California Pizza Kitchen Tequila Chicken Fettuccine
Recipes evolve on their own. Early on we put a shot of tequila in each
dish. The bottle was kept over range. Than one day it heated up, accidentally tipped
and burst into flames. After that, we started putting the tequila right in the sauce.
Too much of this one and you really will end up south of the border - or under the
1 pound dry spinach fettuccine (or 2 pound fresh)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (2 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper (seeds and veins may be eliminated if milder flavor is desired)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (reserve tablespoon for sauté )
1/2 cup chicken stock (preferably homemade)
2 tablespoons gold tequila
2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/4 pounds chicken breast, diced 3/4 inch
1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 medium yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
1/2 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Prepare rapidly boiling, salted water to cook pasta; cook until al dente, 8 to
10 minutes for dry pasta, approximately 3 minutes for fresh. Pasta may be cooked
slightly ahead of time, rinsed and oiled and then "flashed" (reheated)
in boiling water or cooked to coincide with the finishing of the sauce/topping.
Cook 1/3 cup cilantro, garlic and jalapeno in 2 tablespoons butter over medium
heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add stock, tequila and lime juice. Bring the mixture to
a boil and cook until reduced to a paste like consistency; set aside.
Pour soy sauce over diced chicken; set aside for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile cook onion and peppers, stirring occasionally, with remaining butter
over medium heat. When the vegetables have wilted (become limp), add chicken and
soy sauce; toss and add reserved tequila/lime paste and cream.
Bring the sauce to a boil; boil gently until chicken is cooked through and sauce
is thick (about 3 minutes). When sauce is done, toss with well-drained spinach fettuccine
and reserved cilantro.
Serve family style or transfer to serving dishes, evenly distributing chicken