Sunday, January 17, 2010

Easy Lemon Pasta with Chicken

Easy Lemon Pasta with Chicken

Original Recipe:


  • 1 pound dried penne
  • 2 chicken cutlets, cut into fingers
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan


Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente. Drain well.

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large grill pan over medium high and add chicken. Grill until golden and completely cooked. Remove to a plate and slice.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to a saute pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and saute until fragrant. Add the cooked pasta and turn heat off. Mix all together.

Remove pasta to a large bowl. Add chicken to the warm pasta and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in chopped parsley. Add the juice of 2 lemons and mix. Before serving top with Parmesan.

Changes I Made:

On this recipe I made a lot of changes. First off for the pasta I used Ronzoni Smart Taste. I used the whole box. For the chicken I used 6 small chicken tenderloins. I used crushed garlic because that is what I had. I only used 2 tablespoons of olive oil. I only used 1 lemon. I didn't use any parmesan cheese, but honestly it was because I totally forgot it. I also added some garlic powder when seasoning the chicken. Then added some McCormick grill seasoning to the pasta. If you haven't noticed yet I like seasonings.

Served With:

We ate it with corn because that is what we already had in the freezer.


My Fiance: Liked it, but wanted a thicker sauce. He also thought I should have used another half of lemon.

My Review: I thought it was really refreshing. This is the first lemon dish that I actually liked. I've always turned my nose up to lemon. For some reason I saw the Neely's making this on the food network this morning and it just looked very good. I am very happy with it.

WW Points:

5 points if you make it 7 servings!

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