This morning I took out chicken from the freeze to defrost, which means I'm making something with chicken in it for dinner. I asked Ben what he wanted and he said Lemon Asparagus. Lemon Asparagus by the way is one of Ben's favorite dishes. He almost ate all of them before they made it in to this dish. So I was thinking what can I make with chicken and lemon asparagus, hmm well we could just grill up some chicken, but that seemed boring. So I came up with this almost gourmet chicken pasta dish.
Fettuccine with Chicken, Lemon Asparagus & Sun-dried Tomatoes
1/2 box of Fettuccine Pasta
2 chicken breasts
Pam or oil to coat
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup white wine
7 sun-dried tomatoes, sliced into strips
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Place a medium pot of water on to boil. While waiting for the water to come up, sautee chicken in a pan with a little bit of oil or Pam to coat the bottom . We cut our chicken into bite size pieces so that they would cook faster and would be the right size for eating, cook over medium to high heat. Dust chicken with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, make sure to go light with the salt especially because sun dried tomatoes are very salty and you don't want to go over board with the salt in the end. Brown on both sides and continue until almost cooked all the way through. Add in 1/4 cup of white wine to get any chicken pieces that have stuck to the bottom of the pan up, and create a bit of a sauce.
Cook pasta according to the directions on the package.
Add one recipe of lemon asparagus to the chicken, white wine mixture. I also cut these bite size, if everything in the end is about the same size it much easier to eat. Since these are already cooked, you just want to toss them in while the chicken is finishing up to meld the favors together. Let simmer until chicken is fully cooked and wine has reduced. Drain pasta and add it to the chicken asparagus mixture, you want to let the pasta absorb some of the flavors from the chicken, asparagus, lemon and wine. Finally add in chopped sun dried tomatoes and just toss to mix everything together.
Serve with Parmesan cheese on top if you like, and enjoy.
This is a light but hearty meal that is pretty easy and healthy. You cannot go wrong with it. Use whatever veggies you have on hand to switch up this meal and reinvent it over again. I think it was more stratifying than the typical "chicken, broccoli and ziti" meal that you find at any restaurant. Without the cream sauce it makes this meal a lot healthier and a bit more interesting with the asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes than boring old broccoli.