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California Pizza Kitchen Chicken Tequila Fettuccine

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ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   4

recipe id: 4821
cook method: stovetop
California Pizza Kitchen Chicken Tequila Fettuccine Recipe
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1 pound dry spinach fettuccine
2 pounds fresh spinach fettuccine
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro reserved for garnish
2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper (seeds and veins may be removed)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (reserve tablespoon for saute )
1/2 cup chicken stock (preferably homemade)
2 tablespoons gold tequila
2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/4 pound chicken breast, diced 3/4 inch
1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 medium yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
1/2 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cup heavy cream


Prepare rapidly boiling, salted water to cook pasta; cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes for dry pasta, approximately 3 minutes for fresh. Pasta may be cooked slightly ahead of time, rinsed and oiled and then "flashed" (reheated) in boiling water or cooked to coincide with the finishing of the sauce/topping.

Cook 1/3 cup cilantro, garlic and jalapeno in 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add stock, tequila and lime juice. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until reduced to a paste like consistency; set aside. Pour soy sauce over diced chicken; set aside for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile cook onion and peppers, stirring occasionally, with remaining butter over medium heat. When the vegetables have wilted (become limp), add chicken and soy sauce; toss and add reserved tequila/lime paste and cream. Bring the sauce to a boil; boil gently until chicken is cooked through and sauce is thick (about 3 minutes). When sauce is done, toss with well-drained spinach fettuccine and reserved cilantro. Serve family style or transfer to serving dishes, evenly distributing chicken.

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1211 calories, 57 grams fat, 129 grams carbohydrates, 52 grams protein per serving.
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The best pasta

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Member since: December 19, 2008
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LOVE this recipe!! Can't wait to make it again! Thank you for sharing it!

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If you can get fresh spinach fettuccine that will make a huge difference in this recipe. Use a top shelf tequila too. Also, this recipe serves more than 4 people as we are a family of 4 and had leftovers although if you serve only this then it might only serve 4. I served salad and bread with it.

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I used heavy whipping cream for the sauce and the sauce won't thicken....any recommendations?

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Fantastic! This really is to die for. Absolutely love it!

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LOVED this recipe, really does taste like CPK. To save 100 calories and a lot of sodium, i substituted pasta for shirataki fettucini noodles. You just have to cook down the cream a lot so that the noodles soak it in, otherwise it is watery. Def always garnish with lime and YUM!

Guest at CDKitchen.com
Apr 13, 2012

What kind of tequila did you all use? I'm looking into making it

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Made this last night - Incredible! Everyone loved it. AS good or better than CPK I made one change to ingredient and that was to add a whole medium onion ( was really awesome

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Member since: February 21, 2012
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I made this last night and it tasted almost exactly like the dish from CPK. To make it a little healthier, I substituted 1 cup of fat free half&half and 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt for the heavy whipping cream. The texture of the sauce looked a little strange but it tasted amazing. Thanks for the great recipe!

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Member since: April 25, 2011
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This was excellent and I haven't eaten at a California Kitchen restaurant. I had several things on hand that I needed to dispose of so I decided to try this. The changes I made due to available items on hand were: I used thin spaghetti instead of fettucine; I used 1/2 cup of 1% milk with 1 cup cream, and I used pickled jalapenos(rinsed) instead of fresh, and I also used only 1/2 lb. pasta. My husband loved it.

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it taste exactly like the pasta at CPK,We are stationed overseas and there not a decent pasta place. i made it for my husband for dinner and he loved it!!! i loved it as well, i recommend it to anyone, great tasting!

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Member since: April 7, 2011
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I surprised my husband with this recipe and for the first time and he was moaning at how delicious it was, hahaha. He was so excited to take it to work the next day for lunch as well. For a non cook, this was definitely more difficult for me. I loved every minute of the cooking process and was excited to taste everything along the way. I honestly never thought a recipe online would be as good as the restaurant but it came out better. Thank you!