Mel and Mal's Creamy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta

Ingredients
  • 250g dried pasta of your choice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts, diced into 1" cubes, and dusted with cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
  • 200g Chorizo sausage cut into small pieces
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 100g small button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, de-seeded and thinly sliced
  • 100g cream cheese of your choice
  • 1 Knorr chicken stock pot
  • 300ml double cream
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Some fresh basil leaves for decorate

This is a twist on my other favourite version but with a thick creamy sauce that adds more moisture to the dish and is best served with pasta.

Ever popular when I demonstrating in store, I am always asked for the recipe so here it is.

Serves : 4        Prep/Cooking Time : 40 minutes

Instructions

Cook the Pasta

Using a large saucepan, fill to about 2/3 and bring to the boil. Add the stock pot and stir until it has dissolved then add the salt, and bring back to a rolling boil

Add the pasta and again bring back to the boil, turn down to a simmer and continue to cook until the pasta is al-dente(to the bite)

Prepare and Sear the Chicken

Whilst the pasta is cooking, put the cornflour and the chicken pieces in a plastic bag, seal and shake the bag until the chicken is well coated.

Heat a large fry pan up slowly on a low to medium heat until the pan is fairly hot.

Add the olive oil and when hot, remove the chicken cubes from the bag and place into the pan, making sure that there is a gap between each piece ( if your fry pan is not big enough to cook all the chicken this way, then cook in batches). Sear the chicken pieces on all sides

Add the Chorizo and Creamy Bit

Add the chorizo and continue to cook at the same temperature for 3 minutes.

Now add the onion, garlic, red pepper, smoked paprika and tarragon and cook on a medium temperature, stirring all the time until the onion has softened.

When the pasta is cooked and you are ready to serve, add the mushrooms and cream cheese and stir.

Put it all together

Pour a little of the pasta water into the fry pan and stir.

Add double cream and stir this in, still cooking on a low to medium heat. Continue to cook until the chicken is tender and cooked through.

Serve immediately with a twist of pepper and a sprinkle of fresh basil leaves and an accompaniment of green salad and warm Italian bread. Delicious!

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