Easy Lemon Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

·         1 pound dried penne

·         2 chicken cutlets, cut into fingers

·         Salt and freshly ground black pepper

·         3 cloves garlic, sliced

·         1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

·         3 tablespoons olive oil

·         3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

·         2 lemons, juiced

·         1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Directions

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente. Drain well.

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large grill pan over medium high and add chicken. Grill until golden and completely cooked. Remove to a plate and slice.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to a saute pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and saute until fragrant. Add the cooked pasta and turn heat off. Mix all together.

Remove pasta to a large bowl. Add chicken to the warm pasta and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in chopped parsley. Add the juice of 2 lemons and mix. Before serving top with Parmesan.

Found at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/down-home-with-the-neelys/easy-lemon-pasta-with-chicken-recipe/index.html

By far this recipe is one of the easiest I have ever made. I did a few things differently than the recipe calls for. First off, I sliced the chicken before cooking it so each individual piece would cook a bit faster. I also used a few tablespoons of EVOO to cook the chicken. I did not have any garlic cloves so I used some garlic powder, which worked fine. On the same note I did not have any fresh parsley so I used dry parsley. Using dry seasonings makes this an easy dish to pull together without having to go to the grocery store. A nice way to make this dish a little healthier is to use whole wheat penne which also adds a nice flavor. Lastly, I added a package of frozen spinach to add some green to the dish. Microwave a package of frozen spinach, wring out any water, and add to the olive oil mixture before adding the pasta. Overall this was a super delicious and easy dish to make!

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