Intro: MMM Mexican Pasta
This is one of my favorites, from a small, family restaurant here in Phoenix. It features pasta fried in salsa with grilled salsa chicken covered in an awesome fundito sauce.
Step 1: Ingredients
The ingredients you will need are as follows
Boneless Skinless Chicken
Extra Wide Pasta
For the Fundito sauce
Heavy Whipping Cream
Your choice of White Cheese
1 pkg of powdered Ranch Dressing mix
Step 2: Prep Work
Before you start you will need to marinate the chicken in the salsa. Just place the chicken in a ziplock bag with enough salsa to cover it (it doesn't take much) and place in the fridge for a couple of hours.
About an hour before you plan on starting to cook you will want to cook the pasta, following the package directions. Once cooked drain the pasta and rinse in cold water. Place the pasta in the refrigerator to cool. (The secret to frying pasta is to do it with cold pasta, otherwise it will fall apart)
Step 3: Making the Fundito
To make the Fundito sauce you combine equal parts of the cheese, cream cheese, cream and sour cream in a microwave safe dish. Melt the ingredients, stirring every couple of minutes. It should take 6 to 8 minutes. Once it is all melted, add some of the dry ranch dressing mix. I never measure but I use about 1/2 a packet to 32 oz of sauce. Then mix the sauce with a hand blender until smooth and creamy.
You can make the sauce early and reheat it when ready to serve. The Fundito is also good with tacos, burritos and Cool Ranch Doritos.
Step 4: Grill the Chicken
Umm... Grill the chicken. If your not sure how to grill chicken then maybe you should try a simpler recipe.
Step 5: Make the Pasta
While the chicken is grilling you can make the pasta. Take the pasta out of the refrigerator. If it's sticking together you can run it under warm water to loosen it up. Heat a good non-stick frying pan with some olive oil or non-stick spray. Add the pasta and pour in some salsa. Add enough to completely cover the pasta. Fry the pasta, stirring occasionally, until the pasts begins to get crispy.
Step 6: Finish
Once everything is done cooking, put some of the pasta on a plate, cut up the chicken and place on top of the pasta. Finish off with some sauce and enjoy.