Chicken Linguine with Figs & Goat Cheese

Chicken Linguini with Figs & Goat Cheese in a large skillet, ready to serve.

This Chicken Linguine with Figs & Goat Cheese is a delicious 30-minute meal that’s made with dried figs, red wine & smoky bacon. It’s delicious paired with a glass of Merlot or Pinot Noir.

I’m back with another easy and delicious pasta dinner idea for you! And this one has all the goodies going on:

Figs
Goat Cheese
Red Wine

I mean… It’d be tough not to love this dish…

This recipe came to me when I was scouring the fridge one day.

The night before, we’d skipped a full-on dinner, and just enjoyed a charcuterie board instead. So, I had plenty of odds and ends from our snacking session. A handful of my favorite Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice Mission Figlets, some goat cheese, and a half empty bottle of red wine…

That’s when the idea for this Chicken Linguine with Figs & Goat Cheese was born.

I started by browning up some bacon, letting it get nice and crispy.

Then, I dredged some chicken in flour, added it to that same skillet, and let it get nice and golden brown. To that, I added in some onions, garlic and those yummy California Figs.

After the onions softened up a bit, I poured in a few glugs of red wine, let it reduce a bit, and then loosened it all up with a bit of chicken stock. To that I added in the pasta and tossed it all together. I also added in a bit of fresh parsley to brighten things up, then I gave it a taste and decided it needed a bit of lemon added to it as well, for a bit of acidity. I used both the zest and juice of one lemon, but if you don’t have any lemon on hand, you could also add in a little bit of balsamic vinegar.

Skillet of chicken linguine with figs next to two glasses of red wine. Be sure to reserve some of your pasta cooking liquid before draining the pasta. It’s got lots of amazing starches and salt in there and if you find that your pasta is a bit dry after tossing everything together, you can pour a bit of those liquids in to loosen things up and make it a bit more saucy.

To top everything off, I added in some crumbled goat cheese. But here too, you can innovate. No goat cheese on hand? You can also use feta or parmesan, or leave the cheese out entirely.

Plate of chicken linguine with fork

 

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Chicken Linguini with Figs & Goat Cheese in a large skillet, ready to serve.

Chicken Linguine with Figs & Goat Cheese

Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken, fig, linguini, pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 575 kcal
Author: Erin

This Chicken Linguine with Figs & Goat Cheese is a delicious 30-minute meal that’s made with dried figs, red wine & smoky bacon. It’s delicious paired with a glass of Merlot or Pinot Noir.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 slices bacon sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour for dredging
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 14 Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Figs quartered
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 ounces goat cheese crumbled, for topping

Instructions

  1. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and bacon. Cook the bacon until browned and crispy, 3-4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel lined plate. Place a large pot of water on the stove to boil.
  2. Meanwhile, season the chicken chunks with salt and pepper and dredge in a little flour. Add to the skillet, add the chicken and brown over medium-high heat, about 2-3 minutes, then scoot the chicken to one side of the pan and add the onion, garlic and figs. Cook for 5 minutes, then mix everything together. Add the wine to the pan and let it cook down for 5 minutes. Add chicken broth and parsley, and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook 10 minutes, while you prepare the linguine.
  3. Salt the boiling water and add the linguine; cook to al dente according to package directions, then drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  4. Add the cooked linguine to the skillet with with the chicken and figs. Stir in lemon juice and zest. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper. If needed, add some of the pasta cooking liquid to loosen things up. Garnish with the crisp bacon and goat cheese, and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Linguine with Figs & Goat Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 575 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 348mg 15%
Potassium 738mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 77g 26%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 12g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 2.4%
Vitamin C 18.7%
Calcium 8.1%
Iron 14.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings with Chicken Linguine with Figs & Goat Cheese:

  • Merlot has an earthy, smoky quality to it that pairs amazingly well with this chicken linguine.
  • Pinot Noir is another great option. It’s earthy aromas and bright acidity balance out this rich pasta dish nicely.

I teamed up with Valley Fig Growers to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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7 comments

  1. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    We do charcuterie boards for dinner a lot, too! I also love making pasta dishes from whatever ingredients we have on hand, but they’re rarely as fancy as these ingredients. 🙂 I’ve never seen those packages of figs before and will definitely seek them out the next time I’m at the store. What a great dish to pair with some wine for a cozy night in!

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  2. Dahn @savorthebest

    I could totally make a meal out of a charcuterie board too. I love that this meal came from the leftovers of the board. Great idea and it looks amazing.

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  3. Karly

    Looks delicious! What a flavor filled dish!

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  4. Amy

    I need to hunt down those figs. I love this dish for the yummy flavors and textures. I think it’d be a great date-night dinner!! Can’t wait to try soon!

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    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Amy!

      Reply

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