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Lemon Angel HairYes, another pasta dish.  What can I say- I love me some carbs! This dish made me very happy- there’s something about creamy pasta that just makes your heart smile 🙂  I tell myself that it’s still healthy because of the spinach- does anyone else do that? Yes? Ok good.

Lemon Angel Hair with Chicken and Spinach

(original source)

What you’ll need:

For the chicken:
  • 2-4 boneless chicken breasts with or without rib meat
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. pepper
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. onion powder
  • 1/2 t. paprika
  • 2-3 T. olive oil

For the pasta:

  • 1/2 lb angel hair pasta
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 t. crushed red pepper
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 3/4 c. half-and-half
  • 1 c. Parmesan, grated (or shredded)
  • 1 c. baby spinach, stems removed
  • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil

What to do:

For the chicken:

  • Mix salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika in a small bowl. Coat the chicken breasts in the seasoning, rubbing in to coat.
  • Pour olive oil in the bottom of a Dutch oven, and heat to med-high. When nice and hot, add chicken to the pan (in batches if necessary). Cook 2-3 min per side. If any chicken has been removed, add it back to the Dutch oven.
  • Place uncovered Dutch oven in a 350 degree F oven for 25 minutes or until juices run clear. Let sit on a plate 5-10 minutes before cutting into chunks.

For the pasta:

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Salt the water well, and add pasta.
  • Heat a large skillet over low heat. Add oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Cook until the oil sizzles (about 7-10 minutes).
  • Add lemon juice, half-and-half, and a ladle of the pasta water to the garlic oil mixture. Raise the heat to med-low to med heat until the sauce begins to bubble.
  • Drain pasta – DO NOT RINSE. Add the pasta, zest, and 1/2 c. Parmesan to the cream sauce. Toss for a minute or two.
  • Add chicken and spinach, and toss until well distributed. Top with remaining cheese.