That day, as the time approached to cook something for dinner I found my pantry almost out of stock with the minimal ingredients. It's the end of the week and the daily grocery was due. But never knew that my food stock was in an awry. Some celery stalks, a tomato, a carton of cream, a cup of chicken stock were laying neglected in the refrigerator. Few thinly sliced chicken breast in the freezer and a packet of fettuccine in the shelf. So I thought of making stir fried chicken served in the bed of boiled fettuccine. So I boiled the Fettuccine with little bit of salt and kept the chicken out in the room temperature to deice. The day before I prepared Dry Chili fish so I changed my mind to follow the same shadow of frying and sautéing. So I thought of making a sauce out of chicken and served hot with Fettuccine. I did so, served the dish to my husband and my daughter. I ought to mention that my daughter is a voracious pasta eater only if it is cooked in cheese sauce otherwise it is totally refused. This time with a pounding heart I served her the dish and preparing myself what tricks to apply to feed her after her obvious denial. My husband was also hesitating to taste the dish, might be the appearance was not attracting him. By appearance the dish looks too pale to get attracted mainly who were habituated with the Xanthus colored foods . I tried to keep my self busy in the kitchen with ' a no kind of work' to avoid their dimmed face. The daughter took the responsibility and ushered in the first bite. And she kept on eating!!! My husband, saying, 'if she likes the food then it must be tasty', took his first bite. Then a big wave of applause from my hubby washed me with a great relief and I danced two steps in Daler Mahendi style in joy. I just felt that I had passed some big Examination. All the confidence lies on the reaction of the in takers when you are cooking something out of imagination. But one thing is clear when you have the minimum ingredients at hand your are on the verge of creating something great and proving yourself a culinary expert too.
Thinly sliced Chicken Breast- 4-5 pieces
Celery -4 Stalks
Tomato- 1 big
Ginger-garlic paste-2 table spoon
Chicken Stock- 1/2 cup
Low Fat Cream- 1/2 cup
Salt, Sugar, Black Pepper- As per Taste
Italian herbs for seasoning.
Oil- 1 table spoon
1. Grind all the ingredients together in to a smooth paste except the cream and the stock.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add the mixture. Pour the chicken stock, give a good stir then cover with lid and cook in low flame for 8-10 mnts.
3. Open the lid taste it and add if salt and sugar is required. High the flame and cook till the mixture turns dry and the chicken gets cooked well. Add the cream. Cook for 2-3mnts.
4. Spread the boiled Fettuccine in a serving plate and pour the Cream Chicken Sauce on it. Season the top with Italian herbs and serve hot.
Verdict:-This dish takes very less time to cook and the preparation time is also just less than 5-7mnts. Very healthy and light. The taste is too good and perfect for a low diet food. Other vegetables and mince chicken instead of chicken breast can be used .