Creamy Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

March 2, 2023
Created by Chef Jackie Dodart
Serves 6
  • 1 lbs fresh asparagus spears
  • 1 lbs chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 3 Tbs shallot finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 dried hot chili pepper or chili flakes to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh tarragon chopped (or 1/2 tsp dried)
  • 1/4 lbs gorganzola
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp nutmeg freshly grated
  • 3/4 lbs fettuccini or linguini

Peel asparagus stalks and slice diagonally into 2” pieces. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add asparagus. Cook for about 3 minutes or until bright green and crisp-tender. Using a slotted spoon, remove and shock in a bowl of ice water. Drain and set aside. Cut chicken into small bite-size pieces, about 1½ inches long and season with salt and pepper. Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add butter and melt. Add chicken pieces to pan and cook for 5-7 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked through and no longer pink in the center (internal temperature of 165°). Add shallots and stir to combine.

Add heavy cream and reduce heat to simmer. Add in drained asparagus and dried chili or chili flakes to taste. Stir in tarragon, gorgonzola and parmesan cheeses until well combined. Grate nutmeg over dish. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.

Return pot of water to a boil and add pasta, cooking according to package directions or until al dente. Drain and add directly to pan with sauce and toss to coat. Serve immediately.