Saturday, March 3, 2012

Grilled Chicken with Lemon Parmesan Pasta

GRILLED CHICKEN WITH LEMON PARMESAN PASTA 

GRILLED CHICKEN 
  • 1-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 3 lemons, juiced 
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper 

MARINATE CHICKEN
1. In a bowl whisk olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, parsley, salt, & pepper. Place fresh chicken breasts in a gallon sized ZipLock bag, pour marinade in the bag coating the chicken, & place in the fridge for 2-24 hours. 

GRILL CHICKEN 
2. When chicken is marinated, cook on a grill for 5-7 minutes on each side or until chicken is fully cooked with no pink inside. Let chicken sit on a plate, do not cut until ready to serve.

COOK PASTA 
1. Follow cooking directions according to type of pasta, 
I use penne & cook until it was al dente. 

2. Drain pasta, save a 1/4 cup hot pasta water for sauce, then drizzle a teaspoon of oil over hot pasta, coat evenly. 

MAKE SAUCE 
  • 4-6 cups cooked pasta 
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 stick butter 
  • 2 lemons, juiced 
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream 
  • 1/4 cup half & half 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper 
  • 1/8 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped 
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1. In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic cook for a few seconds, squeeze in the juice of both lemons, then whisk. Pour in cream and half & half. Continue to whisk until it is hot. Add cheese and whisk until melted then sprinkle in salt & pepper. If the consistency is too think add some hot pasta water a tablespoon at a time. Toss pasta while sauce is hot, plate, & top with chopped basil. 

PLATE FINISHED PRODUCT 
2. Top with grilled chicken & serve. 

STORY BEHIND THE DISH
This pasta was a recreation of a dish from another food blog, pioneer women, it looked good so I thought I would try it out & adjust it to my liking. It turned out amazing. I have used the chicken recipes in many dishes & it always turns out perfect.

MODIFICATIONS 

You can use any type of pasta for this dish. Grilled salmon would also pair very well.

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