Sunday, December 25, 2011

Liz's Lair: Christmas Week Recipes

Today on Mysteries and Margaritas, I decided to do something different. Since a lot of you will still be enjoying family and the holidays instead of surfing the Internet and reading blogs, I'm going to save my words of wisdom and print a recipe today and hope you'll join in and post your favorite ones.

Today's offering is Cheesecake Factory's Louisiana Chicken Pasta. I love Cheesecake Factory and absolutely adore the Louisiana Pasta. I found this recipe on line, and I can tell you, it is almost as good as the real thing. You can find the longer version here.


Cheesecake Factory's Louisiana Chicken Pasta

4 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese ( grated)
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons flour

Cajun Sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 small yellow peppers ( chopped)
1 small red bell peppers ( chopped)
3/4 small red onions ( chopped)
3 whole garlic cloves ( minced)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/4 pints whipping cream
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
4 tablespoons fresh basil ( thinly sliced)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 (12 ounce) packages bow tie pasta
1 cup mushrooms ( sliced)

Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add yellow and red bell peppers, mushrooms, and onion to same skillet,until crisp-tender, about 4 minute.
Add garlic and crushed red pepper to skillet and saute 3 minutes. Add whipping cream and chicken stock. Simmer until sauce re-heats and thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Add basil and 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese to sauce, stirring to incorporate. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, simmer; sauce will reduce and thicken.

Wash and drain chicken breasts. Pound until very thin (the thinner the chicken breasts the better). Mix breadcrumbs, flour, and Parmesan cheese together. Place milk in dish for dipping. Dip chicken in breadcrumb mixture and then in milk and then back in breadcrumbs. Place in fry pan that the oil has been heated and fry at medium high temperature until golden crisp and cooked through. Add more oil as needed.

Remove and drain chicken; keep warm.

Meanwhile, cook bow-tie pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain and return to pot. Add sauce and toss to coat. Place pasta with sauce on plate, and top with chicken breast.
Serve, passing additional Parmesan separately.

My mouth is watering.


Kari Lee Townsend said...

Ohhh, Liz, that sounds fabulous!

Cassy Pickard said...

Great recipe, Liz! We're still eating the horns I made on Saturday for yesterday. Jon made homemade cannelloni for dinner; his pasta is to die for. It sounds like we have some cooks among us.

Other recipes folks want to share??

Lindsay said...

Oh, that's just to complicated for me but it does sound yummy.

Liz Lipperman said...

Hey, guys, I'm on my way to Virginia tomorrow for my SIL's funeral. Her death was not unexpected, but it still comes as a sad time for my brother and his family.

I'll try to catch up with you guys later.