Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Scampi Style Chicken Pasta

This dish would taste great with some toasted pinenuts too, but I just didn't have any on hand.

1 lb egg noodles
2 Tbsp EVOO
1 lb chicken tenders, cut in thirds
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 small zucchini, diced
Juice of one lemon, plus zest of one lemon, save some zest for the garnish
1/2 cup white wine
5 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, minced
Salt & Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Crumbled feta cheese

In a medium pot, cook pasta in salted boiling water per directions (about 10 minutes).

Meanwhile, preheat EVOO in a sauté pan over high heat. I used a wok pan since you’ll be tossing the pasta with the chicken mixture afterwards and it provides more room. Add chicken and sauté for a couple minutes until browned. Remove from heat to a bowl; set aside.

Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and zucchini to the pan; sauté for about 1-2 minutes. Add the lemon juice and white wine; turn heat to high. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and let liquid reduce and zucchini to cook. Add butter, parsley, lemon zest and a couple spoonfuls of pasta cooking water and return the chicken. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Remove from the heat.

Drain the pasta and add to the pan. Toss with chicken mixture.

Serve in a shallow bowl, sprinkle with feta cheese, top with a little of lemon zest and parsley.

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