When did I fall out of love with pasta? Actually, I didn’t at all but somewhere along the line I stopped making it as much and then rarely photographed it. I think part of it is we don’t eat many carbs for dinner. We just found that we feel better, sleep better and then workout better in the mornings when we didn’t have carbs at night. I know, runners do the whole carb thing, but I don’t do a ton of cardio so I really didn’t need it. I love carbs for breakfast and lunch so I never gave them up, they just snuck away at dinner. Except this garlic lemon butter chicken pasta. It’s one of Cade’s favorite recipes that I make.
We already make a vegetarian version, but I got enough emails about adding chicken that I decided to show you exactly how we do it. While you could just do a plain salt and pepper chicken breast I like the punch of flavor from a good poultry seasoning so we do a yummy grilled (that smoky flavor makes the pasta 100 times better, promise.) chicken to go in the pasta.
And really, any ol’ pasta will do. I’ve always been a fan of angel hair pasta so that’s what I prefer. When I was little I didn’t love spaghetti but my mom told me about angel hair and I was sold. I’m sure it was just the name, “Angel Hair” that I was sucked in by. I can hear the harps now…
What is the Difference Between Spaghetti and Angel Hair Pasta?
The only real difference is in the size of the pasta.
Angel Hair pasta is very thin, much thinner than Spaghetti.
How Do You Know When Grilled Chicken is Done?
The best way to tell is to use a thermometer.
Dark meat should be cooked to 165 degrees.
White meat should reach a temperature of 160 degrees.
If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can do a touch test.
Chicken, when fully cooked should feel firm to the touch, rather than jiggly or rubbery.
You can also slice into the meat to make sure that it is opaque in color.
Can Grilled Chicken Be Frozen?
If you grilled more chicken than you can use in a few days, you can certainly freeze the left-overs.
While frozen cooked chicken will lose some of its flavor, it can be used in other recipes.
Garlic Lemon Butter Chicken Pasta
For the chicken
For the sauce
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 439 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 96mg Sodium: 408mg Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 8g Protein: 26g