Friday, January 8, 2016

Chicken Pasta with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce

I made this back in October, but forgot to post the recipe. I saw the pics on my computer today and now I want it again. I've been in the mood for pasta and this unique dish using cilantro and lime with an Alfredo sauce is fresh and delicious. Found this keeper at Julia's Album.

This would make a great meat-less main dish side dish too if you don't add the chicken.

Chicken Pasta with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce

2 T. olive oil
1 lb. chicken breast, sliced
Salt and pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 T. freshly squeezed lime juice 
1/4 c. chicken broth
1 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
2/3 c. heavy cream
2/3 c. milk
1/2 c. mozzarella or Parmesan cheese, grated
8 oz. spaghetti pasta 
1 t. fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-hot heat. Generously season sliced chicken with salt and pepper, add to the hot skillet and cook for about 5 minutes until done. Remove sliced chicken from the skillet.

To the same skillet, add minced garlic, lime juice and chicken broth. Cook for 1-2 minutes on high heat, deglazing and scraping the skillet until the liquid is reduced and making sure garlic does not burn and brown too much. Mix in chopped cilantro.

Add heavy cream and milk. Bring to boil, the immediately add cheese and mix in until melted, while boiling. Then, remove from heat.

Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain, reserving some cooked pasta water.

Add pasta to the sauce, along with the half of the chicken. Mix everything in and season pasta with more salt, if needed. Top with the remaining half of the chicken and more chopped cilantro.


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