Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bowtie Chicken Alfredo

This is a recipe from The Pioneer Woman. The interesting thing about it is that my son made it. He did it almost completely on his own. I just cleaned up. According to everyone, it was delicious! Not just because we want to encourage him to continue to cook, either. He did a great job. It might be a foolproof recipe, or not. Try it and find out.

Bowtie Chicken Alfredo


  • 12 ounces, weight Bowtie Pasta (farfalle)
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine (may substitute low sodium chicken broth)
  • 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • low sodium chicken broth, as needed for thinning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan shavings or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breasts. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts and cook until deep golden brown on both sides and done in the middle. Remove from the skillet, slice into thin strips and set aside.

3. Add additional 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet, followed by the minced garlic. Stir the garlic around the pan to avoid burning, and cook for 1 minute. Pour in wine (or broth), then let it bubble up and reduce for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Add half-and-half, cream, and extra salt and pepper, whisking constantly until it's all combined. Allow liquid to heat up and thicken for a few minutes. If it gets too thick, you may thin it with a little chicken broth.

4. When the sauce looks good, remove it from the heat. Add Parmesan to the pan, then throw the hot pasta right on top of it. Toss it a bit. Add the chicken and continue tossing until it's all combined. Again, if it gets too gloppy, splash in a little broth (you may return the pan to low heat if it needs it.)

5. Taste it, adjust seasonings, and top with minced parsley and extra Parmesan. Serve immediately!