Friday, May 29, 2009
Anytime Chris says something is good, you know it's good. Anytime he says so, without being asked, you know it's really good. And anytime he actually likes the "hidden" vegetables, you know you have a winner! That was the Lemon cream pasta dish that used the left over Garlic lemon chicken from the other night. Here are both recipes for you, note that I added spinach at the same time I added the cream to the pasta. Next time I'll add more... I found both recipes on the My Kitchen Cafe blog -
Lemon and Garlic Grilled Chicken
from Erin W. (from the sisters cafe)
Juice of 1 lemon, approximately 3 tablespoons
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic, about 2 medium cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pound chicken breasts (I usually cut really thick chicken breasts down to thin them out and make the pieces a little smaller so they absorb the marinade better)
Combine all marinade ingredients. Place chicken in a ziploc bag and pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag and place in fridge overnight. Grill outdoors or with an indoor grill pan.
You can double the marinade and chicken and grill it all up and freeze the extras to use later.
Lemon Cream Pasta with Chicken
adapted from allrecipes.com via My Kitchen Cafe
3 cups shredded or cubed Lemon Garlic Chicken
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 (16 ounce) package tube pasta (I used rigatoni)
2 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
In a large saucepan, season the chicken broth with the garlic powder and pepper. Bring to a boil and add lemon juice and pasta. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until all liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes.
Stir chicken into cooked pasta, along with the cream, parmesan cheese and lemon zest. Cook, stirring, over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Stir thoroughly before serving.
On the agenda for the rest of the day: breakfast and a visit with a friend, both enjoyed on the deck in the beautiful sun! Then dealing with the closing of one of Chris' house sales - YEAH GOD!, and then visiting with friends this afternoon and evening... life is good!