Pasta with Chicken and Pepper-Cheese Sauce

Three kinds of ground pepper commonly used in Cajun cooking--red, white, and black--multiply the hotness by three in this zippy cream sauce.

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Yields: 4 (main-dish) servings
  • Start to Finish: 30 mins
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Pasta with Chicken and Pepper-Cheese Sauce
Ingredients
8
ounces packaged dried spaghetti or fettuccine
1
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper
1/8
teaspoon ground white pepper
1/8
teaspoon ground black pepper
2
medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 8 ounces total), cut into 1-inch pieces
1
tablespoon cooking oil
1
medium red or green sweet pepper, chopped (1 cup)
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
tablespoon chopped, seeded jalapeno pepper
2
2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4
cup chicken broth
1/2
cup milk
1
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1
cup shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
1/4
cup dairy sour cream
1
jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
Directions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; keep warm.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine 1 tablespoon flour, salt, red pepper, white pepper, and black pepper. Toss flour mixture with chicken to coat. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet heat the cooking oil over medium-high heat. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Add red sweet or green pepper, onion, chopped jalapeno pepper, and garlic; cook and stir until the vegetables are tender. Remove vegetables with a slotted spoon; set aside.
  4. Add chicken to the skillet. Cook and stir for 4 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove chicken from skillet.
  5. Stir 2 tablespoons flour into drippings in skillet. Add chicken broth, milk, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add the Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Stir 1 cup of the hot mixture into the sour cream; return all of the sour cream mixture to skillet. Stir in chicken and vegetables. Cook until heated through. Do not boil.
  6. Arrange pasta on individual plates or a large platter. Spoon the chicken mixture over pasta. If desired, garnish with jalapeno pepper slices. Makes 4 main-dish servings.
Nutrition Facts (Pasta with Chicken and Pepper-Cheese Sauce)
    Per serving:
  • 512 kcal cal.,
  • 19 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 64 mg chol.,
  • 660 mg sodium,
  • 56 g carb.,
  • 29 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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