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First Date Cajun Chicken Alfredo

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The Scenario:


So far you’ve been able to put it off; you’ve gone out on dates, you’ve been to restaurants, you might even have tried to pull off the old countryside picnic trick, but now your hot date wants to come back to your place. Given enough warning you can probably get the place tidy enough that it won’t be declared a national disaster, and picking up a cheap bottle of rose wine and lighting some candles, well away from anything flammable, will probably set the right sort of mood. But they want to eat, don’t they.

If you’ve been living the bachelor life for a while, this might be a bit tricky. But that is where your old friends at 1 Man Kitchen step in with a recipe that will make you look like a) you know how to cook. b) you are sophisticated: Cajun Chicken Spaghetti Alfredo.

Memorize the following phrases in case your date questions you:
Fusion Cuisine. A Twist On An Italian Classic. Just Something I Threw Together.

What You Need:


A Big Skillet

A Stovetop

A Big Pot

A strainer

A Sharp Knife

A Chopping Board

About 45 Minutes

Ingredients To Feed Two People:


Olive Oil

Butter

One chicken breast

Half a packet/jar of Sundried Tomatoes, drained of oil

Spring Onions

Your choice of Cajun spice mix

Minced Garlic

Black Pepper

The big tub of Heavy Cream

Dried Spaghetti


Optional extras:

A fruity rose or white wine

​A side of garlic bread, if you have already given up on the idea of kissing

How To Do It:


1. Chop up your chicken into pieces about the size of your thumb and douse it with Cajun Spices. Even if your date is scared of spicy food the sauce takes all of the sting out of it.

2. Chop up your vegetables but keep them separated. Yes, I know tomatoes are fruit. Today they are a vegetable.

3. Get your pot half full of salted water and get it boiling at full heat. Make sure your date has something to keep them occupied because you are going to be stuck by this stovetop for a little while.

4. Here is where we start getting into tricks of the trade, we aren’t actually going to be cooking anything in that olive oil, we are just going to put a drop of it into your skillet so you don’t burn your butter as it melts. Butter can be tricky, that spot of oil will save you a lot of trouble later. Get your skillet up to a medium heat, melt two tablespoons of butter in it then add your chicken.

5. Throw in enough spaghetti for the two of you, remembering that it doubles in size once it is cooked, but keep an eye on that chicken. Once it has a tiny bit of brown on it, flip it over and add the tomatoes and two teaspoons of garlic. Give everything a stir to keep it from sticking.

6. Keep an eye on everything. Check on your pasta every couple of minutes to make sure it isn’t sticking and that it isn’t cooked. You want it to have a little bite, and the only way to test that is to give it a little bite every so often. Never trust a skinny cook. They aren’t tasting their food enough.

7. Once the chicken is cooked on the other side, throw in the spring onions and give it about twenty seconds.

8. Spring onions burn fast, so they really just need to get in the pan and get pushed around once before you pour in your cream. You want to cover the base of the skillet and leave just the very top of your chicken pieces poking out like little icebergs.

9. Drop the heat to about half of what it was and give the whole thing a stir around. Your spaghetti will be done by now, if it somehow isn’t, don’t panic, we’re still going to give the sauce some time to thicken up.

10. Drain off your pasta and then put it back in the pot, once the cream is starting to turn a golden creamy colour, rather than white, pour everything from the skillet into the pot and give it a good stir to coat all the pasta in sauce.

11. Serve it out in a big bowl, sprinkle it with black pepper, hand your date a fork, snuggle in beside them and try not to look too amazed that you managed to make something this delicious.

12. If they don’t like it, dump them, they are clearly a lizard-person.

G D Penman writes books. He lives in Scotland with his partner and children, some of whom are human. In those few precious moments that he isn’t parenting or writing he likes to watch cartoons, play video games, read more books than are entirely feasible and continues on his quest to eat the flesh of every living species. He has worked in just about every job you can have in a restaurant and now he is here to yell at you for using a microwave when there is a perfectly good oven right there.

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