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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Chicken Scampi - A Recipe


 
After a fun date night and a good meal a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to somehow recreate the pasta I dined on that night... at a fraction of the expense! Thus, chicken scampi in our own kitchen. I love pasta dishes of pretty much every type, but don't always want the thick, heavy cream and sauces that go hand-in-hand with some dishes. This is flavorful but relatively light, and even Jaden is requesting it again! You could also substitute shrimp for the chicken if you prefer.
 
Ingredients:
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup dry white wine... add a little more if you like a rich white wine flavor like I do!
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2 inch-long strips
1/3 cup fresh parsley
1 1/2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Cooked pasta of your choosing for serving

To Prepare:
Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.  Add the wine, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.  Simmer until the wine has reduced by half, approximately 3-5 minutes.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Add the chicken to the sauce in the skillet and cook for 5 minutes, or until no longer pink inside and until the juices run clear when pricked with a fork.  Stir in the parsley and lemon juice.  Serve over pasta.


I see this as a go-to meal this summer on the deck, accompanied by a summer night's breeze and a glass of wine!