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Creamy Chicken and Caramelized Onion Pappardelle

Prep Time
20 min

Cook Time
1 hour 10 min

Difficulty
Intermediate

Servings
12

Cuisine Type

Cheese Types

Creamy Chicken and Caramelized Onion Pappardelle

Recipe Description

Rich and creamy, Pappardelle noodles are smothered with creamy Gouda cheese and topped with grilled chicken.

*This recipe is foodservice inspired but can be modified to accommodate less servings.

Ingredients

  • Creamy White Wine and Caramelized Onion Sauce:
    • 1/3 cup butter, divided
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 3 lb cooking onions, sliced
    • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper, divided
    • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
    • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme 
    • 2 cups dry white wine
    • 2 cups chicken broth
    • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (35%)
  • Grilled Chicken:
    • 12 chicken breasts
    • 1/4 cup oil
    • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
    • 1 tsp lemon zest
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp honey
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tsp each salt and pepper 
  • Assembly: 
    • 2 lb pappardelle
    • 3 cups Gouda cheese, shredded
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh tarragon
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

Creamy White Wine and Caramelized Onion Sauce: Heat half of the butter, and oil in large heavy-bottom pan set over medium-low heat; cook onions, half of the salt and pepper, and sugar, stirring regularly, for about 45 minutes or until onions are dark golden brown color and caramelized. Let cool; cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Melt remaining butter in large skillet set over medium heat; stir in caramelized onions and thyme. Add white wine; bring to boil. Cook for about 5 minutes or until reduced by half. Add chicken broth and cream. Bring to boil; cook for 5 minutes. Season with remaining salt and pepper. Let cool; cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Grilled Chicken: Toss together chicken, oil, mustard, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Let marinate, refrigerated, for up to 4 hours. 

Assembly (for each order): Preheat grill to medium-high heat; grill 1 marinated chicken breast for 5 to 7 minutes per side or until cooked through. 

Meanwhile, cook 7 oz pasta to order. In small skillet set over medium heat, bring 1/3 to 1/2 cup (3.5 oz) sauce to simmer. Add pasta; toss with 2 tbsp pasta water (1 oz) until well coated. Toss in 1/4 cup (.75 oz) shredded cheese, and pinch each chives, tarragon and parsley. Transfer to plate and top with grilled chicken breast.

Tip: Alternatively, cook pasta until al dente before service and save pasta water. Toss lightly in oil and spread over large baking sheet.

Tip: Alternatively, grill chicken just before service and keep warm during service. 

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