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July 24, 2012 Update:  It’s National Tequila Day!

We can’t resist recipes that call for spirits.  Especially tequila.  Not too long ago we made some impromptu tequila shrimp tacos and they were excellente.  Sorry we got carried away and forgot to blog about it.

But here’s a fantastic recipe inspired by a post on The Daily Meal.

The first step, of course, is to make sure your tequila has not gone bad.

Tequila shots

Drunk Chicken Fettucine

Serves about four unless you and your mate are really hungry.  Adapted from this recipe featured at The Daily Meal.

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 jiggers of tequila, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapeño pepper (about 1/2 of a large jalapeño)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • 2 quarts of chicken stock, divided
  • 1 – 16 ounce package fettucine
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, thinly sliced (for a pretty dish, use a mix of red and green peppers)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup half and half

In a small bowl, drizzle the soy sauce and half a jigger of the tequila over the chicken and set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of the butter, the garlic, cilantro and jalapeño and sauté for 3 minutes.  Add the lime juice and 1/3 cup chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce until thickened.  Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large saucepan, bring the remaining chicken stock to a boil, then add pasta and cook to desired doneness.  Drain, set aside (keeping it warm).

cooking sauce and pasta

Work on your sauté while the pasta boils.

In a medium pan, sauté the onion and bell pepper with the olive oil and remaining tablespoon of butter until onions are soft and clear.  Add chicken and brown lightly. Add sauce and half and half.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat.  Add remaining tequila and simmer until chicken is cooked through.

Serve over pasta and garnish with cilantro.

Drunk Chicken Fettucine

Suggested drink accompaniment: Piña Corita.

Tips: You can add up to another pound of chicken breast without increasing the sauce, if you like.  Just add more soy sauce and tequila to the first step.  For extra spice, add some of the jalapeño seeds along with the jalapeño.  Making chicken broth with bouillon instead of canned broth is more economical.