Crispy Thin Chicken and Pasta with Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce

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When I was in college I worked at Morton’s Steakhouse. They had a dish on their lunch menu called “Chicken Christopher”. It was a very thin chicken breast, breaded crispy, with a garlicky-cream sauce.

I’ve been making it ever since, but I have always “Adam-ized” it, meaning, I made it my own. It can be made from a variety of garlic cream sauces, but if you like sundried tomatoes, you will go crazy of this version I created.

I’m not going to lie, this takes a lot of cookware. You need a pot to boil the pasta, a pot to blanch the asparagus, a pan to saute (fry) the chicken, and a deep pan to make the sauce!  Plus, a baking pan to put the chicken in the oven to finish cooking! If you think you can do it, here goes!

The full recipe is in the recipe card below, but if you can handle multiple pots going on your stove at the same time, it’s a breeze!

Start off by creating the breading for the chicken. Slice the chicken thin and then pound it to make it even thinner. This is important! It just makes the meal so much tastier.

Saute the chicken in olive oil in a pan on the stove, until it gets crispy. Then set it in a baking Pyrex dish and slightly tent with foil. Place in a 350 degree preheated oven. Now you can start making the sauce.


Pasta and Cream Sauce

This is actually pretty easy. Saute some butter in a deep pan. I use an All-Clad Weeknight Pan, but a wok would do just fine.

Start off boiling a pot of salted water and cooking the pasta to the package directions. Then, start the sauce.

Add the butter, olive oil, garlic, and sundried tomatoes to your deep pan. Use some of the olive oil from the jar as well. Add the cream. Stir and let it simmer on low. While you’re doing this, blanch the asparagus.

Once the pasta is done, drain and reserve 1 to 2 cups of the pasta water. Add the pasta to the sauce. Add the Pecorino cheese.  A lot of it! And add kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

If the sauce is too thick, add some of the pasta water. Get it to the consistency that you like. Not too runny, and not too thick.

Toss in the asparagus and stir it all to coat.

Simmer it on low until the chicken is done.

Plate it and enjoy! It’s sooooooo good!

Thin Crispy Chicken with Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce

This is an unbelievably delicious meal. Thin chicken, with a lite sundried tomato cream sauce!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Chicken Breading

  • 1 c Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 c Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 chicken breasts (sliced thin, and pounded really thin)
  • 1/2 c grated parmesan
  • 2 eggs (beaten, for dipping and breading chicken)
  • 1/2 c olive oil (for frying chicken breasts)
  • 1 handful parsely finely chopped
  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper

Pasta and Cream Sauce

  • 1 lb Bucatini pasta (or pasta of choice)
  • 1 c Pecorino romano cheese (get a high quality cheese and grate it)
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic (pressed)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Kosher salt (divided, for pasta water, and sauce)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp sundried tomatoes (from jar, packed with olive oil)
  • 10 spears asparagus blanched
  • 1 c pasta water (reserved from cooking pasta)

Instructions
 

Prepare chicken

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • pound chicken breasts thin (I use a Pampered Chef meat pounder)
  • Beat 2 eggs in a bowl, large enough to dip chicken in to coat
  • Create breadcrumb mixture using both types of breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and fresh parsley, finely chopped, and a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Heat nonstick skillet with olive oil until hot
  • Dip chicken in egg wash and breadcrumb mixture. Pat breadcrumbs on thick on both sides.
  • Place chicken in hot skillet and let it get crispy (approx 2-3 minutes per side). Turn and fry other side.
  • Repeat until all chicken is crispy fried with breading. WORK IN BATCHES! CLEAN THE PAN IN BETWEEN IF NECESSARY. This prevents burnt breadcrumbs coating chicken.
  • Set in baking dish. Lightly cover with foil and place in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes tops.

Prepare Pasta Sauce and Pasta

  • Boil pot of salted water
  • In another deep pan, add butter, sundried tomatoes, pressed garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil and stir until butter is melted. Add cream and stir. Reduce heat to a very low simmer.
  • In another pot, place asparagus for 3 minutes in boiling water. When finished, cut each stalk into 3-5 pieces, depending on the size of each asparagus stalk. Set aside.
  • Once pasta water boils, add pasta and cook per package instructions. Drain and reserve 1-2 cups of pasta water.
  • Slowly add pasta to the sauce and coat.
  • Add the grated Pecorino cheese slowly. Add pasta water to maintain creamy consistency.
  • Add more cheese if necessary. Feel free to add more cream and/or pasta water if necessary as well. There are no rules. Make it to your liking.
  • Add asparagus. Toss. Add salt and pepper.
  • Remove chicken from oven and plate with a side of pasta. Drizzle some of the sauce over the chicken.
Keyword Chicken, Pasta
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Salmon with Lemon Pasta, Peas and Broccolini

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I love salmon. I’m always trying to think of new ways to make it though.

The other night I had a taste for pasta but I had taken some salmon out of the freezer so I had to use it. While salmon and pasta may be the main ingredients for this dish I created, the real star of it is the sauce though!

I started by cooking the pasta and searing the salmon, like I normally do. In a wok, I started the sauce. I know cream sauces aren’t the best sauces to make when you’re a Weight Watcher, but I had a taste for it! I used only 1/2 pint and then added some of the pasta water to it to increase the volume.

I topped it with some some broccolini, baby corn and peas. The sauce was garlicky, lemony, peppery, and the veggies make it crunchy. It was quite tasty!

This dish could easily be made with chicken, shrimp, or even just vegetarian. The sauce is the show stopper. I surprised myself how good it was! And since I was eating that evening at home by myself, I had no shame in putting the plate up to my mouth when I was done and drinking the rest of the sauce!

Salmon with Lemon Pasta, Peas and Broccolini

Adam Lapsevich
This is a new twist to eating salmon! It's served over a lemony, peppery pasta dish with crunchy broccolini, baby corn, peas and pea shoots.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Pasta, Salmon
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Non-stick frying pan
  • Pot for pasta
  • Steamer for veggies
  • Wok or other pan for cream sauce and tossing it all together

Ingredients
  

  • 2 6 oz Salmon filets Skinless
  • 3 cups Penne pasta Or other favorite pasta
  • 1/2 pint Heavy Cream
  • 4 stalks Broccolini
  • 1.5 cups Peas Frozen is best
  • 10-12 pieces Baby Corn
  • 1 handful Pea shoots
  • 1 Lemon Zest first, then juiced
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp White pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp Red Pepper flakes Or more for extra heat
  • 2 cloves Garlic Pressed
  • 2 tbsp Butter Divided
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil Divided

Instructions
 

PASTA

  • Cook pasta per package instructions. Reserve some of the water.

BROCCOLINI / BABY CORN

  • Steam broccolini and baby corn for a few minutes. Don't overcook. Crunchy is better!

SALMON

  • In a frying pan, non stick, heat 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter.
  • Using a paper towel, dab the fish to remove moisture. Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Sear in pan for 3-5 minutes on all sides. Set aside when finished to cool slightly.

CREAM SAUCE

  • In wok, heat 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil.
  • Add 2 cloves of pressed garlic and saute. Do not burn.
  • Add heavy cream and lemon juice and simmer.
  • Add the frozen peas.
  • Add pasta to the sauce and toss. Add some of the pasta water if needed for consistency.
  • Add broccolini, corn, and pea shoots. Season with salt and all 3 types of peppers to taste.
  • Plate the pasta and then gently flake the salmon into pieces and place on top. Top with lemon zest if desired.
Keyword Lemon pasta, Salmon
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