Monday, September 26, 2011

Chicken Tequila Fettuccine

Good afternoon bloggers! Welcome to a brand new edition on Everyday Meals. I'm Mandie, your recipe holder extrodinaire! Let me start by stating: I do not condone drinking at all. We will be using tequila in our recipe, and I wanted to give you all a little background on this item of choice. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant. The blue agave plant is grown typically around Tequila and Jalisco, Mexico as well as Guadalajara. Did you know: Mexican laws state that tequila can be produced only in the state of Jalisco as well as in limited regions in the states such as Michoacan, Nayarit, Guanajuaro, and Tamaulipas? Also, most tequila is 76 to 80 proof (38 to 40% alcohol content). Okay, now that I have filled you all in on our star item for today's recipe, let's get cooking!

Chicken Tequila Fettuccine

You will need:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package fettuccine pasta
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapeno peppers
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons tequila
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1.25 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves , cubed
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1.5 cups heavy whipping cream

Ready? Let's do this!

  1. In a medium saucepan, saute the cilantro, garlic and jalapeno pepper in 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the stock, tequila and lime juice. 
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until reduced to a paste-like consistency, then set aside. 
  4. Pour soy sauce over the chicken and set aside for 5 minutes. 
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium sized skillet, saute the onion and the red, green and yellow bell peppers with the remaining tablespoon of butter or margarine, stirring occasionally. 
  6. In a pot, cook the fettuccine according to package directions. 
  7. When the peppers have wilted, add the chicken and soy sauce. 
  8. Toss and add the reserved tequila/lime paste and cream. 
  9. Bring to a boil and gently simmer until the chicken is cooked through and sauce is thick. 
  10. Toss the sauce with the well drained fettuccine and garnish with cilantro. 
  11. Serve.
  12. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this dish. Please note, the alcohol will have simmered out, leaving your dish left with only a mild remaining flavor. If you were worried before, please, don't be. Savor the flavors and I'll catch you all on the flip side. Happy Blogging to all! <3