This recipe is very delicious. Not a light recipe but a sure motivator for eating healthy earlier and having a post dinner walk. My fiancé loves this dinner for date night at home. I serve it with whole grain pasta and a salad of mixed baby lettuce, grumbled blue, carrots, red onion, 2 sliced strawberries and a few tart cherries. The recipe calls for traditional egg wide noodles. I use whole grain noodles. This substitution makes the dish more complex, hearty and healthy. Plus, you won't feel so bad about all the cream. Yummy! The sauce does take a while to cook down so plan accordingly. Use the cream and keep yourself from adding any sour cream. The Brandy adds a lot of flavor. If you are concerned about the alcohol content it is ignited and burns off. If omitting the Brandy find a good flavor substitution as it really adds to the dish. Serves 2. Use two boneless pounded breasts. I suggest making extra sauce.
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- 1 pound skinned and boned chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 pound Shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
- 2 shallots, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 cup Cognac
- 1 (16-oz.) package wide egg noodles
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Sprinkle chicken with 1 tsp. salt and 1⁄2 tsp. pepper. Cook in hot oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, stirring often, 7 minutes or until done. Remove from pan.
- Melt butter in pan. Add mushrooms and shallots, and sauté 5 minutes or until mushrooms release their liquid and begin to soften. Stir in thyme and dry mustard. Cook 1 minute.
- Remove pan from heat; stir in cognac, and carefully ignite the fumes just above mixture with a long match or long multipurpose lighter. Let flames die down.
- Prepare pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, return pan to heat; cook over medium heat, stirring often, until liquid is reduced to about 1 Tbsp. Stir in broth, and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until reduced by half. Reduce heat to low, and stir in cream and Dijon mustard. Cook, stirring often, 10 minutes or until reduced by half. Return chicken to pan. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with remaining 1⁄2 tsp. salt and 1⁄2 tsp. pepper. Pour chicken-and-sauce mixture over hot cooked pasta, and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
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