The alcohol in the tequila cooks off, but the flavour remains, adding a nice depth to this simple sauce.
You might be interested to know this is my own creation. Because of that, I did some research as to what a serving of pasta actually is. Answers were all over the map from as little as 60 grams all the way up to 113 grams of dried pasta. I guess the correct answer to what is a serving is “how hungry are you?”
Because of package sizing, I allow 125 grams per person. If it is just the two of us for dinner, I know there will be enough leftovers for tomorrows lunch. If I am cooking for a crowd, this guarantees I will not run short of the main course. My grandmother was not Italian, but she would have died of embarrassment if guests were ever able to reach the bottom of a serving bowl. I learned from the best.
So, this will serve 2 people, with enough left over for someones lunch the next day.
Ready in 45 minutes or less.
One-Pot Chicken Penne
in Tequila Tomato Sauce
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 6 oz chicken breast, cut into 1″ cubes
salt and pepper
2 Tablespoons tequila reposada (the gold stuff)
250 grams penne
3 cups water
14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon butter
chopped parsley, for garnish
Parmesan cheese for serving
Lightly season the cubes of chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat canola oil over medium-high heat in large deep sided pan and add onion, and cook until onion becomes translucent and begins to brown. Add garlic and cut chicken breast. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink. About 3 minutes. Chicken may not be completely cooked thru at this point. Transfer contents of pan into bowl and set aside.
Add tequila to pan and stir to pick up any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Tequila will reduce by about half after about 30 seconds.
Add 3 cups of water to tequila in the pan, then add your pasta. Stir. Increase heat to high, cover and bring to boil. Watch carefully. You don’t want this to boil over.
Once boiling remove the lid and stir frequently to be sure pasta cooks evenly and to prevent sticking.
At the 8 minute mark, when the pasta is about halfway cooked thru, add the diced tomatoes and their juices along with the chicken breast & onions. Continue to cook, stirring often until pasta is cooked thru.
Stir in the butter, taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Sprinkle parsley over top and serve with parmesean cheese on the side.