POULET A LA CREMÈ
Inspired by my French dad's signature recipe, this pasta is simplicity at its finest. Creamy and rich enough to be a billionaire, the full flavor of the crème fraiche is on display here.
Ingredients + Preparation
- Pasta (To serve four)
- Chicken breast (Two, sliced into strips)
- Mushrooms: Button, brown or portobello (1 cup, finely sliced)
- White wine (1/2 cup)
- Crème fraiche (One container, typically 275ml worth)
- Olive oil (1 tbsp)
- Salt & pepper (To taste)
1. Boil water and cook pasta until al dente.
2. While pasta is cooking, on medium-high heat, cook the chicken in oil until each side is slightly golden, about 5 minutes. While cooking season chicken with salt & pepper.
3. Add in sliced mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes.
4. Add white wine and cook for a final 2 minutes, then reduce heat to low and allow pan to cool slightly.
5. Add the crème fraiche and stir until creme has liquified, about 3 minutes.
6. Pour cooked pasta into the cream sauce and mix until pasta is fully coated in the sauce.
7. Serve garnished with fresh herbs and grated parmesan.
Napa Valley, California
Go for a full bodied white wine to stand up to the richness of the dish. Chardonnay with a good acid backbone will go a long way with how rich this dish is. Up to you if you want something oaked, but suggest finding a wine somewhere in the middle. White Burgundy is a no brainer, but something from the Napa Valley should do the trick!
Tips + Tricks
- The caramelized meat (from Maillard reaction) adds a lot of flavor to this dish. Make sure your chicken has enough personal space in the pan for it to sear properly.
- I add a decent amount of salt and pepper to this recipe to build out the flavor of the sauce, so taste often (especially after you've added the creme)
- Make sure you have a baguette handy to mop up the sauce at the end!
Chicken provides a good source of protein, and the mushrooms offer a decent serve of vitamins and minerals. Although it won't be as creamy, you can use low-fat cream to reduce the saturated fat content. Serve with a high fiber vegetable like broccoli or a salad, as high fiber foods are good to lessen the impact of foods high in saturated fat. This is definitely a cheat meal and should be enjoyed only every so often!