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Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta

I am not a pasta person, at all. I hardly ever crave pasta. I first made this recipe for a dinner I hosted. I found a recipe that I wanted to copy but didn’t have any of the ingredients so I tossed this together on a whim. It turned out PHENOMENAL. My guests still talk about this pasta dish until this day.

Prep Tips

I don’t like my food to be too garlicky. In typical recipes, you’ll see 5 cloves of garlic. Instead, I smash the garlic (place knife flat on top of the loaf and apply pressure. I cook these in the mix until the chicken is done and then remove them so I don’t accidentally bite into the garlic.

Also in other recipes you’ll see the lemon zest being added later on but I noticed that doing it with the butter and garlic brings out the flavors.

This would also taste delicious with shrimp and would be a lot quicker too!

AuthorNureen SCategory, DifficultyBeginner

Yields5 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time20 mins

 1 lb boneless skinless chicken legs and thighs, in cubes
 ½ lb spaghetti noodles
 3 garlic cloves, smashed
 2 tsp lemon zest
 1 lemon, juiced
 1 tsp salt
 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
 1 tsp Paprika
 ¼ cup butter
 ¼ cup olive oil
 ¼ cup water
 1 tsp basil

1

Boil the spaghetti noodles and set aside

2

Pat dry chicken and season with salt, black pepper, and paprika

3

Melt butter in a pot.

4

Saute smashed garlic and lemon zest in the butter until it becomes fragrant

5

Toss in the chicken and cook until the chicken is tender, about 10 minutes.

6

Turn heat low and add in the noodles, olive oil, water and basil. Mix well.

Serve hot. Garnish with basil and freshly shaved parmesan.

Ingredients

 1 lb boneless skinless chicken legs and thighs, in cubes
 ½ lb spaghetti noodles
 3 garlic cloves, smashed
 2 tsp lemon zest
 1 lemon, juiced
 1 tsp salt
 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
 1 tsp Paprika
 ¼ cup butter
 ¼ cup olive oil
 ¼ cup water
 1 tsp basil

Directions

1

Boil the spaghetti noodles and set aside

2

Pat dry chicken and season with salt, black pepper, and paprika

3

Melt butter in a pot.

4

Saute smashed garlic and lemon zest in the butter until it becomes fragrant

5

Toss in the chicken and cook until the chicken is tender, about 10 minutes.

6

Turn heat low and add in the noodles, olive oil, water and basil. Mix well.

Serve hot. Garnish with basil and freshly shaved parmesan.

Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta

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