Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Jerk Chicken Pasta

My daughter loves Jerk Chicken Pasta {especially from Bahama Breeze} and told me numerous times that she wished I knew how to make it. Here's what I came up with. She loved it and thought it was pretty close to the real thing.

You'll need these ingredients:

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts - cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  •  12 stalks asparagus-cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons parsley
  • sprinkle of crushed red pepper
  • splash of lime juice 
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 box bow tie pasta

The directions:

1.  Melt butter in skillet over medium/low heat and add garlic. 
2.  When garlic becomes fragrant add cayenne pepper (sauce) and chicken.
3.  Cook until chicken is cooked to preferred tenderness. Remove chicken from pan, leaving the butter/garlic/cayenne mix. 
4.  Steam asparagus for 5-10 minutes. 
5.  In a separate pot, cook pasta according to the package directions. Set aside. 
6.  In a cup stir together half-and-half, chicken broth, corn starch and a splash of lime juice. Pour mixture into the skillet the chicken was cooked in
7.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, then simmer for 3 minutes, constantly stirring. 
8.  Stir in the parsley, herbs, and asparagus for 3-5 minutes to heat through and allow flavors to blend. 
9.  Add chicken to heat through. 
10.  Add pasta and stir to heat through. 

Recipe adapted from

** I recently made this recipe again and tweaked it a bit...instead of boiling the asparagus, I drizzled it with lemon extra virgin olive oil and roasted it for about 20 min. in a 450 degree oven. I liked it even more!