Dirty Chicken with Tomatillo Cilantro Cream Sauce on Chipotle Pasta

parrardelles pastaI made a trip to Seattle recently which included a stop at Pikes Public Market.  There are so many amazing foods to try Pikes.  This trip I picked up some Pappardelles Chipotle Fettucine.  Pappardelles one of the premier makers of artisanal pastas.  They make over 100 different handcrafted dried pastas and ravioli.   One of the great aspects of Pappardelles pasta is they take great pride in their product and only distribute through certified farmer’s markets and mail order from their own site (www.pappardellespasta.com).

When I purchased the pasta I had no idea what I was going to make with it.  But I knew when I saw and tasted this pasta that I had to come up with something.  In addition to the protein I wasn’t quite sure what sauce to serve with it.  After some thought I decided to go towards a more Mexican style dish.  I picked up a couple of Tomatillos and a bunch of cilantro.  What I came up with is a Tomatillo Chipotle Cream Sauce served with a grass-fed chicken I purchased at local farmer’s market.

todd's dirt chicken


I cut the chicken up into 6 pieces and seasoned them with Todd’s Dirt and then grilled.  I wanted something with a simple flavor for the chicken that wasn’t going to clash with the sauce.

Tomatillo Cilantro Cream Sauce
Serves: 4
  • 3 Tomatillos, husked and chopped
  • 1 bunch Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves  garlic, minced
  • ½ cup cheese, shredded (I used a 4 cheese Mexican Blend)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.   Make sure you drain as much juice from the tomatillos before putting them in the food processor.  Blend until smooth.  Pour mixture in a saucepan and reduce until thick over low to medium heat.
  2. If using a regular pasta add minced jalapeño or other chili to the sauce when blending in the food processor.
  3. Plate the pasta and chicken a spoon the sauce over both.

This blog post was previously published on August 13th, 2010. It has been updated and rewritten for publication now.

4 Comments on Dirty Chicken with Tomatillo Cilantro Cream Sauce on Chipotle Pasta

  1. A wonderful sounding product… you did it proud!

  2. Chipolte pasta, amazing. How much heat was there in the pasta, was it just a background flavor or was in prominent? Sounds like something I want to check out.

    The tomatillo sauce sounds perfect for chicken. I am doing a salsa verde with chicken fajitas tonight, kind of close to this. I definitely am saving this sauce to try later with the added chili pepper that you recommended.

    • The flavor was perfect. Enough heat more me, yet not to much for the wife and daughter. It is so good.

  3. I live in Denver, home to Pappardelle’s pasta and have been a huge fan for years. This happens to be a flavor I’ve never had and I love what you’ve done with it. When our farmer’s market opens, each Sunday I’ll buy a bag and then head over to their website for a recipe? If you’ve not paid them a visit on line, you should take a browse. Very good recipes. One of my favorite is some sort of Tangerine pasta with shrimp = omg.

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