Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Alfredo & Blackened Chicken

Two different recipes from All recipes made for a really yummy dinner at the Yankovich house! First I took an alfredo sauce from a recipe called Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo submitted by starburst11 & just made the sauce.

1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
3 cups milk
1 cup half-and-half
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 ounces shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

Melt 4 tablespoons butter in the skillet. Saute onion, 2 tablespoons garlic and mushrooms until onions are transparent. Stir in flour, salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes. Slowly add milk and half-and-half, stirring until smooth and creamy. Stir in Parmesan and Colby-Monterey Jack cheeses; stir until cheese is melted.

This was A LOT of sauce, so you might want to cut down. Oh wait, I just noticed I was making sauce for 8! No wonder it was so much! hahahaha...

Blackened Chicken was a recipe submitted to all recipes by Karena (this is for 2)

1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes until it is smoking hot.
Mix together the paprika, salt, cayenne, cumin, thyme, white pepper, and onion powder. Oil the chicken breasts with cooking spray on both sides, then coat the chicken breasts evenly with the spice mixture.
Place the chicken in the hot pan, and cook for 1 minute. Turn, and cook 1 minute on other side. Place the breasts on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes.

Mine took more like 25 or 30 minutes in the oven. Also, I don't have a cast iron skillet so I just used my normal skillet & it worked fine.

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