserve one cup of your pasta water!  Drain the pasta.

Cut up one package (about 1 lb.) of chicken tenders and one package of boneless, skinnless chicken thighs into bite size chunks.  You can also use one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat.
Toss the the chicken into the skillet in batches and brown up.  Remove to a platter and reserve.  Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and add in one onion chopped, 2 roasted red peppers, 4 peppercino peppers de-seeded and 2  cubenelle peppers de-seeded and chopped.  (Since it's summer just add in whatever mild peppers you may have on hand except more bell pepper.).  Add 2 tablespoons minced garlic, saute 1 minute then add in one 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes.



Bring the sauce to a light bubble then add in  the starchy pasta water 1/2 cup at time time.  You may only need 1/2 cup, check the thickness of the sauce and add more starchy water if needed.  Lower the heat to simmer and add in 1/2 cup of heavy cream...just enough to "blush up" the sauce.  Let it simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add the drained pasta back to the pot is was cook in and pour the sauce over the pasta and toss to combine.



Top with freshly chopped basil and pass the cheese!


29 comments:

Big Dude said...

Great looking creation Katherine and Bev has the same feelings about pasta - her favorite is angel hair. Penne is real popular in dishes, but since I like my food to stay hot, I rarely use it, as I think the tubular shape allows it to cool much faster.

gigi said...

Geezzz...I could really eat this for breakfast, RIGHT NOW!!! For yum :)

Joanne said...

Isn't it strange how certain shapes seem to taste different than others? I love linguine but don't really like spaghetti or angel hair. Strange.

This pasta sounds fantastic though! No matter the shape.

Claudia said...

I love farfalle. Of course, I also love penne and how sauce gets stuck in its tube. And then there's delicate angel hair.... But now there is your scrumptious dish with a great way to use chicken.

Cheryl said...

It is 6 a.m. and I am drooling over this, YUM!

The Japanese Redneck said...

If it's not angel hair, my husband won't eat it. He only likes very thin pasta.

Drives me crazy.

I love different pastas, looks good to me!

Sandra said...

Katherine, this looks amazing and we, generally, don't eat chicken around here.
BTW, have you ever made your own pasta? I'm kinda in a mood to give it a try.

Bridgett said...

I love farfalle as well. This is a delicious looking creation that would go well in my home too.

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teresa said...

oh that looks so good! isn't it funny that you can have a pasta preference. we all have our faves at this house too. i love all the flavors going on in this dish!

Pam said...

Nice! I would love a bowl full of this farfalle for lunch.

Faith said...

This chicken farfalle looks amazing:) perefect treat for breakfast. You've done a great job.

steph said...

This looks fantastic! I happen to love chicken & pasta. Bow Tie pasta is one of my favorites too. I think it is a fun shape.

The Blonde Duck said...

See, I like farfalle over penne.

Marjie said...

Of course Farfalle is your favorite pasta. It's so much more fun to say than "Angel Hair".

And my oldest son swears that every shape of pasta tastes different. I just like how they look.

The Diva on a Diet said...

I'm always rummaging through my fridge and pantry ... and always in the mood for pasta ... this looks SO good to me, Katherine! Love to cook on the fly like this. Well done!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Looks delicious, Katherine. Isn't it 'funny' how different shapes of pasta seems to taste differently?????

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biz319 said...

That looks delicious! And I do prefer shaped noodles over regular spaghetti every once in a while!

Chris said...

Good, I'm not the only one that feels that different shapes make different tastes. I'm a penne or angel hair guy myself, but I'd devour a plate of this peppery chicken farfalle.

Burp and Slurp~! said...

Farfalle isn't my favorite pasta (gnocchi is!), but I much prefer them to noodles. I think they are so pretty and cute, and they hold sauces well.

Marguerite said...

This dish just looks fab! Love the way that you've used the different peppers and chicken tenders and the farfalle is perfect!

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5 Star Foodie said...

The farfalle sounds excellent with all the peppers!

Debbie said...

This is my type of meal. It looks so delicious Katherine. I know I will have to try this!

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Dee said...

This looks wonderful & had one of my favorite herbs to boot! Looks delicious, Katherine.

Reeni said...

I love bow-ties too! But it would be hard for me to pick just one favorite. Love this packed-with-peppers pasta! The cream puts it over the top for me.

highlandsranchfoodie said...

This is a wonderful dish. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I think spaghetti is my favorite. But I love them all.

Kristen said...

This looks really homey!

stephen said...

I love penne pasta but I would love to try this. I'm new to cooking and can't wait to try this:0
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