Creamy Chicken & Pepper Pasta with Capers & Parmesan

Creamy Chicken & Pepper Pasta

with Capers & Parmesan

35 MIN
4 Servings
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    In this vibrant pasta dish, we’re bringing together seared chicken and sweet peppers with a rich, creamy sauce, which gets deliciously varied flavors and textures from Calabrian chile paste, roasted red peppers, and briny capers.
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    Creamy Chicken & Pepper Pasta with Capers & Parmesan
    Title
    • 1⅛ lbs Chopped Chicken Breast
    • 1 8-Oz Can Tomato Sauce
    • ¾ lb Elicoidali Pasta
    • ½ lb Sweet Peppers
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 2 oz Sliced Roasted Red Peppers
    • 1 Tbsp Capers
    • 1½ tsps Calabrian Chile Paste
    • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 2 Tbsps Butter
    • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
    • ½ cup Cream
    • 1 Sweet Or Yellow Onion
    Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce
    1 Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce

    Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the sweet peppers; cut off and discard the stems. Remove the cores, then thinly slice  into rings. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Roughly chop the roasted peppers. In a bowl, combine the diced onion, chopped garlic, chopped roasted peppers, and capers. In a separate, medium bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce, 1/2 cup of water, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. 

    Cook the chicken & peppers
    2 Cook the chicken & peppers

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In a large, high-sided pan (or pot), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the sliced sweet peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the peppers are softened and the chicken is browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to  a plate. 

    Finish the sauce
    3 Finish the sauce

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat the butter on medium-high until melted. Add the prepared onion mixture; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Add the tomato paste; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently,  1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened. Slowly whisk in the cream. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

    Cook the pasta
    4 Cook the pasta

    Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until  al dente (still slightly firm  to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot. 

    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked chicken  and peppers, finished sauce, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on  medium-high, stirring  constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the cheese. Enjoy!

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    Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce
    1 Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce

    Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the sweet peppers; cut off and discard the stems. Remove the cores, then thinly slice  into rings. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Roughly chop the roasted peppers. In a bowl, combine the diced onion, chopped garlic, chopped roasted peppers, and capers. In a separate, medium bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce, 1/2 cup of water, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. 

    2 Cook the chicken & peppers

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In a large, high-sided pan (or pot), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the sliced sweet peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the peppers are softened and the chicken is browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to  a plate. 

    Cook the chicken & peppers
    Finish the sauce
    3 Finish the sauce

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat the butter on medium-high until melted. Add the prepared onion mixture; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Add the tomato paste; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently,  1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened. Slowly whisk in the cream. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

    4 Cook the pasta

    Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until  al dente (still slightly firm  to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot. 

    Cook the pasta
    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked chicken  and peppers, finished sauce, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on  medium-high, stirring  constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the cheese. Enjoy!

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