Lemony Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

 

This Lemony Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus was so quick to make and definitely tasty!  Ted’s comment was ” This is a real winner!”  I have to say I second that is was off the chain good!  Simple, wholesome ingredients and a speedy cook time make this dish a go-to weeknight comfort meal. You can customize this recipe using whatever ingredients you have on hand; broccoli makes a fine substitute for the asparagus, or you can omit the chicken and chicken broth and add mushrooms, fresh grated Parmesan and vegetable broth to make it vegetarian.

Serves 4                          25 minutes to make

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 oz whole-grain angel-hair pasta, broken in half
  • 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets, sliced into 12 strips
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bunch asparagus 
(about 1 lb), trimmed 
and cut diagonally into 
1 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh 
mint, divided
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (TRY: Bob’s Red Mill Sea Salt)
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium 
chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp cold organic
unsalted butter, cubed

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1.  Cook pasta 
al dente according to package directions. Reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid, drain pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium. Add chicken and cook, turning once, until golden, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3.  Stir in pasta, broth, lemon juice and butter and bring to a simmer. Add asparagus and cook, stirring, until asparagus is tender-crisp and chicken is no longer pink inside, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in ¼ cup mint and enough of the reserved cooking liquid to make a thin sauce. Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup mint.

Nutrients per serving (1/4 of recipe): calories 303, total fat: 11.5 g, sat. fat: 5 g,
 monounsaturated fat: 4 g,
 polyunsaturated fat: 1 g,
 carbs: 26 g, fiber: 4.5 g, sugars: 2 g, protein: 25 g,
 sodium: 184 mg, cholesterol: 77 mg

 

Original recipe from clean eating magazine

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