Sunday, April 30, 2017

Chicken Caesar Angel Hair Pasta

Every morning during the week after I've gotten my kiddo on the bus I have my cup of coffee and watch some of the today show. On Friday the cooking segment was this Chicken Caesar Angel Hair Pasta recipe. While not at all figure friendly, it looked absolutely amazing and I new I had to try it at home. Today being the day. A cold and rainy Sunday calls for a hot comforting pasta dish. It was a hit with my family!
Chicken Caesar Angel Hair Pasta
Slightly Adapted from The Today Show
Serves 6
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup bacon, chopped and divided
3 tablespoons bacon fat, reserved
1/2 onion, roughly minced (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup cream
1 cup creamy Caesar dressing
16 ounces angel hair pasta
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped, divided
1 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated, plus more for serving
1 package store bought croutons, crushed 

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Mix granulated garlic, minced garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl then use the mixture to coat chicken.
Cook chicken until golden brown and cooked through about 5-6 minutes. Set aside and wipe skillet clean.
Return skillet to burner over medium-high heat. Add bacon and fry until crispy, about 5-6 minutes. Drain bacon pieces on a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve about three tablespoons of bacon fat in skillet.

Add onion and thyme and sauté for 3 minutes (cook until translucent, not caramelized).

Pour in chicken stock to deglaze pan, add cream, bring to a boil and reduce by half (about 3 minutes). Stir in Caesar dressing and bring mixture to a slight simmer.

Cook pasta according to package instructions (slightly undercook because it will continue to cook in the sauce). Strain the pasta while reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.

Turn off sauce, add lemon juice, 2/3 parsley, cooked chicken and 2/3 cooked bacon, stir to combine.

Add pasta to mixture and stir to combine.

Add Parmesan and pasta water on top of your pasta, don't mix. Cover with a lid and let sit for 2 minutes, then stir again to combine all cheese.
Garnish with remaining parsley, bacon and crushed croutons. Enjoy!


  1. This looks really good! Will have to make it this week. Thanks!

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