TACO TUESDAY: LEMON HERB CHICKEN PASTA DINNER—Easy to make, and only takes about an hour.
INGREDIENTS— TAKES ABOUT 55 MINUTES TO COOK—–
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound vegetable penne pasta
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
5 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 1/2 cups trimmed and sliced sugar snap peas
One 10-ounce bag frozen peas
3 cups baby spinach
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it generously. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Drain the pasta and set aside.
Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and slice it into strips.
Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add the garlic and shallot and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and sugar snap peas and cook, 2 minutes. Add the reserved pasta water and the frozen peas. Cook until the peas are just cooked through, 2 minutes more.
Add the cooked pasta, spinach, sliced chicken, chopped basil, chopped parsley and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Toss all the ingredients together to coat, season with additional salt and pepper and garnish with parsley leaves. Serve immediately. Recipe courtesy of Eddie Jackson