This “really good” Lemon Chicken Pasta is very aptly named – it’s really good! It’s light and flavorful too.Now for today’s Lovely Lemon recipe…..
We have been enjoying almost summer like weather here in Portland.
Don’t worry, I know, it won’t last but we sure have enjoyed it!
We had today’s Lovely Lemon recipe for dinner this week during our summer like weather even eating with the windows open – what a treat.
Today’s savory lemon recipe is from Nurse Heidi who shares lots of yummy recipes over at Food for Thought.
This recipe is a Nurse Heidi original and her kids named it! And I have to say that my family agrees that this is “Really Good” Noodles and Chicken!
Not being a fan of heavy cream sauces the light lemon flavored sauce in this dish is just right. The addition of bacon, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese are wonderful.
The honey, rosemary and lemon grilled chicken makes a perfect addition and would be wonderful on a salad too.
Is spring making an appearance at your house? Even if it’s not you are going to want to try this “Really Good” Noodles and Chicken!
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 T. fresh rosemary, minced
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- 3 T. honey
- 8 ounces thin spaghetti (I prefer Barilla Plus)
- 2 T. butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup real bacon bits
- ½ cup cream
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 3 roma tomatoes, seeds and core removed, diced
- 2 T. capers (optional)
- Start a pot of water boiling to cook the pasta
- Spray your BBQ grill rack with nonstick spray and fire it up
- Sprinkle salt, pepper and rosemary on each chicken breast and grill for 7-8 minutes on the first side
- In a small bowl, mix 2 T. of freshly squeezed lemon juice and the honey together, then brush it on the tops of the chicken breasts before flipping them over
- Brush the underside as well, and grill for a few more minutes until they are cooked through (actual cooking time will depend on how thick the breast is, and you could certainly pound them thinner to start with to make it go faster).
- Remove to a plate and cover to keep warm
- Toss your noodles into the boiling salted water if you haven't already
- Once they are nearly done cooking, begin making the sauce
- It comes together quickly. In a large skillet, melt 2 T. butter then add the garlic
- Saute and stir for 2-3 minutes, then add the bacon bits and cook for another minute
- Stir in the remaining lemon juice and all of the zest, then the cream
- Stir in the cooked and drained noodles, adding a tablespoon or two of the pasta water if needed to thin the sauce
- Slice the chicken breasts thinly
- Stir in the roma tomatoes and parmesan cheese (and capers if you so desire - I'm the only one that likes them around here, so I tossed a few on my own plate), and serve immediately with a portion of chicken breast strips on top of the pile of pasta