Chicken a la Boscaiola

Chicken and bacon in a cream sauce with penne pasta

 

The recipe called for fettuccine, but I think penne pasta works nicely, catching the sauce in the middle.  This is right up there with my favorite pasta recipes.  ENJOY!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ pound bacon chopped (about 8 slices)
  • 1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms (Baby Bella)
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/8 cup sherry
  • 1 ¼ cups half and half
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound penne pasta

Chicken and bacon in a cream sauce with penne pasta

 

Instructions

  1. In a large sauté pan over medium high heat, combine 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and butter until melted and frothy.
  2. Working in two batches, add in chicken and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch. Do not over cook. Remove chicken to a flat plate to cool and stop the cooking process.
  3. Place the bacon in the same pan and cook until it is crispy. Remove bacon to paper towels, chop and reserve.
  4. Drain off all bacon fat but reserve two tablespoons,half of which gets used in next step.
  5. Put one tablespoon of bacon fat in the same pan and sauté mushrooms for 2-3 minutes or until they just start to give up their liquid. Remove from pan and set aside along with all of the pan drippings.
  6. Add the second tablespoon of bacon fat back into the pan and sauté onions and garlic until the onions are translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add mushrooms and their liquid back into the pan with the onions, add the sherry and cook for one minute scraping any bits from the bottom.
  8. Add in half and half, sour cream, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and parmesan cheese. As mixture starts to bubble, reduce heat to medium and simmer 2 more minutes. The mixture will begin to thicken.
  9. Cook penne pasta according to package directions. When draining reserve one cup of pasta water.
  10. Add cooked chicken and bacon back to sauce and stir.
  11. Add cooked penne and cook over low to medium heat for 1-2 minutes to blend flavors. If the dish is too thick, add a little pasta water until desired consistency is achieved.

Slightly adapted from:  http://www.afamilyfeast.com

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