ONE PAN LEMON CHICKEN ANGEL HAIR

May 7, 2018

The fresh and light lemon flavor makes this one of the few pasta entrees that doesn’t leave me feeling so stuffed I could hibernate for all of the upcoming winter months. Lighter, yet obviously filling. Simple, yet so bright and flavorful.

As a side note, today it struck me how strange it is that we call this “angel hair” pasta. Really surprised that marketing was not met with disdain but consumers. But ok!

SORRY AND AGAIN I just have to say I love lemon + pasta because it takes pasta’s only possible flaw (heaviness) and makes it all fresh and light feeling.

One Pan Lemon Chicken Angel Hair PastaOne Pan Lemon Chicken Angel Hair
Serves four

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
8 ounces angel hair pasta
1/2 cup grated parmesan, divided
3 tablespoons butter
1 lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
2 cups spinach
3 green onions, sliced

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until no pink remains, about 4-5 minutes on each side. Slice chicken thinly.

Saute garlic in pan for 30 seconds. And vegetable broth and spaghetti to pan. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, until liquid is absorbed.

Fold in 1/4 cup grated parmesan, butter, lemon juice, spinach, and chicken. Mix until butter is melted and evenly distributed. Top with green onion and remaining parmesan.

ONE PAN LEMON CHICKEN ANGEL HAIR
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta
  • ½ cup grated parmesan, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3 green onions, sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until no pink remains, about 4-5 minutes on each side. Slice chicken thinly.
  2. Saute garlic in pan for 30 seconds. And vegetable broth and spaghetti to pan. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, until liquid is absorbed.
  3. Fold in ¼ cup grated parmesan, butter, lemon juice, spinach, and chicken. Mix until butter is melted and evenly distributed. Top with green onion and remaining parmesan.

Adapted from Betty Crocker.

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Comments

  • Ann

    I’d like to try this but one point of confusion: it calls for angel hair pasta, which in my experience cooks perfectly al dente in 4-5 minutes. Since the recipe calls for cooking the pasta for “10-12 minutes until the liquid is absorbed,” I’m picturing the angel hair being turned into a pasty mush. How does this possibly work out to be a tasty dish when this delicate pasta is cooked for so long?

    • Rachel Schultz

      The other items in the pan slow the cooking time compared to just pasta by itself in water.

  • sydney

    I just cooked this at home and it turned out delicious! The perfect summer dish. Thanks for sharing it :)

    • Rachel Schultz

      Excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    I can’t see the other comments on the page even though it says there are 10

  • kelsi

    Never mind :)

  • kelsi

    What do you mean by chicken with sauce?

  • Kara

    How do you “prep” the chicken for this recipe?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Cooking it until no pink remains in whatever method you prefer is fine.

  • Jessica

    I made this but used Spaghetti Squash instead of the pasta. After I cooked the spaghetti squash in the microwave and removed it from the peel, i just threw it in the pan to saute it all together…very tasty!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Great info, thanks!

  • I cannot wait to make this–I think lemon pasta is one of the truly great bases for any combination of greens and proteins. One I love to make is lemon pasta with grilled shrimp and broccoli rabe : )

    • Rachel Schultz

      Sounds yummy. Thank you!

  • This sounds like my kind of dish! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I am putting the ingredients on my grocery list right now and can’t wait to try it!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Great! Hope it’s a success.

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