Chicken and bacon crisp topper

    1 hour 10 min

    This is a dish I had some years ago which I've tried to emulate here. I've had some degree of success, but suffice to say, it was a different taste altogether. However, it was still a very tasty dish, and went down well with the family. Hope you enjoy!

    Tyne and Wear, England, UK
    6 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 200g penne pasta (or other)
    • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    • 2 peppers, chopped (1 red, 1 yellow)
    • oil as needed
    • 400g chicken breast fillet, cubed
    • 200g bacon, fat removed, diced
    • 200g sliced mushrooms
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 150ml milk
    • 30g butter
    • 30g plain flour
    • 300ml chicken stock
    • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
    • 3 packets decent cheese and onion crisps
    • 300ml single cream
    • 80g cheese (red Leicester or other)

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
    2. Bring some water to the boil, add the pasta, bring back to the boil and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
    3. Fry the onion and peppers in oil for 5 to 10 minutes, then add the chicken and bacon and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and all the spices and leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
    4. Heat the milk but do not boil. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter before taking off the heat and stirring in the flour. Return to the heat before adding the heated milk, stirring continuously until it has a thick consistency. Add the stock, tomato puree and sugar, and stir over the heat until mixed in.
    5. In a separate container, mix the pasta, the contents of the frying pan, and the roux sauce together well. Transfer to a casserole dish.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove 5 minutes before the end and crumble the crisps over the top, pour over the single cream, and sprinkle with the grated cheese before returning to the oven.
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    A filling dish!  -  06 Mar 2012

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