Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The 21st Century Housewife’s© Pasta with Chicken in White Wine Sauce

I’m linking this recipe up to Tasty Tuesday at Beauty and Bedlam, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace and Tuesdays at the Table at All the Small Stuff. Do go along and visit them for some great Easter ideas.

This recipe tastes really special, but it is so quick and easy it is as appropriate for a weeknight as a dinner party. It would make a quick and easy dinner for the Saturday of Easter weekend as well. It serves four adults as a main course or six as a starter. Kids like it too, and as most of the alcohol in the wine cooks off, it should not cause any issues. Do be sure to use a good wine (it doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to taste good!) as you can’t make a tasty sauce without a tasty wine!

2 generous tablespoons butter
2 generous tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine (a nice one, that you would enjoy drinking)
about 1/4 cup light (single) cream or half and half
2 to 3 cooked chicken breasts, cut in small chunks
8 to 10 ounces of penne pasta (roughly 3 generous cups)
fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped, to garnish (optional)

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for a couple of minutes to make a roux. Add the wine and stir into the roux. Gradually add the chicken stock, a bit at a time, stirring and allowing to thicken after each addition. Stir in the cream.

The sauce should be just the right consistency at this point, but if it is a little thick at this point, you can add a bit more stock or cream, whichever you have on hand.

Drain the pasta and return to its pan. Add the chopped chicken breast and the sauce. Stir over very low heat to coat the pasta with sauce and warm the chicken through.

Serve in warmed bowls, garnished with parsley if you like it.

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Happy Easter everyone!

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