Prep: 15 min - Cook: 60 min Serves 8
You can vary the taste of this dish by the way you cook and add the chicken. The chicken breasts can be grilled and served on top of, or beside the Fettucine Alfredo, or cut in morsels, sautéed or grilled until just done, then mixed with the fettucine and sauce at the end. My favorite is chicken grilled on charcoal. Another variation is adding a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and finishing in the oven (2nd picture).You can also (optionally) add steamed broccoli florets and/or sautéed, diced red pepper. You can use fettucine, taglietelle, mostaccioli, penne or farfalle pasta.
2 skinless chicken breasts, cut in slices about 1/4 " thick then in bite-size morsels
6 or so leaves of sage
1 cup broccoli florets, steamed (optional)
1 red pepper, seeded, coarsley diced, sautéed in olive oil or butter (optional)
8 oz pasta (fettucine, tagliatelle) or 12 oz (3/4 package) penne, etc. (Fettucine is heavier).
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (or 2 of olive oil for sauteeing the chicken and 2 of butter for the sauce)
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan), at room temperature, plus extra cheese to pass at the table
1 1/4 cup heavy cream or Half and Half (or 1/2 of each)
salt and freshly ground pepper (use white pepper if you have it)
a pinch of grated nutmeg
Set the pasta water to boil. In a pan large enough to hold all the ingredients, sauté the chicken in 2 tablespoons of butter or good olive oil until lightly browned. Set aside in a warm place. Cook the pasta. Remember to reserve some of the cooking water to moisten your chicken Alfredo if it is too dry. Add the heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese to the same pan. Keep cooking on low-medium heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture reduces slightly and thickens.
Add pinch of nutmeg, 3 - 4 leaves of sage, salt and pepper to taste. Stir.
Add the cooked chicken and optional ingredients and mix again. Taste for salt. Add a Tablspoon or two of the pasta cooking water if too dry. Add the cooked and well-drained pasta to the sauce. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
Turn into a warmed serving bowl, or directly onto warmed plates.
VARIATION: Turn pasta mixture into a baking dish, sprinkle 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese on top, and set under broiler for about 30 seconds, until flecked with brown