Featured Foraged Recipe
Hen and Chicken Alfredo
These days, I generally prefer dark poultry meat, but in this dish I use white because I was focused on having the mushroom flavor come through but making it hearty enough for my boyfriend. This would a great vegetarian dish as well, if you want to omit the chicken.
When you add the pasta, focus on a good balance of sauce to noodles, adding it in incrementally until you have the right sauce level. Slightly under-cooking the noodles, and then finishing them in the sauce, allows the noodle to absorb the flavor (a trick of Italian cooks).
1-2 bone in chicken breasts with skin
1 lb linguine or fettuccini, preferably fresh (cooked al dente)
Loosely packed 2 cups of chopped Hen of the Woods
1 medium onion
1 clove garlic
1 to 2 cups spinach
¾ c. heavy cream
¼ to ½ c. vegetable or chicken broth
Red pepper flakes
Lightly season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil. Sear the chicken in a large sauté pan until skin is browned. Remove breasts from pan and place on baking sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven until cooked through.
Add onion and garlic to sauté pan, scraping up brown bits from chicken (aka pure deliciousness). Saute about five minutes until onions soften. Add mushrooms. Saute about 10 minutes until the mushrooms release their juices and soften.
Add heavy cream, broth and red pepper flakes. Let simmer until sauce thickens, about 10 more minutes.
Remove chicken skin and dice the meat. Add any drippings from the baking sheet to the sauce. Add chicken, pasta and spinach to the sauce. Stir until spinach is wilted and sauce clings to pasta.
Serve topped with grated parmesan cheese.
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