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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Chicken Carbonara with Feta, Mushroom and Silverbeet

Having not made a carbonara before (have eaten plenty) I was quite please with this effort. The use of lemon rind kept it nice and light-ish and feta gave this more depth. The silverbeet may not be a traditional ingredient but it does taste good.

4 chicken thigh fillets
1 handful fresh thyme
2 rashers bacon chopped
2 cloves garlic sliced
5 mushrooms roughly chopped
1 tbs porcini chopped (optional)
1 splash of white wine
5 silverbeet deveined and thinly sliced
100 ml cream
2 tbs marinated feta
2 eggs
1 decent handful of grated Parmesan
Rind of half a lemon
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and pepper
1 packet of pasta
Olive oil
Parsley and chilli to serve

Oil, salt and pepper and rub the thyme into the chicken thighs. Saute the bacon with a little olive oil over a medium high heat until it has nice colour. Add in the garlic and stir, simmering until it is fragrant. Add a little more oil, stir to flavour with the garlic and bacon then toss in the mushrooms (both kinds) and saute until just cooked. Remove to a clean bowl, deglaze the pan with the wine, quickly scrapping up any bits and pour back over the mushroom mixture. Add a little oil to the pan and cook the chicken until almost cooked, remove to a clean bowl and cover (it will continue to cook in the covered bowl).
Combine the cream, feta, eggs, Parmesan, lemon rind and some pepper with a whisk and set aside.
Cook the pasta in salted water, reserve 1 cup of the water. Drain the pasta and return to the pan, stir through the silverbeet. Chop the chicken into chunks and add to the pasta pan with the mushrooms and the chicken juice. Stir through the feta and egg mixture along with the reserved pasta water and the lemon juice. Allow to sit for a minute or so. Check for seasoning then into bowls, top with chopped parsley and sliced chilli or perhaps some lemon extra juice.

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