Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I Guess It's A Noodles Kind of Week

Have you ever gotten that email with a giant pdf attachment chock full of a dillion "secret" chain restaurant recipes? Completely bored at work one day once my replacement was off to the races, I printed out a bunch of them including California Pizza Kitchen's Chicken Tequila Fettuccine.

And I'm glad I did. Maybe now I'll go back and try to make Hooter's Chicken Wings and Planet Hollywood's Thai Somethingorother one day.


1 lb dry (or 2 lbs fresh) spinach fettuccine
1 1/4 pound chicken breast, diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro reserved for garnish
2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper (seeds and veins removed)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (reserve tablespoon for saute )
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons gold tequila
2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 medium yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
1/2 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced


1. Cook pasta.

2. Cook 1/3 cup cilantro, garlic and jalapeno in 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes.

3. Add stock, tequila and lime juice. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until reduced to a paste like consistency; set aside.

4. Pour soy sauce over diced chicken; set aside for 5 minutes.

5. Meanwhile cook onion and peppers, stirring occasionally, with remaining butter over medium heat. When the vegetables have become limp, add chicken and soy sauce; toss and add reserved tequila/lime paste and cream.

6. Bring the sauce to a boil; boil until chicken is cooked through and sauce is thick (about 3 minutes).

7. Toss with drained spinach fettuccine and reserved cilantro.

Our chicken didn't cook through in 3 minutes. And what sauce thickens in three minutes!? Maybe over crazy professional kitchen equipment. Not mine. We probably cooked it closer to 20 minutes.

And I don't think my heavy cream was actually heavy cream. I really need to get in the habit of looking up the German for my cooking ingredients before I go to the store.

tequila chicken fettuccine

Whatever, it was delicious. So good, I forgot to take a picture of the plate with bread until I was like halfway done.

tequila chicken fettuccine


Lea said...

Looks yummy! Thanks for that link. Can't wait to try some of the recipes.

Jennifer said...

Can't wait to see some pop up on Smörgåsbord!