I know what you are thinking! Rattlesnake?! Let me tell you that if I have to worry about being bitten by a rattlesnake, there is no way on this earth that I would even think about eating one! At least not while I have food in the cabinets. Rattlesnake Pasta is a type of chicken alfredo with bite. A huge bite depending on the type of peppers you use. A not so huge bite, if you are not a hot pepper fan or have little ones eating.
I read a friend’s status on Facebook and saw where she was talking about this particular dish at a local restaurant in her area. After hearing about the ingredients, I knew I had to try it. So I tried to come up with my version of this dish.
Over the years of making this yummy dish, I've tried different hot peppers from my dad's plants, canned chilies, jalapenos, and Anaheim peppers. This weekend, I used the Anaheim because I've heard the words heart burden too recently. Anaheim peppers are not quite as hot as the jalapenos and I kind of wish I would have used at least one jalapeno in the mixture. But, it is what it is.
I love recipes like this one because like I said, depending on the type of pepper you use, it can be as hot or as not as you want. :) I'm all for having the whole family enjoy a meal without mom or dad being a short order cook for everyone.
I was not one to cook a different meal for my son when he was little. If the recipe called for extra spiciness I improvised the ingredients and steps in getting the food cooked so he could enjoy it without the added heat. In fact, I have never been a short order cook, so my son was required to eat what was cooked no questions asked. Now, my son loves hot, hot, hot foods along with many others. I think my encouraging (requiring) him to try different things when he was little helped him have a palate for a wide variety of foods. Would you believe he loves sushi? Yep, but I never encouragement him to eat it because it is something I'm not fond of. He learned to love it on his own.
Depending on how big your family is, this recipe will be easy to double or cut down the ingredients.
When you look at the ingredients you will notice bell peppers and hot peppers. The bell peppers alone give the recipe a nice peppery taste without heat, so if you have a little ones eating, leave out the hot peppers and cut back on the Cayenne pepper.
1 pkg chicken breast seasoned and grilled
2 cloves garlic minced
1 red bell pepper diced
½ green bell pepper diced
1 small onion chopped
3 jalapeno peppers or any hot pepper you like
3-4 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp Cayenne pepper
1 box linguine
enough water to cook the pasta
Season and grill the chicken. When cooled, cook into bite sized pieces and set aside.
Bring a pot of water to boil for the pasta. Add salt and a drizzle of oil, to help keep the noodles from sticking together. Cook pasta according to your taste.
In a large frying pan sauté garlic, onions and peppers over medium heat. Add chilies/peppers. Slowly pour heavy cream into pan and add Parmesan cheese. Stir until melted and smooth. Add Cayenne pepper stir until well mixed. Add chicken. Cook until sauce becomes thick. Serve over the pasta.
Do you have a favorite recipe that has a kick or a bite when you eat it? I'd love to hear about your recipe.