chicken riggies

It’s remarkable that I’m posting a recipe containing alcohol the Monday morning after alumni weekend and a HUGE win for the BALTIMORE RAVENS!

Tom Brady, your pretty face is all you have left.

All of my Loyola friends were visiting this weekend for the Bull and Oyster Roast, which is an annual event for current seniors and alumni. It’s always an entertaining game of trying to find friends you haven’t seen since last year, while avoiding the people you have no desire to engage in fake conversation. I’d say the majority dress inappropriately, drink inappropriately, and hope to get physical with inappropriate people.

I did none of the above, which is good because I remember the highlights of the weekend.

My best friend’s sister (a current senior) telling the GS that he’s a ‘sex kitten’, and then introducing herself.

My sister’s best friend (class of 2010) drinking a stale vodka drink at my house, thinking it was water.

My friend Kate becoming the 19th piece of an 18 piece band, yelling into the microphone during “Shout.”

Taking a photo with my former orientation coordinators and texting it to our former boss with the caption “LYLAS!”

Overall it was a great weekend. But the highlight for me occurred on Friday night, when we walked to a local bar for a drink and ran into a bunch of people we graduated with. I was chatting with a friend of mine who was also a Speech Pathology major at Loyola, and got to meet her boyfriend. Apparently they are loyal followers of Spill the Beans, and have made several of my recipes. He was looking at me like I was a celebrity and it absolutely made my night. I feel so validated.

This recipe is adapted from my favorite home cook, Nicky Wadach.b827f86728c07bd5d6fe646f0679f561

Chicken Riggies (our term for pasta with chicken and vodka sauce)

serves 5-6

2-3 chicken breasts

1 lb any short cut pasta

1 medium yellow onion

3-4 tbs butter

28 oz can crushed tomatoes

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2/3 cup vodka

3/4 cup heavy cream

Cook the chicken simply- I season with salt, pepper and garlic powder and pan fry in a little bit of olive oil. Baking or boiling would be okay, too. Cut into bite-sized pieces once cooked through. Cook the pasta according to directions.

Chop the onions finely and saute in the butter until translucent. Add the crushed tomatoes and stir together.

Add the vodka, and let it cook down for at least 6 or 7 minutes. I took the vodka from the GS’s house- I don’t have any because I’d rather drink petroleum. This is how I transported it:

Two tupperware containers, plus I put it into a grocery bag and into my trunk. I knew that if a drop spilled in my car I’d have to sell it and get a new one.

Add the crushed red pepper (1/2 tsp makes it pretty spicy- start with 1/4 tsp and do a taste check) and then the heavy cream. Stir together and allow it to come to a boil. Combine with the pasta and chicken and enjoy! You can also top with parmesan or romano cheese.

Loyola followers, once your blood alcohol level returns to normal, I highly recommend this dish. And look out for a bunch of purple food coming your way for Superbowl Sunday!

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