Pasta with Chicken and Light Gorgonzola Sauce

AKA "Chicken a la Jennifer"

Here's a modified version of a recipe from Bon Appetit that I've improved upon. The original recipe called for a very small amount of chicken and a massive amount of gorgonzola.

1 slice pancetta, approx. 1/4" thick, or 5-6 slices of prosciutto, cut into thin strips

1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (NOT packed in oil), sliced into thin strips

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves

1 pound pasta

1 shallot, chopped finely
4 garlic cloves, chopped finely

1/2 cup chicken stock or white wine

1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (about 2 ounces)

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, or other fresh herbs

  1. Cook pasta while sauteeing the chicken and making the sauce. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid if pasta is done before the sauce has been completed.

  2. Slice prosciutto or pancetta in thin strips. Add to skillet over medium-high heat with a tiny drizzle of olive oil. Saute until crispy. Remove and drain on paper towels.

  3. Salt and pepper the chicken breasts, then saute in olive oil, about 3 minutes per side, 4 minutes if very thick. Remove and cover with foil.

  4. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan, add the shallot, garlic and sun dried tomato slices. Saute for 2 min.

  5. Add the stock or wine and bring to a boil. Add 1/4 cup gorgonzola and simmer until it melts.

  6. Turn heat to lowest setting. Slice the chicken pieces and add them to sauce along with any juices that escaped from the sliced chicken. Add basil or other herbs.

  7. If pasta is a little dry, add some reserved cooking liquid first. Add sauce to pasta. Top with prosciutto / pancetta and grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Season with S&P to taste.

Game plan:

  1. Start pasta water

  2. Prep tomatoes, shallot, garlic.

  3. Prep prosciutto or pancetta, and saute.

  4. Begin cooking pasta

  5. Saute chickens and remove.

  6. Saute other items and complete sauce.

  7. At some point while chicken or other items are cooking, pasta will be done. Reserve some cooking water and drain.

  8. Combine all.

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