Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lemon Basil Pasta with Lemon Parmesan Chicken

A light and flavor packed meal that tastes like you're eating at a gourmet restaurant but is so easy it could practically cook itself! My kids loved it and it filled their bellies with great nutrition. What more could a busy cook ask for?!

Ingredients for the marinade:
1/4 cup olive oi
1 tsp each of salt and pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 lemon, zested and juiced (catch the seeds)
1 tsp basil paste (a tube in the produce dept. with the fresh herbs)
4 chicken breasts sliced thin

Ingredients for the pasta:
1 box of whole grain pasta- boiled
1 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 lemons
3 TBSP basil paste
1 tsp garlic powder

Begin the marinade around lunchtime. Add all the ingredients into a gallon zip lock bag. Massage and shake the bag around. Refigerate. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and begin baking 20 minutes before you start the pasta.

Prepare pasta and set aside. Heat oil on low in the pasta pan. Whisk in the seasonings. Toss the pasta in the oil. Done. You can dice the chicken and toss or serve it on top of the pasts. Whichever you and your family prefer. A great springtime addition would be asparagus!


  1. I was worried that the lemon in this dish would be overpowering to the kids. But it was great! I made half the portion to have it as a side dish, to try it out, and it was gone! Happy we tried this!

  2. I'm so glad! We love this one too! Thanks for trying it!