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Easy Lemon Chicken Pasta

Easy Lemon Chicken Pasta

This easy lemon chicken pasta is full of flavor! It's a delicious, weeknight meal that you will love. The bright flavor of the lemon, mixed with the subtle leeks, spinach, and parmesan is unbelievably good!

Easy Lemon Chicken Pasta. A fresh, delicious lunch or dinner that's ready in 30 minutes | This Healthy Table

I've been reaching out to readers and people who I'd like as my readers in my target audience, to ask what kinds of recipes they'd like to see on the blog. The overwhelming response I've been getting is that people want more options for healthy, quick weeknight meals. 

This recipe is just that - it comes together quickly and is both comfort food and also full of healthy veggies and chicken. It packs well for lunch, so you can save some for leftovers! It uses ingredients that are in season (for the most part) year round and there's nothing overly fussy or complicated about it. 

It's exactly the sort of dinner I enjoy, and I hope you will too!

Easy Lemon Chicken Pasta. A fresh, delicious lunch or dinner that's ready in 30 minutes | This Healthy Table
Easy Lemon Chicken Pasta. A fresh, delicious lunch or dinner that's ready in 30 minutes | This Healthy Table

The only part of this recipe that I found tricky was remembering to save at least a cup of the cooking water! Because the water is so full of starch from cooking the pasta, it will help keep the ingredients together and create a thicker sauce with the juices from the leeks and spinach and the melted cheese. 


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Easy Lemon Chicken Pasta
This easy lemon chicken pasta is full of flavor! It's a delicious, weeknight meal that you will love.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound pasta (I used penne)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • leek leek, sliced into rounds (white & light green part only)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced into half moons
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
Instructions
1. Heat olive oil in a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, place chicken breasts in a sealed plastic bag and with a mallet, pound to 1/2 inch thickness. 2. Cook chicken in pan for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through (165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer)3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain when cooked and reserve 1 cup of the cooking water. 4. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and when slightly cooled, cut into strips. 5. Heat the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. When melted, add the leeks and garlic. Cook until soft (about 5 minutes). Then add the lemon juice, zest, and lemon slices. Cook for another 2 minutes. Then stir in the reserved water. 6. Add the chicken and spinach to the pot and stir to combine. Let cook until spinach is wilted. 7. Add the cooked pasta and the parmesan cheese to the pot and stir to combine. Serve and enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition Information per serving

486 calories | 15 grams fat | 4 grams sugar | 31 grams protein |

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