Linguine with golden-brown chicken, mushrooms, peas and parmesan cheese in a white bechamel sauce.
6 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 pound white mushrooms, sliced
1 large onion, finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup all purpose flour
4 cups whole milk
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup whipping cream
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
12 ounces linguine
3/4 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup dried Italian-style breadcrumbs
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spread 1 tablespoon of butter over a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and the oil in a deep large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon of each salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the hot pan and cook until pale golden and just cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate to cool slightly. Coarsely shred the chicken into bite-size pieces and into a large bowl.
Meanwhile, add the mushrooms to the same pan. Sauté over medium-high heat until the liquid from the mushrooms evaporates and the mushrooms become pale golden, about 12 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the onion, garlic, and thyme, and sauté until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until it evaporates, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mushroom mixture to the bowl with the chicken.
Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in the same pan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk, broth, cream, nutmeg, remaining 1 3/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Increase the heat to high. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens slightly, whisking often, about 1 minute.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the linguine and cook until it is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 9 minutes. Drain. Add the linguine, sauce, peas, and parsley to the chicken mixture. Toss until the sauce coats the pasta and the mixture is well blended.
Transfer the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish. Stir the cheese and breadcrumbs in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the pasta. Bake uncovered until golden brown on top and the sauce bubbles, about 25 minutes.