Santa Fe Chicken Pasta (Copycat)

Recipe by ptal06
READY IN: 45mins




  • Cook your chicken first.
  • To blacken, lightly sprinkle blackening seasoning on both sides of the chicken.
  • Heat a stainless steel pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken completely - turning only once.
  • Hint: You may want to do this on your grill outside because a lot of smoke can be generated.
  • Slice the chicken into the thin long strips.
  • Set the chicken aside while you prepare the sauce and noodles.
  • In a large pot, start heat your water to a boil in preparation for the pasta.
  • In a large stainless saucepan, melt your butter over medium heat.
  • While the butter is melting, finely mince the garlic and then add to the pan.
  • Cook the garlic for two minutes and then add all of the cream.
  • Stir occasionally while it reduces by half.
  • Hint: If your garlic turns brown then the pan was too hot - start over, it will be worth it.
  • While the cream is starting to reduce, prepare your other ingredients by finely mincing the green onions, cilantro, tomatoes & roasted red peppers - but keep the tomatoes separate.
  • Stir in the cilantro, green onion & roasted red peppers while it's reducing.
  • Your cream should be simmering now as it reduces - this process will normally take more than 20 minutes - stir occasionally and keep a watch out for it boiling over.
  • Boil the pasta, which should take at least 12 minutes.
  • Clean the snow peas and add them to the cream - if they simmer in the cream for at least 10 minutes they are perfect - cooked through and hot, but still a bit crisp.
  • When the pasta is done, the cream should be reduced by half now. The cream's texture should not be thick like Alfredo sauce, but not runny like water.
  • Drain the pasta well! Penne pasta is a pain because it holds so much water, but too much left over water will thin out the sauce you worked so hard for.
  • Put the noodles back in its pot and pour your cream over the noodles.
  • Add the chicken and stir everything together well.
  • Serve immediately as this dish is not good as leftovers or once the cream cools.
  • Spoon out an appropriate amount onto a plate and then sprinkle some diced tomatoes on top - you can also use some left over cilantro sprig as garnish if you like.
  • I usually serve this with warm Italian bread with soft butter on the side.