Saturday, January 14, 2012

Boyfriend-approved Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo :)

My blog certainly does have a style problem... usually this is because I'm taking pictures of my actual dinner, cooked very quickly, which I then serve on my actual plates. I definitely should make an effort to take more pictures :)

Boyfriend-approved Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo*

*Not For The Faint of Heart.

(Anything with the world "alfredo" should bear this little addendum. So many dairy products....)

I'm sure this could be made lighter, though I wonder if it would be less awesome.

This recipe is quick and easy and makes about enough for four people.

3/4 of one stick of butter
3 cloves garlic
1 cup cream (I used heavy whipping cream due a factor known as "the store was restocking and had no other kind of cream".)
1 1/2 to 2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
A small amount of milk (optional)

3 chicken breasts
Olive oil
A small amount of Cajun seasoning

One pound fettuccini noodles
Chop the chicken into one-inch chunks. Very lightly season with Cajun seasoning. (You don't want to overpower the sauce with seasoning--just enough to give it a little extra flavor.)

Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil and add the chicken. Cook the chicken thoroughly and set aside.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Crush in the garlic cloves and stir and sizzle for a few moments. Add the cream, reduce the heat, and cook until thoroughly heated.

Add the cheese to the cream mixture by handfuls. Whisk constantly as you do this! Season with salt and pepper. If the sauce is too thick, thin it with a small amount of milk. Set aside, keeping the sauce warm.

Boil and drain the noodles in a large pan, returning them to the pan. Pour the sauce over the noodles, and toss until the noodles are coated. Add the chicken, and toss again. Serve immediately.

Next time I make this I want to add vegetables, too! I had a vegetable-less dinner which feels extremely decadent.

I served the dish with bread and a semi-sweet white wine for date night. A lovely evening staying home when it's cold and snowy outside. :) Here's a picture of my super-fancy table......... yes, the "super-fancy" part is just a little bit of sarcasm. :D

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