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Rigatoni and Alder -- Smoked Chicken

RobynRobyn Carter
servings:Makes 8-10 servings
prep time:
20 minutes
cook time:
15 minutes
total time:
40 minutes


  • 1 package Rigatoni pasta, cooked
  • 12 oz. lightly smoked chicken breast or dark meat
  • 1/2 oz. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. shallots
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 4 T. sun dried cranberries
  • 4 T. toasted hazelnuts (coarsely ground)
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach (chopped)
  • 2 fl. oz. white wine
  • 3/4 c. chicken stock
  • 3/4 c. heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan


  • 1

    Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Sautè chicken in olive oil with the shallots and garlic over moderate heat.

  • 2

    Add hazelnuts and cranberries.

  • 3

    Deglaze the pan with white wine and chicken stock. Reduce to half.

  • 4

    Add cream and simmer to reduce slightly and develop flavors.

  • 5

    Add hot pasta and spinach, salt and pepper, toss and heat thoroughly.

  • 6

    Put in warm pasta bowls and top with Parmesan cheese and hazelnuts.



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