Recipe by Cooknfool
This recipe is compliments of Cook's Country Magazine and I just wanted to make sure I didn't lose it. This is sooooo good and even better leftover the next day. I used spinach as that was what I had on hand. I've found it's more appetizing if you toss in the fresh spinach leaves just before serving letting the heat from the pasta wilt it just a bit. Otherwise, the spinach gets overcooked and turns into clumps. I also like to sprinkle each serving with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1⁄2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (or equivalent amount of chicken tenders)
- salt and pepper
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 5 ounces baby arugula
- 1⁄2 cup basil, chopped
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice (2 lemons)
- 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
Directions See How It's Made
- Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot.
- Meanwhile, combine garlic, pepper flakes and oil in bowl and microwave until garlic is golden and fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer 1 tablespoon garlic oil mixture to large skillet and heat over medium-high heat until just smoking.
- Add chicken and cook until well browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.
- Transfer to cutting board and tent with foil.
- Let rest 5 minutes and then slice thin and set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente.
- Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water.
- Drain pasta and return to pot.
- Stir in sliced chicken, arugula or spinach, basil, lemon juice, Parmesan and remaining garlic mixture, adding reserved pasta water as needed.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve with sprinkling of grated Parmesan.