Thinking Outside the Noodle – Part II – Cilantro Lime Fettuccine with Grilled Chicken in a Mango Cream Sauce

Thinking Outside the Noodle – Part II

When I first came across this recipe I wasn’t sure about it, but I saved it and put it into my “to make” folder.  It was certainly different, but intriguing.  I was looking through the folder and saw this again and that’s when the inspiration hit me.  This would be great with cilantro lime noodles.  I wasn’t wrong!  I loved the combination and each bite was bursting with incredible flavors.  Think outside the noodle and give it a try!  Enjoy!


  • 1 lb Cilantro Lime Fettuccine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – grilled and cut into pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 mango – peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped fine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add fettuccine pasta, cook for 3-4 minutes, until almost done, and drain.
  2. Heat the olive oil in the skillet, and cook the onion and red pepper until tender. Mix in the garlic, ginger, mango, and jalapeno, and continue to cook and stir 5 minutes, or until mango is soft. Gradually mix the half and half into the skillet, and cook 5 minutes, until thickened.
  3. Add the grilled chicken to the skillet. Stir in the partially cooked pasta, and chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir 2 minutes, until ingredients are well blended and pasta is al dente. Mix in the cheese. Garnish with cilantro to serve.

Source:  Adapted from Allrecipes

Coming Next – Thinking Outside the Noodle – Part III – Pesto Fettuccine Noodles

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Tropical Salsa – A Tropical Delight!

This is my new favorite recipe for fish!  If I closed my eyes and savored each bite I could almost feel the sun and see the palm trees in my tropical paradise.  Ahhh …. almost!  I used Mahi Mahi but I think any white fish would work well.  This is truly a delight whether in the tropics or cold northeast Ohio in winter.  Enjoy!

Recipe source:  Emeril Lagasse, 2002

IngredientsGrilled Mahi Mahi with tropical salsa

  • 1/2 cup sliced yellow onions
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 4 (6 to 8-ounce) mahi mahi fillets
  • Tropical Salsa, recipe follows
  • Toasted coconut flakes, garnish
  • Chopped cilantro, garnish


In a bowl, combine the onions, oil, orange and lime juices, cilantro, garlic, salt, cumin, and cayenne. Place the fish in a large, non-reactive baking dish. Pour the marinade over the fish, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

Tropical Salsa

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 cup minced red onions
  • 1/4 cup minced red bell peppers
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Pinch salt

Combine the mango, avocado, pineapple, onions, bell peppers, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, garlic, and salt in a bowl and gently fold to combine. Adjust seasoning to taste. Let sit for 30 minutes before serving for the flavors to blend.

Preheat a grill, and lightly oil the grill rack with vegetable oil. Remove the fish from the marinade. Place on the oiled grill and cook, skin side up, until marked, 45 seconds to 1 minute. Turn carefully with a spatula and cook until the fish is just cooked through, about 4 minutes, depending upon thickness. Remove from the grill.

Spoon the rice into the center of 4 large plates. Arrange 1 fillet onto each serving of rice and top with the Tropical Salsa. Garnish with toasted coconut and cilantro, and serve.

Source:  Foodnetwork.comGrilled Mahi Mahi with a tropical salsa