Lemon Spaghetti with Chicken and Spinach

Here’s another pasta dish I found while browsing around looking for something new to make for dinner. I didn’t want to go buy a bunch of ingredients I didn’t already have, so that played a factor in my choosing this. It did look delicious though, and all I needed were fresh lemons, something I always keep on hand anyway. After cooking the chicken and cutting it up, this came together quickly.

You want your chicken to be tasty, so the first thing to do is season it with this homemade seasoning mix. Equal amounts of garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper and onion powder. I think I will keep a jar of this mixed up and ready to go. It made the chicken super tasty!
Heat olive oil over medium high heat. While oil is heating, coat chicken with the seasoning. Carefully add the chicken to the hot oil and cook 2-3 minutes per side.
Once chicken is browned on both sides, put the chicken into a 350 degree oven and bake until juices run clear. Depending on the thickness of the breast, this time can vary from 10-20 minutes.

Once the chicken is in the oven, start a pot of water boiling for your noodles. The original recipe I found called for angel hair. Spaghetti noodles work just as well, so that’s what I used. Zest two lemons, grate one cup of parmesan and mince 4 cloves of garlic. This will make the next steps go quickly which means the sooner you can stuff this into your face eat!
Pour olive oil into a skillet and add garlic and crushed red pepper. Adjust the heat to between low and medium low. Cook garlic and pepper for about 7 minutes being careful not to burn garlic. Cut back on the crushed peppers if you have kids or people that don’t like lots of spice. This definitely had a kick to it!
Add half and half and lemon juice.
Because of the lemon juice, the half and half will curdle a bit. Don’t worry!! This is OK. Add a ladle of the pasta water before draining noodles.

Add noodles, lemon zest, and half of the Parmesan cheese.
20130801-081816.jpgStir together until cheese melts and sauce coats the noodles. I stopped here and asked my husband if he would like me to set aside some noodles for him before adding the spinach. He said no!! But… he did pick out all the spinach in the beginning and ate it first so he could enjoy the dish. Funny husband. Baby steps.
Add cut up chicken and spinach to the skillet and toss around until the spinach a a little wilted.
20130801-082619.jpgServe in a big BIG pasta bowl and top with more Parmesan. Oh boy this was good. Deliciously lemony and spicy at the same time.

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