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Recipes: Creamy Chicken Linguine

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Linguine is a form of pasta – like fettucine and trenette, only elliptical in section rather than flat. It is wider than spaghetti, but not as wide as fettucine.

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Linguine means little tongues in Italian, where it is a plural of the feminine linguina. A thinner version of linguine is called linguettine.

Linguine originated in Genoa and the Liguria region of Italy. It is typically available in both white flour and whole-wheat versions, with the latter usually being made in Italy. Linguine are often served with seafood or pesto, while spaghetti traditionally accompanies meat and tomato dishes.

However, today’s recipe is for a creamy chicken linguine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (16 ounce) package linguini pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon, crumbled
  • ½ cup water
  • 1¼ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 green onions, sliced diagonally into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. In a large saute pan, heat oil, butter and garlic over medium heat.
  2. Add chicken and cook until juices run clear.
  3. Remove chicken from pan let cool and slice diagonally into long strips. Reserve oil in pan.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain.
  5. Reheat oil in pan, add onion and saute, stirring often, until onion is soft but still white.
  6. Add bouillon cube and water; bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for approximately 10 minutes.
  7. Stir in cream, milk, green onions and Parmesan cheese.
  8. Place pasta in a bowl, layer chicken slices in a decorative pattern over pasta, pour sauce over top of chicken and around pasta.
  9. Garnish with parsley or any herbs you desire. Serve immediately.
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