Creamy Chicken Alfredo with Mushrooms, Asparagus

Chickening is good for you... For some reason I've had a hankering for a saucy chicken dish...

Chickening is good for you...

For some reason I've had a hankering for a saucy chicken dish for a while now, maybe 'cause the weather has changed around these parts. This is what I whipped up last night. Yup, our 'fall' has kicked in, that is when you turn off your A/C at nighttime and wake up in the morning hoping to find a comfy warming pair of sweats to pull on until it's time to turn the A/C back on mid-day. It is also a time when switching from sweating hot to chilled to the bone cold and back around again can cause the minor cold/flu/allergy and that 'oh I wish my mom was here to make me feel better' symptom.  Something chickening is definitely in order.

This is also easy on the tummy, that is, not my typical spicy warm-to-my-toes fiery hot chili or even my normal version of alfredo as I did not make this with heavy cream but opted instead on a somewhat lighter milk blend (feel free to use reduce or fat-free, it's just not in my fridge).

Enjoy!

Creamy Chicken Alfredo
with mushrooms and asparagus
4 servings

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 -8 ounce package sliced button mushrooms
1 medium white onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup Marsala, dry sherry or white wine
2 boneless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
1 bunch fresh young asparagus tips, blanched or steamed, (or 1 -9 oz package frozen asparagus cuts separated yet kept frozen)
4 servings cooked egg noodles, pasta or rice

Alfredo Sauce:
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon
2 garlic toes, minced
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup half-n-half cream
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of nutmeg
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, add the olive oil and swirl pan to coat the bottom. Toss in the mushrooms, onions, thyme and pepper. Let cook undisturbed until browning starts to appear and then stir in the Marsala. Add the chicken and allow to come to a boil; reduce heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring often until chicken turns to a lighter color (white) on the outside yet still pink on the inside. Cover with lid, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Scatter asparagus on top of chicken mixture, add cover and remove from heat.

In a medium saucepan, make the sauce by melting the butter on medium heat and whisking in the flour and chicken bouillon; stir a couple of minutes to blend and cook out the raw flour taste.  Whisk in the next 5 ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low and simmer a few more minutes until sauce has thickened.  Stir in the cheese and remove from heat.

In a bowl, combine about 1/3 of the Alfredo sauce with the pasta.

Plate or arrange on serving platter the cooked pasta,  the chicken mixture using a slotted spoon followed with ladling the remaining sauce over the top. Garnish with more Parmesan or chopped parsley.

Note: Be sure to save the liquid from the cooked chicken mixture, it will make a fantastic starter for your next meal ~ think seasoned chicken stock.

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  1. I love your chicken hankerings! I just about sprained my mouse finger trying to click quickly to get over here. It looks out-of-this-world delicious!

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  2. This sounds perfect, whether you have an autumn cold or not. I love creamy chicken dishes like this. I am enjoying this "fall" in Florida. I cannot believe it's almost November and still in the 80s!

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  3. this would be one for the family that will wow them, it has everything in it they all love!

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  4. This looks totally amazing! I'm bookmarking it now! Thanks :)

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  5. This is super comforting and I know just what you mean about getting that urge for a saucy and satisfying dish, This is just the ticket!!

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  6. Delicious any time of year.

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  7. I'm just passing by and thought id say hello. We will be receiving some snow this weekend in Pennsylvania, and the leaves are just about at their peek colors. I hope everyone has a very nice weekend. Richard from Amish Stories.

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  8. I'm a sucker for creamy sauces. Doesn't matter if the AC is on or not, I'll gladly eat this right up!

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  9. It's getting to be that time of year here in DC, too. And anything with a cream sauce is high on my list!

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  10. Love the Alfredo Drick. And mushrooms well that just pushes the whole Chicken Alfredo meal over the top for me!

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