Friday, September 12, 2014

Spicy Romano Chicken

Another week has passed, and fall is here with a vengeance. It has been cool and wet and gloomy for the past couple days. But, the gloriously colored trees will appear sun. And, of course, there will be gloriously sunshiny fall days too. So, I will not complain.

The cooler weather is great for baking. I currently have french bread and regular bread rising on my counter. And I am going to make cookies this afternoon. The kids are never happy when the cookie jar is empty. Their mom is never terribly happy about it either, but you know...

Last week my parents were in town, so we had a family dinner with them and my brother and sil that live down the block. Since we all had a race the next day, we went with a carb heavy dinner. Races are good excuses to carb load.

This recipe is one my sister shared. (the same sister who just gave birth to a girl yesterday! Megan Joy. So amazing!) It is delicious. I can't believe it took me this long to make it. It is spicy-but not too spicy for kids. We all thought it was amazing. And it didn't haunt us the next day either.

Spicy Romano Chicken
1 pint heavy cream
4 Tbsp butter
2 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp black pepper
1/2 cup grated Romano/Parmesan cheese blend
1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (this is where you can add or remove hotness)

1 pound bow tie, cooked
2 Tbsp butter
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
2 green onions, sliced
3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and sliced in 1" strips
1/8 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped (optional)
2 Tbsp heavy cream or white wine

-Cook pasta according to package directions.
-I grilled my chicken breasts and then sliced them later.
-Melt butter in a large skillet. Add cream, salt & pepper and heat to a boil. Remove from heat and fold in Romano/Parmesan cheese and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
-In another large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add mushrooms, green onions and tomatoes. Stir for 1 minute. Add chicken and 2 Tbsp of heavy cream and stir well. Add pasta and all the sauce to the skillet and stir gently until mixed well. 

Serve this with a lettuce salad and French bread for a complete meal. You can also sprinkle extra Romano/Parm on top of the pasta if desired.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!