Linguine with Green Onion Chicken
Contributing Writer Marlee C.
My neighbor Marlee is back with a new (old) recipe she tried at home from one of her parent’s old Bon Appétit cooking magazines. Marlee is new to cooking and has been working on her techniques and repertoire.
I asked her to really spell out what she did and why and I think you are going to enjoy her results. I can’t wait to prepare this myself. Here’s what Marlee had to say:
This dish is particularly special to me because it has been in my family for decades now. It comes from the June 1989 issue of Bon Appétit magazine.
My family has subscribed to Bon Appétit for as long as I can remember, and they save every issue they get, making notes of their favorite recipes on the inside. My parents have been cooking this recipe for my whole life and last week I decided to try and make it myself for the first time.
I cooked it for two family members and myself. I decided to share this recipe with you today because not only is it super easy to make, but it’s so delicious. How can you go wrong with green onions and cream?
While I found this recipe to be a huge success, I do have a few things I would have done differently:
- The original recipe says to sauté the chicken breasts whole and slice them afterwards, which I followed. My parents later told me that it’s faster and easier to cut the chicken first and then sauté it. It took me up to 25 minutes to thoroughly cook the chicken and get it to an internal temperature close to 165°F (the recommended temperature of doneness for chicken), because I had chicken breasts that were very thick.
- I forgot to season my chicken with salt and pepper before sautéing, and remembered half way through. I immediately seasoned, but don’t make the same mistake, season before you cook. The salt needs time to dissolve and mingle with the juices from the chicken.
- Make sure to plan out your cooking so that everything finishes at the same time. I started cooking the pasta while my chicken was still cooking because I thought my chicken would have been done faster than it was. I had my pasta finished a few minutes before everything else, and although it wasn’t a huge deal, it’s not preferred.
- If you are making this dish for less people and would like to cut the portions down, be careful. I decided to cut the servings in half and it turned out well, but I did notice that my sauce was a little heavier than I would have liked.I should have added a little bit more broth to the mixture. Either taste test your sauce before turning off the heat, or make sure to measure out properly. A taste test will probably be your best option though.
- This recipe calls for ¾ cup pasta, which if you’re cooking for 4 people may be enough, or maybe not. It all depends on personal preference.For three Italians who love pasta, we nearly finished the entire bowl. If you like leftovers, go for the whole box of pasta (usually 1 pound). But this means you may have to add a little bit more of some ingredients here and there.
- The original recipe in the magazine used green pasta (most likely some sort of spinach pasta) as an eye-catcher as well as to make the dish more colorful. Cream, cheese, chicken and plain pasta are all a similar color. Still tastes good regardless!
Green Onion Chicken with Linguine Recipe
- 6 chicken breast halves skinned and cut into chunks
- 4 tablespoons butter ½ stick
- 2 large shallots minced
- ½ cup chicken stock or canned low-salt broth
- 2 cups light cream
- 1¼ cups Romano cheese freshly grated
- 6 shallots chopped
- ¾ pound green linguine or fettuccine
- Romano cheese freshly grated - to taste
- salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 200° F and stick an oven-safe plate in it.
- Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil, getting ready to cook the pasta. This should take 5-10 minutes, giving you time to cook the chicken and ensure that everything finishes around the same time.
- Over medium-low heat get a 10-inch skillet hot and then melt 2 tablespoons of butter.
- Season all sides of your chicken with salt and pepper.
- Add the chicken to the skillet and sauté until cooked, flipping occasionally. This should take a few minutes on each side.
- When your chicken is done, remove your plate from the oven and place the chicken on it. Tent the chicken with aluminum foil to keep warm and set aside.
- Toss the linguine or fettuccine in the boiling salted water. I used linguine, but both pastas will be al dente between 7-10 minutes. I usually take 1-2 minutes off the time the box tells me to make sure I get that perfect al dente texture.
- Place large oven-safe serving bowl into the oven to warm.
- Add minced shallots to the skillet you were just cooking the chicken in and stir around for 1 minute. If you find that your chicken soaked up most of the butter from before, you can add a tablespoon or less of butter to the pan at this step.
- Add chicken stock or broth to the skillet and raise the heat to a boil. Reduce this down to a glaze, takes around 4-5 minutes. I used commercial canned chicken broth.
- Add cream to the glaze and boil until a thicker consistency, stirring occasionally. The sauce will be ideal thickness after about 5 minutes. I may have added a little extra cream at this step, just for the fun of it. The recipe called for whipping cream, but I went on the light side.
- Add your freshly grated Romano cheese and green onions (shallots) to the mixture and stir until the cheese melts and everything blends and thickens.
- Also, for some added flavor, add the juices that have gathered on your chicken plate. Season all of this with a little pepper.
- Once your pasta has finished cooking, transfer it to your heated large serving bowl. Add your remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and mix around until the butter fully melts.
- Place your chicken on top of the pasta and finally pour your sauce mixture over both the chicken and pasta.
- Serve immediately with freshly grated Romano cheese on the side.