Monday, January 9, 2012
Rigatoni with Chicken, Bacon, and Mushrooms
Growing up my favorite drink was apple juice. My mom always tells the story of me standing in my crib and screaming "APPPPLLLEEEE 'DUCE'" on the top of my lungs. She would bring me a bottle of water, you know so my teeth didn't rot from drinking apple juice all night, and without fail I'd take a sip, realize it was water, and throw it at the door screaming for my apple "duce". To this day I still have a thing for apple juice. Now I have learned to control myself and I don't scream for it at night, assaulting John when he tries to slip me water, but I still drink a couple glasses a week. Preferably with pretzels. Something about that combo... but anyway, I digress.
When I saw this recipe had pasta AND apple juice, I was sold. Most might cringe at the combo but I was intrigued and knew I needed to try it. Needless to say this was a total winner in our house. I don't know if I really tasted the apple juice, but it did add a nice hint of sweetness to the dish. I will definitely be making this again!
Source: Slightly adapted from Cassie Craves
1 pound rigatoni
4 slices bacon
Salt and pepper
1 pound boneless chicken, diced into pieces
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
8 oz sliced white mushrooms
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup apple juice
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
15 fresh basil leaves, sliced
1/4 cup heavy cream
1- Cook rigatoni according to packaging directions. Keep warm and set aside.
2- Meanwhile, season the chicken with garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Set aside.
3- Cook the bacon in a large skillet. Once cooked, remove the bacon, reserving the grease in the skillet.
4- Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until cooked through. Remove chicken, leaving any bacon grease remaining in the pan.
5- Add the olive oil and heat. Add the onion and mushrooms, cooking until cooked through. Add the chicken stock and apple juice, turning up the heat, until the mixture boils. Let cook 2 minutes.
6- Add tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and half of the basil. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium and allow the mixture to thicken, about 15 minutes.
7- Stir in the cream, bacon, and remaining basil. Add the chicken to the skillet, stirring.
8- Pour the sauce over the pasta, serve hot.