It's a few weeks late, but I'm finally getting around to posting about the Valentines Day meal I cooked up a few weeks ago. My main motivation for posting this is not to share a delicious recipe with you (although it is), but to prove to you that, yes, I am indeed capable of producing something other than dessert.
Our Valentines Day plans were a little off kilter this year, as the holiday happened to fall on the same day of the week that I volunteer at the Salvation Army. I felt bad about skipping out just because it was Valentines Day. I decided to be a decent person and go, and then didn't get home until around 8:00. We hadn't made any reservations for dinner, but I was really wiped out, and not in the mood to make anything homemade. So, we went to Chili's. Yes. Romantic, I know.
Tuesday night though, I decided to step it up and actually make the meal I had planned on making the night before, Cajun Chicken Alfredo. I had never made this particular variety of alfredo before, but because I got the recipe from my cousin, who is a fantastic cook, I was pretty confident it would be delicious.
Cajun Chicken Alfredo
-2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips
-2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
-2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
-1 green onion, sliced
-1-2 cup heavy cream
-1/4 teaspoon dried basil
-1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/8 teaspoon pepper
-4 ounces linguine, cooked and drained
(I went a little off the beaten path with the noodles, here. See below.)
-grated parmesan cheese
Place chicken and Cajun seasoning in a bowl or resealable plastic bag, toss or shake to coat. In a large skillet over medium heat sauté chicken in butter until almost tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add onion; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat. Add cream and seasonings; heat through. Add linguine and toss; heat through.
Good news. It WAS delicious. So delicious in fact, that I declared it my new favorite meal right on the spot. Although considering that title is given to a new dish about every two weeks, I wouldn't put too much stock in that declaration.