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Lemon Cream Basil Pasta with Chicken

This recipe is not only fast, easy, but flavorful! I love cooking with lemon. It is a great flavor enhancer! I find it is a great healthy choice! You use less salt, natural flavors. Lemon is fantastic on fresh vegetables too! You don't need butter if you use lemon! My favorite is broccoli with lemon!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 pieces boneless skinless chicken breast
  • chicken seasonings: season salt, garlic powder, black pepper, I like a dash of dill weed, 1 lemon quartered
  • 1 lb mezze penne pasta cooked, al dente
  • 1-1/2 cup half n half
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • Garnish with, a few small basil leaves and a bit of parsley

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pound chicken with a mallet, then season on both sides and squeeze the lemon on both sides.
  3. Place in a glass cooking dish that is greased. I use spray oil. Bake for 30 minutes, turning over once halfway.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring a pot of water to a boil, salt it and half cook your pasta. Then drain. Set aside!
  5. Using the same pan, add chicken broth, lemon zest, garlic powder, and black pepper, bring to a boil and add lemon juice and pasta. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until all liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  6. Cut up chicken into bite size pieces and stir into cooked pasta, along with half n half and lemon zest. Cook, stirring, over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove
  7. Let it sit with a cover! Serve with Parmesan shredded cheese or grated cheese!
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