Rigatoni with Wine-Braised Chicken and Saffron CreamPosted on Nov 18, 2010 | 0 comments
Rigatoni with Wine-Braised Chicken and Saffron CreamAdapted from Epicurious.com Yield: 4 to 6 Servings INGREDIENTS: 2 to 2½ pounds whole chicken breast, cut into large pieces (or chicken thighs with skin and bones) Salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups chopped white onions (or a combination of onions and shallots) 6 garlic cloves, crushed 2 cups dry white wine 1 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed 2 cups chicken broth 1 pound rigatoni 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice ⅔ cup chopped fresh basil Pepper METHOD: Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden, about 7 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to plate. Add onions and garlic to drippings in skillet; sauté until onions are slightly softened, 7 to 8 minutes. Add wine and saffron to skillet; bring to boil. Continue to boil until liquid is thickened and reduced by less than half, about 8 minutes. Add 2 cups chicken broth to skillet. Return chicken to skillet; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer gently until chicken is very tender (adjust heat to prevent boiling and turn chicken over after 20 minutes), 30 to 45 minutes total. Transfer chicken to plate and cool. Reserve skillet with juices. Shred chicken meat; transfer to a medium bowl and reserve.
Cook pasta in pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain; return to pot. Meanwhile, add cream to juices in skillet and boil until sauce is reduced to 2½ cups and is thick enough to coat spoon, about 10 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons lemon juice, then chicken pieces. Stir over medium heat until heated through, adding more broth to thin sauce as needed and adding more lemon juice by teaspoonfuls, if desired, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add chicken mixture to pasta in pot and toss to coat. Stir in basil. Serve pasta in large bowls and garnish with chiffonade basil.