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Chicken as Noodles

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Posted by johngl

I had a need for flat chicken. Chicken so flat that it would resemble papparadelle. Flat chicken in the vein of a post I did a few years ago.

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I didn’t get it quite flat enough, but it worked out pretty well anyway.

How does one flatten chicken?

Thank you for asking!

First, cut a chicken breast in half.

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It really isn’t all that difficult, but be sure not to cut the skin off your palm.

Lay it out on a sheet of plastic wrap, cover it with another sheet, and go nuts with a rubber mallet.

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This is a great way to relieve stress after a hard day of work.

Keep working it outward until it is a uniform thickness.

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It only takes about thirty seconds to get it looking translucent.

Chicken parts pounded this thin cook in about 45 seconds per side.

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Seasoning can be added now or during the pounding process. It takes just a pinch of salt and pepper. This really couldn’t get much easier.

Finish searing off your flattened chicken and just cut into strips!

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So, the reason I wanted the strips in the first place was to extend a wonderful dish that most glorious spousal unit concocted a few days earlier. It involved discs of Italian sausage, pappardelle, a bit of butter, a splash of olive oil, and reduced chicken stock as a sauce.

All I had to do was add chicken strips, some more chicken stock, grated Parmesan, and a beaten egg. It’s very much like a traditional Chicken Carbonara using the Italian sausage instead of bacon.

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Heating up the leftover pappardelle was a snap. It loosens up quite easily with the addition of some chicken stock and a splash of olive oil. Once everything is mixed together and fully heated, apply at least a quarter cup of grated Parmesan, stir it in and turn off the heat.

Stir in the beaten egg a bit at a time. We don’t want cooked egg; we’re trying to make a sauce.

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And we’re successful!

I added a bit more Parmesan and finished it off with …

truffle_salt

truffle salt! There’s 10% real truffle bits in there and I don’t care if it is peelings or stuff they’ve swept off the floor. It takes just a pinch to add that aroma that only white truffles possess. Way better than truffle oil, this jar costs about $30 and is well worth it. I keep a small jar of it at work that I use for aroma therapy when things get a little too crazy. Sprinkled on a hard-boiled egg, it makes for a decadent snack.

Turning leftovers into a restaurant quality meal only took a couple of chicken breasts, a few pantry items, and my old, well-used rubber mallet. The hardest part of this dinner was actually finding the mallet.

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4 Responses to “Chicken as Noodles”

  1. Biz says:

    Nice to see you posting again John! And thanks for letting me know I look purple after doing Insanity – you’ll be happy to know its only temporary! :D

  2. Matt says:

    Wife likes the idea of using the salt as therapy! I am going to have to keep her away from my stash!

    • johngl says:

      You know, that Truffle Salt is like a wonder drug. Take a whiff, sit back, relax for a second or two, and think about simpler times…like when truffles weren’t two grand a pound.

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