Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta


I have always had a black thumb. I killed everything that entered my house that had leaves. My house was the place that plants came to die. I mean, I killed a cactus. Yup, I am the one with the dried out soil, leaves and vegetation all over the floor, and the weeping of all that is green surrounding my house.

That was until a few weeks ago when I moved into our new house! I decided to just go for it and start a container garden. I was going to give myself one shot, one chance at getting this right. If everything were to die, that would be my sign that it wasn't not meant to be. 

To my surprise, everything is flourishing! I hate to complain, but it's flourishing a little too much! I had to use a whole cup of parsley today just because it was getting out of control! I have to re-pot my herbs and veggies because they're doing so well! Sure it's a good problem to have, just not one I was ever prepared for. 


That brings me to my recipe today. I had recently gone to the local farm and stocked up on a few weeks of meat. Tonight I knew I wanted to have some chicken and I was craving pasta, but I was sick of the same old recipes. I wanted something new, something fresh. That's when I took one look at my out of control parsley and the few lemons I had in the fridge, and it came to me. Call it it eureka moment.

I made the most delicious Lemon garlic chicken pasta tonight! It was so easy and quick. My son has been going through some terrible two's they call it but I say it's just "growing pains", but anywhoo I made this dish with my son literally around my ankles. No seriously, he was sitting on the floor holding on to my leg. Yup, it's that easy and quick you can do it with a toddler strapped to your leg!

Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta

Ingredients:
3-4 Chicken breast cut into 1" cubes
8oz linguine (half a 1lbs box)
1 cup loose leaf parsley (fresh and not chopped)
1 cup cherry/grape tomatoes (quartered)
1 clove garlic (grated)
3 tbs olive oil
1 Lemon (juiced)
salt/pepper to taste
grated parmesan cheese (optional)

How To Make:

I'm going to break this up into two parts - the stove top parts then the sauce/dressing.

Stove Top:

1. Start water for pasta

2. Put 1tbs of olive oil in a large saut√© pan on medium heat. 

3. Once heated add all of the chicken and cook until browned on all sides.

4. Add the tomatoes and parsley and set aside on low heat - stirring occasionally. 




Sauce/Dressing

1. Mix 2 tbs of olive oil and the juice of one lemon into a dish

2. Grate one clove of garlic

3. Add salt and pepper to taste

4. Whisk and you're done!

I know what you're thinking: this doesn't look like a lot of sauce for all that chicken and pasta!  Trust me, it is!

Put It All Together!

1. Drain pasta and add it to the chicken pan

2. Add the lemon-garlic sauce

3. Mix all together and enjoy!

Optional: Add grated parmesan and toss



21 Day Fix
Serving: 1 Cup
1 Y
1/2 R
1/4 G
2 tsp

30 comments:

  1. This looks delicious! I have a black thumb as well. :-( However, at one time I was able to grow herbs. They were growing as if they were weeds!! I had to use as much as I could, and should have started sending some of it to work with my husband, but it's all hindsight now. They all finally died, but it did take forever.

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  2. This looks so yummy! Definitely something I think my hubby would like too. I really need to try a container garden...we love using fresh herbs!

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  3. How many servings does this make?

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  4. How many servings does this make?

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    1. Did you figure this out? I'm also wondering.

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  5. I'm making this today, hoping there will be enough for 5 lunches. I'll let you know how many servings it yields.

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  6. Is the chicken one pound? There is such a variation on chicken breast size...

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  7. This was great. The chicken itself was a little bland so I think next time I might through in a little garlic and onion while I am browning it.

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  9. I love pasta, This is something special. Wow!!!! I need to try it. after that i will let you know my experience with this special item. :)

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  10. I've made this a couple of times in the last 2 months since I found the recipe. SO yummy!! I also sometimes add a little bit of spinach OR Kale with the parsley just for some extra "greenage". It's so good. Thank you for sharing!!

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  11. This look excellent, I'll be trying it tonight!

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    On the other hand, this pasta dish is delicious!!! It made enough for 2 1 cup servings (for me) and 2 almost 2 cup servings for my husband. So it would definitely make 5-6 servings.

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  13. Absolutely delicious recipe, my daughter and I are on the 21 day fix, but even my husband and son enjoyed this. Will definitely make again!

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  14. Made this for dinner and loved it! We subbed spinach for the parsley since we didn't have any but we still loved it! Going on the meal rotation for sure :)

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