While traveling through South Africa I become totally enthralled with Peri-Peri or (Piri-Piri) Sauce. The spicy condiment, made with birds-eye chili peppers, is a favorite hot sauce in Africa.
The peppers are grown in Africa but were embraced by the Portuguese who are credited for inventing the sauce.
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It’s the perfect way to add a kick of spice without overpowering the dish. Which is why it works really well as an addition to the creamy peri peri pasta sauce in this recipe.
Peri-Peri sauce can be found in the international section of your grocery store. Each preparation has a different level of spice and salt, so use sparingly at first.
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For 4 servings
- 3 Tablespoons (30 ml) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Chicken Breasts
- 1 Medium Red Onion, diced
- 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Cup (149 g) Cherry Tomatoes
- 1/2 Cup (118 ml) Dry White Wine
- 3 Tablespoon (45 ml) Peri-Peri Sauce
- 1/4 Cup (60 ml) Chicken Stock, low salt
- 1/3 Cup (78 ml) Heavy Cream
- 3 Ounces (85 g) Softened Cream Cheese
- 2 Cups (256 g) Penne Pasta cooked al dente
- Fresh Parsley for Garnish
- Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.
- Add to a skillet with olive oil over medium heat and brown on all sides. Set aside.
- In the same pan, add the onion and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and tomatoes and continue to cook until the skin of the tomatoes begins to split.
- Add the wine, chicken stock and peri-peri sauce and continue to sauté until the liquid is reduced by about a third.
- Return the chicken to the pan and add the pasta. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the cream cheese. Stir gently. Then slowly add the cream.
- Return to low heat if needed to fully melt the cheese.
- Taste and adjust the flavor with salt, pepper, additional cheese or a dash of extra peri-peri sauce.
- Garnish with parsley.
Amount Per Serving Calories 411Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 76mgSodium 285mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 25g
Nutritional Values are Estimates Only