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Lemon Angel Hair With Chicken & Spinach

A delicious recipe I found one night on Pinterest when I was craving lemon chicken.  I am a sucker for creamy pastas, what can I say?  The chicken used for this recipe is a FABULOUS way to cook chicken for any casserole or recipe that calls for chunks or slices of chicken.  It's so yummy and perfectly seasoned!  For this recipe, make sure to make the Perfect Chicken first so it's ready to add to the pasta when you need it.

8oz angel hair pasta
4 garlic cloves
1/2 Tbsp crushed red pepper
Perfect Chicken (See recipe below)
2 lemons, zested and juiced
3/4 cup half-and-half
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (or shredded)
1 cup baby spinach, stems removed
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook al dente. (It will continue to cook in the sauce to make it more tender.)  While the pasta is cooking, 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), and add the pasta, zest, and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese to the cream sauce. Toss for a minute or two. Add sliced chicken and spinach, and toss until well distributed. Top with remaining cheese. 

Perfect Chicken:
2-4 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp paprika
3 tbsp olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350.  Mix the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika in a small bowl.  Rub the seasoning all over the chicken breasts.  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), and cook 2-3 min per side.  Put all the chicken back in the Dutch oven.  Place uncovered Dutch oven in the oven for 25 minutes or until juices run clear. Let sit on a plate 5-10 minutes before cutting, shredding or eating.


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