Garlic Chicken Pasta with Spinach

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Guess what? I’m actually sharing a recipe today that isn’t a dessert. No sugar or chocolate are involved. Yes, we actually do occasionally eat healthy at my house. Just in case you were wondering if I feed my family brownies for dinner. (I don’t, even if they beg.)

This is another recipe from Melanie’s blog– garlic chicken pasta with spinach. She never fails me. It came together really fast, which is always a bonus. I loved the fresh flavor of the lemon juice with the saltiness of the Parmesan cheese. The chicken has a nice garlic-y taste, and it has just a bit of kick from the red pepper. Delicious! I can’t wait to make it again! 


Garlic Chicken Pasta with Spinach

6 Tbsp olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
3 chicken breasts, cubed
Salt and pepper
1# penne pasta
5 oz fresh spinach (I used a bit less)
1 Tbsp dried basil, or 1/2 cup fresh
6 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup parmesan cheese
Heat olive oil, garlic, and red pepper in a small glass bowl in the microwave for about 1 minute to blend flavors. Pour about 1 Tbsp of the flavored oil in a skillet. Salt and pepper chicken and cook in the oil over medium high heat till browned and juices run clear. Cook pasta in salted water, drain well. Add cooked chicken and all remaining ingredients to the pasta. Stir in the rest of the flavored olive oil. Toss lightly till all ingredients are well combined. Serve immediately.


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