Saturday, September 12, 2015


yields 4 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb chicken breast, sliced
salt and pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (use less if bottled juice)
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
2/3 cups heavy cream
2/3 cups milk
1/2 cup mozzarella or parmesan cheese, grated
8 oz spaghetti pasta
reserved cooked pasta water
1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped
7 strips of bacon, cooked, drained of fat, and chopped

Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-hot heat. Generously season sliced chicken with salt and pepper, add to the hot skillet and cook for about 5 minutes until done. Remove sliced chicken from the skillet.

To the same skillet, add minced garlic, lime juice and chicken broth. Cook for 1-2 minutes on high heat, deglazing and scraping the skillet until the liquid is reduced and making sure garlic does not burn and brown too much. Mix in chopped cilantro.

Add heavy cream and milk. Bring to boil, the immediately add cheese and mix in until melted, while boiling. Then, remove from heat.

Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain, reserving some cooked pasta water.

Add pasta to the sauce, along with the half of the chicken and half of chopped bacon. Mix everything in and season pasta with more salt, if needed.

Top with the remaining half of the chicken, the remaining half of chopped bacon, and more chopped cilantro. 

bacon recipe source: Julia's Album (@JuliasAlbum), August 25, 2015

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