I love 💗Pappardelle. Those wide pasta noodles grab onto the sauce perfectly. For my Pappardelle Alfredo With Blackened Chicken, I start with the chicken.
Prep time: 10 minutes (make sure you have all the ingredients prepped and measured in advance, for ex., cheese grated, and the chicken seasoned)
Cook time: 30 minutes (time may vary depending on the amount of chicken)
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 1 (12-inch) cast-iron skillet, 1 (6-quart) saucepot, 1 (3-quart) saucepot, deep-sided frying pan (rondeau), 1 (10-cup) food processor, large oven-safe serving platter, Microplane, chef’s knife
8 chicken cutlets, 1/4-inch thick
6 tablespoons of olive oil
10 tablespoons (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons) of butter, unsalted
1 package (1 pound) of Pappardelle (substitute Fettuccine)
1 bunch (1 pound) of fresh asparagus (blanched and cut on the bias into 2-inch pieces), optional
1/4 cup of blackened seasoning
1 quart (2-(16-ounce) containers) of heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon of nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
1 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated, extra for garnish
1/4 cups of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Ingredients For Blackened Seasoning:
3 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Directions For Blackened Seasoning.
In a small mixing bowl, add all the spices along with the Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, stir to combine. Store in an air-tight container in a cool dry place.
Sprinkle the blackened seasoning on both sides of the chicken cutlets.
In a preheated cast-iron skillet over medium heat melt 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Start with 3 cutlets in the skillet, cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side. You want to make sure they are cooked all the way through. Some of the cutlets may be slightly thicker so those may need a little longer in the skillet. Once the first batch is finished, slice the chicken on the bias, and transfer to an oven-safe platter. Repeat the process two more times until the remaining chicken cutlets are cooked and sliced.
Note: Cover with the platter foil, place it into a 225-degrees F. oven to keep chicken warm while finishing the remaining chicken cutlets.
Next, *blanch the asparagus in boiling salted water for just a minute or two. Using a large hand-held strainer or slotted spoon, transfer the blanched asparagus right into a bowl ice water to shock them and stop their cooking. Once the asparagus has cooled down, remove the asparagus from the water and slice the spears on the bias, 2 inches in length. Set aside.
In a large deep-sided pan(rondeau) over medium heat melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Add the heavy cream, freshly grated nutmeg and garlic powder, whisk to combine. Reduce the heat to low, add the Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, stirring occasionally, until sauce comes to a simmer and begins to thicken, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the heat off before adding the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Stir to combine.
At this point the Alfredo sauce and chicken are done, next, is to cook the pasta.
While making the Alfredo sauce, have a large saucepot of salted boiling water ready on the back burner. Now all you need to do is to cook the pasta (Pappardelle or Fettuccine) according to package instructions, 8 to 12 minutes. Do Not discard any of the pasta water.
Note: If the sauce needs thinning out ladle small amounts of the starchy pasta cooking water and toss. Add the pasta water only after you’ve combined the pasta and sauce.
Reserve the rest of the hot pasta water on the back burner.
After I’ve tossed the pasta through and made any adjustments needed to the sauce, add the blanched asparagus tips into hot the pasta water to heat through before adding it to the finished Pappardelle Alfredo, toss to combine.
Finish the dish by arranging the sliced blackened chicken on top of the pasta alfredo. Garnish with more freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley. This dish is so delicious and comforting, I’m sure you’ll make this dish again and again. Serve immediately.
There you have it, Pappardelle Alfredo With Blackened Chicken.
*Blanch: Blanching (scalding vegetables in boiling salted water for a short time) cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color and helps retain the vitamins. Transfer the blanched vegetables into an ice bath to stop the cooking process and lock in the color.