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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Healthy Lemon Basil Pasta with Italian Skillet Chicken

I decided a light, healthy meal was appropriate after all that delicious carrot cake last week! This is a quick and simple meal and the flavors are nice and bright. Remember that basil plant I got a few months ago at the farmers market? It's still alive!

It you know anything about me, well, that's a huge accomplishment. I once managed to kill my sisters orchid plant in one weekend when I was supposed to be taking care of it. Who does that? Needless to say, I've never been asked to plant-sit again!

Healthy Lemon Basil Pasta with Italian Skillet Chicken
     serves 4-6
3 large chicken breasts
1 T Italian seasoning
1 lb whole wheat penne pasta
Zest and juice from 1 lemon
1 T olive oil
About 15 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
Parmesan cheese for topping

Start by heating a large skillet on medium heat. Coat chicken breasts with Italian seasoning and cook in skillet until cooked through. Let chicken rest on cutting board for a few minutes once cooked so the juices redistribute and the chicken will stay moist.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to box directions (I find that adding pasta to boiling water and cooking for 7 minutes will give you the perfect "al dente" bite). Drain pasta and pout into the skillet that the chicken was cooked in. Add olive oil, lemon zest and juice and stir to combine. Slice chicken and add to skillet. Add basil and give everything a quick stir. Plate and serve warm.

Thinly slice or grate Parmesan cheese on top of pasta. Use spent lemon and extra basil for plating (optional).

I love the little flecks of the lemon zest resting on the pasta. YUM!

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  1. Chicken with lemon, pasta with basil, what's not to love about this dish? It sounds Delish!


  2. ohh wow! that looks amazing! ill be giving this a try very soon!

  3. Oh I used to kill plants ALL the time! Once, when my son was three, he named our house plant which I then killed and traumatized the poor boy. Haven't bought a single plant since then! Except herbs, but mother nature grows those... Beautiful chicken!

  4. Italian foods are very tasty and I love Italian dish a lot. Lemon Basil Pasta is one of those. It's delicious and healthy for health. Thanks

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