Truffled Pasta with Chicken




Yield: 4 to 6 servings

If I see anything with mushrooms on a menu, I have no need to look any further.  I WILL ALWAYS ORDER THE DISH WITH MUSHROOMS.  This is a riff on an Ina Garten recipe for Fettucine with White Truffle Butter and Mushrooms that I’ve been drooling over and I just happened to have everything for the dish in my refrigerator. I’ve adapted it to add some protein and more mushrooms because duh!  (Read above.)  Serve this with a salad on the side and your meal is done.


2 pounds bone-in skin-on chicken breasts

1-1/2 pounds cremini mushrooms, caps removed and thickly

2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

3/4 cup heavy cream

12 ounces fettuccine or tagliatelle

Two 3.5 ounce containers truffle butter, white or black

3 tablespoons chives, finely chopped

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated, plus more to serve

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 400° and place the chicken breasts on a small baking sheet.  Slide your fingers between the skin and meat to loosen the skin, taking care not to separate or rip it.  Spread two tablespoons truffle butter under the skin of each breast, using your fingers to spread around.  Sprinkle salt and pepper over each side.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the meat registers 150 to 155° in the thickest part.  Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.  Slice into bite-sized pieces.


Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.   Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  Reserve 1/3 cup of pasta water before draining.


While the pasta water is coming to a boil, preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Melt the butter and olive oil and add the mushrooms.  Turn the heat up to high and sauté for approximately 8 minutes, stirring very infrequently to allow the mushrooms to begin to brown.  They will release a lot of liquid.  Once the liquid begins to evaporate, sprinkle the mushrooms liberally with salt.  Cook for another 4 minutes, for a total cooking time of approximately 12 minutes.  Add the cream and allow to reduce over medium-low heat while the pasta cooks.  Turn the heat to low and add the truffle butter and grated Parmesan, stirring to melt and combine.  Once the sauce has come together, add the pasta and chicken, stirring together to coat the pasta with sauce.  Add some of the reserved pasta water, by the tablespoon, to loosen the sauce to your desired consistently.  It should remain slightly thick.  Finish the pasta with the remaining truffle butter and toss to coat; season to taste with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle the chives over the pasta.   Serve with extra Parmesan.


Inspiration: Fettuccine with White Truffle Butter and Mushrooms by Ina Garten on

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