Chicken tequila

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by Mongol

This is one of my signature dishes. The was a time when I couldn't visit my parents without being asked to make this!

Ingredients[edit]

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For 6 servings, you will need:

  • 1 pound pasta (Personal Favorites: Cavatappi, Farfalle, Penne, Rotini)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock (homemade, if you've got it)
  • 1/4 cup tequila (nothing too fancy, I usually use an unaged silver tequila, or "tequila plata", but you can use whatever tequila you have lying around)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (freshly squeezed is best, but I've been known you get my juice from a bottle from time to time)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/4 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 8-12 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Romano cheese

Usually, I will double the recipe because this stuff is even better the next day.

Procedure[edit]

  • Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain and set aside.

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  • Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and saute until soft.

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  • Pour in chicken stock, tequila, and lime juice. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the mixture is reduced to a paste, about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure it is not sticking. The 15 minutes that the sauce cooks is not a strict time requirement. I usually just cook the sauce until I'm ready to incorporate it into the rest of the dish. This is sometimes more and sometimes less than the 15 minutes.

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  • While the sauce is cooking, place the chicken in a bowl, and pour soy sauce over it.

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  • Melt remaining butter in a skillet, and saute the onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and mushrooms until soft. Remove vegetables, and set aside.

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  • Add oil to the skillet, and cook the chicken over medium-high heat until lightly browned.

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  • Pour in the sauce and heavy cream, and add the vegetables. Bring to a boil, and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.

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  • Remove from heat, and stir in Romano cheese and cilantro.

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  • Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Serve immediately over cooked pasta. Enjoy.

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