Chicken and Pasta with a Creamy Vodka Sauce

Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

This is a recipe that we made at a restaurant I worked at on the south side of the windy city (Chicago). It’s quick and easy to make and is packed with a lot of good flavor.

The ingredients are simple, and the preparation is a breeze. Serve it with a good side salad and some crusty French bread to soak up all that yummy sauce.

As a matter of fact, if you can’t find mascarpone, you can substitute cream cheese, which might not taste all that bad.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
Serves:
2
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

6 oz
dry penne pasta
2 medium
chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 cubes, about 1 pound
1 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
1 Tbsp
sweet butter, unsalted
4 medium
green onions, chopped, just the white parts
1/2 medium
green bell pepper, small dice
2 clove
garlic, minced
2 oz
vodka
20 oz
tomato sauce, homemade, if possible
1 tsp
salt, kosher variety
1 tsp
black pepper, freshly ground
4 oz
mascarpone cheese
1/4 c
whipping cream
chopped fresh parsley, for topping
parmesan cheese, for topping

Step-By-Step

1Gather your ingredients.
2Add 3 quarts of water to a large pot, add a bit of oil, and bring to the boil.
3Cook your pasta according to the package directions.
4Drain the pasta, and reserve.
5Place a sauté pan over medium heat, and add the oil and butter.
6After the foaming subsides, add the chicken.
7Sauté the chicken, stirring constantly, for about 2 to 4 minutes.
8Add the garlic, onions, and green bell pepper, and continue to stir and sauté for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
9Deglaze the pan with the vodka, and allow the liquid to reduce slightly, about 2 minutes.
10Chef’s Note: Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan (called fonds).
11Add the tomato sauce to the pan, and cook for an additional 10 to 12 minutes.
12Chef’s Note: I have never made this recipe with canned tomato sauce. I always use homemade. I recently posted a tomato sauce recipe: Basic Italian Starter Sauce. However, use whatever sauce you have.
13As the sauce is simmering, season with salt and pepper… a bit at a time. Season and taste, season and taste; that’s the way to go.
14Add the mascarpone and the cream.
15Stir until they are incorporated into the sauce.
16Simmer for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
17Chef’s Tip: Do not allow the mixture to come to a boil.
18Add some of the pasta to a plate.
19Add the chicken with the vodka sauce to the top, and top with Parmesan and parsley. Enjoy.
20Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #sauce, #vodka, #chicken, #pasta