Pasta is a favorite at our house, so I am always looking for new recipes. I found this Lemon Chicken Pasta recipe over at Mel's Kitchen Cafe and knew I had to give it a try. Melanie said that it is packed with delicious flavor, and I will have to agree. I've never used cajun seasoning before, but I went out and bought some just for this recipe. The whole family liked it, and I didn't think it was too spicy at all. The lemon added a nice fresh flavor, and the combination of seasonings was just yummy!
This recipe is quite simple, but the chicken does need time to marinate, so make sure you plan ahead.
1/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp cajun seasoning
juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp dried parsley or 2 Tbsp fresh
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2-3 chicken breasts, sliced
1# pasta, cooked in salted water and drained
2 Tbsp olive oil
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
3 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup fresh parsley or 1 Tbsp dried parsley
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
For marinade: Combine all ingredient in a gallon sized ziploc bag, adding chicken last. Zip bag closed, and mix all together till chicken is well coated. Refrigerate for 3-12 hours.
To prepare: Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Add the entire contents of the ziplock bag and saute until chicken is cooked through. (Cook the pasta while the chicken is cooking.)
Combine the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, green onions, and parsley in a small bowl. Set aside.
Return the cooked pasta to the pan you cooked it in. Pour the olive oil/lemon mixture over the pasta and toss to coat. Add the cooked chicken and the remaining sauce in the skillet to the pasta. Toss well. Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yummo!