Friday, 30 January 2009

Brocoli and Butternut Squash Fettuccini and Lemon Chicken

Recipe Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Bitternut Squash (cut very thin slices)
  • 1 broccoli branch (cut very thin slices)
  • 3 chicken thigh
  • zest strands of half a lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic clove (minced)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • some olive oil
  • 1 tea spoon of flour diluted in a little water
  • 300grs fresh fettuccine
  • 1 glass of white wine

Ok here it goes. Put a pan on the stove with a glug of olive oil, when hot place inside the thinly sliced butternut squash and 1 minced garlic, the idea is that the butternut squash cooks and gets really soft so that you can puree it, while this happens as it will take a good 5-7 minutes on another pan put boiling water and a little salt and put the broccoli into small bits inside, you want these well cooked nearly breaking apart so that it blends later with the butternut squash (but if you don't like them mushy, just don't cook them too well).

Back to the butternut squash, as it cook gently break it with a wooden spoon, and as it starts getting dry ad bits of the wine bit by bit and keep breaking up the BN squash, once all the wine is in add a little water and use the hand blender to blitz it into a creamy sauce, add to this sauce your cooked broccoli and season it with a little salt and pepper to taste, turn the fire down and let it simmer gently for about 3 minutes.

The fresh fettuccine only takes about 5 minutes to cook, so just boil as normal for that time with a little salt, and drain it, drizzle a little olive oil and toss it so that it doesn't stick together and serve it with the BN squash and broccoli sauce on top (optional you can ad shavings of rich dried cheese or Parmesan)

As to the chicken, remove the skin and the bones cut them into small (ish) portions, on a pan put a glug of olive oil, once hot add the chicken the remaining garlic and the lemon zest strands, cook on a high temperature and turn the chicken constantly to seal, once sealed add some seasoning (salt and pepper) and let it cook until the chicken is cooked through. the process is quick as chicken pieces are small and are de-boned and skinless about 3-5 minutes, at this stage add the whole juice of the lemon and a little plain flour diluted in a little water, this will thicken up the lemon sauce making it delicious, simmer for another 2 minutes and it's done...Cheap too.

Now remember to control the times so that everything sorta comes out at the same time. Bon Appetit.


Alexandra Moura said...

I like it ,especially the lemon chicken,bjs e bom fim de semana Alexis..

Ricardo said...

Brigada Alex, depois logo ficas com a receita assim que eu escreve-la...só que estava um pouco cansado..assim crio suspense lol :)


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