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Chicken Scampi Pasta

Introduction:

Indulge in the delightful simplicity of our Chicken Scampi Pasta – a dish that marries succulent chicken with perfectly cooked pasta, all coated in a light garlic butter sauce. This recipe is a celebration of fresh ingredients and the aromatic allure of garlic, creating a pasta experience that’s both comforting and sophisticated. Get ready to bring the essence of Italian dining to your own table!

Why We Love This Recipe:

✔️ Tender Chicken: Juicy chicken pieces that complement the pasta beautifully. ✔️ Al Dente Perfection: Master the art of cooking pasta to achieve the ideal texture. ✔️ Light Garlic Butter Sauce: A flavorful yet delicate sauce that doesn’t overpower.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces linguine or your favorite pasta
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

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  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve a cup of pasta water and drain the rest.
  2. Season the sliced chicken with salt and black pepper.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
  5. Add minced garlic and red pepper flakes (if using) to the skillet. Sauté for about 1-2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant.
  6. Add the halved cherry tomatoes to the skillet and cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Pour in the chicken broth, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  8. Return the cooked chicken to the skillet, along with the cooked pasta. Toss everything together, adding reserved pasta water as needed to create a light sauce.

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Stir in chopped parsley and season with additional salt and black pepper if needed, and serve the Chicken Scampi Pasta hot, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese.

Notes:

  • Adjust the level of red pepper flakes to suit your spice preference.
  • Feel free to add a handful of baby spinach or arugula for extra freshness.

FAQs:

Q: Can I use a different type of pasta?

A: Absolutely! Choose your favorite pasta shape for this versatile dish.

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time?

A: While best served fresh, you can prepare components in advance and assemble before serving.

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