Pappardelle With Chicken, Peas & Fennel Recipe: This Light Pasta Ragù Recipe Is Worth the Effort by 30Seconds Food
Fennel may not be a vegetable/herb many of us cook with often, but maybe we should start. Both parts of the plant are used – the licorice-tasting bulb and the fronds. This pappardelle ragù recipe with chicken, fennel and peas may take a little time, but it's definitely worth it.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 60 to 70 minutes
Total Time: 65 to 75 minutes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1 pound)
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 fennel bulb, finely chopped
- 1 heaping tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup milk or half and half
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1 package (12 ounces) pappardelle, cooked according to package directions (save about 1 cup of the cooking water)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fennel fronds, for garnish
Here's how to make it:
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook in the hot oil until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove to a plate.
- Add the onion and chopped fennel and cook until soft, about 7 minutes. Add the thyme and cook 30 seconds.
- Add the wine and stir. Simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
- Put the chicken back into the pan. Add the water and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 35 to 45 minutes, adding a little more water if needed.
- Remove the chicken once it's cooked. Cool a bit, then remove the chicken off the bones and shred.
- Add the milk and cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
- Pour in the peas and return the chicken to the pan. Stir.
- Add the cooked pasta, butter, Parmesan cheese and some of the pasta water, if needed. Cook until heated through. Garnish with the chopped fennel fronds.
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