Now on to the food.............I'm not a huge fan of the Neely's show on the Food Network (they are a bit too lovey-dovey for my taste), but their recipes... well, try this one and tell me what you think :) Seriously, this is good. I've made this a ton of times since I came across it. Chris loves it..I love it...its probably the second favorite pasta dish in our house (Bacon & Tomato pasta being #1). This is light, fresh, and very easy.
By the way, this works with tuna fish too. I've wanted to make this dish before and realized I didn't have chicken thawed out, so I just substituted a can of tuna and it was amazingly good! If you used tuna packed in oil you could cut the amount of oil by at least 1 tablespoon. You don't even need to heat the tuna, just toss it with the pasta, it will warm up quickly.
Lemon Pasta with Chicken
Adapted from The Neelys
Ingredients:1 pound dried penne or ziti
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
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 according to package directions. Drain well.
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium high and add chicken. Cook until golden and completely cooked. Remove to a plate.
Add olive oil to the same skillet. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. 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. Enjoy!