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5 from 3 votes

Chicken Scallopini with Parmesan Noodles

This delicious dish is elegant enough to serve to guests but is ready to serve in 30 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 305kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 pounds thin-sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning (like Lawry's), or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry or dry white wine (like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth, prepared with chicken base if available
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 fresh chives, chopped
  • thin spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
  • olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • If chicken pieces are large, cut them into smaller serving-size pieces.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat.  Add as many pieces of chicken as can comfortably fit in the skillet without overcrowding. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown and no longer pink inside, seasoning each side of the chicken with all-purpose seasoning and pepper to taste as it cooks. Transfer chicken to a platter or large rimmed serving dish and cover with foil to keep warm.  Repeat with remaining butter, oil, chicken and seasoning.
  • Mix cornstarch with water in small bowl and set aside.  
  • Add garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring for just a minute or two until softened and fragrant, being careful not to burn. Add the dry sherry or white wine to the skillet.  Using a whisk, scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet and let the sherry simmer for a minute or two. Add the broth, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice and whisk again to combine. Allow the sauce to simmer for several minutes to reduce slightly. Add the cream and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add cornstarch/water slurry to skillet and stir until slightly thickened.  Add chicken back to pan, spooning sauce over chicken and sprinkle with chives.
  • Toss prepared pasta with a little olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Serve chicken over prepared pasta with sauce drizzled over the top.
  • Note about scaling down:  If you scale this down and use less chicken, I would not recommend scaling down the sauce ingredients.  A little extra sauce is never a bad thing.

Notes

  • Make sure to keep the chicken warm as you make the sauce and boil the noodles. Place the chicken on a warm plate and cover with foil, you can also place the plate in a low, warm oven but it's not essential.
  • When you add the cornstarch to the sauce it'll thicken quickly so make sure to stir the sauce constantly to avoid any lumps forming.
  • Most noodles with work as a side to this dish but long shapes will work best.
  • You can also skip the noodles if you prefer and serve the chicken scallopini with veggies or salad.
  • Don't skip the fresh chives. They add to the flavor but also add a nice brightness to the dish that makes for a very nice presentation.
  • If you're downsizing this meal to serve fewer people simply cut down the chicken portion sizes but do not scale down the sauce.
  • Leftovers will store well in the fridge in a suitable container for around 2 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 632mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.7mg