Thursday, July 5, 2012

Lemon Rosemary chicken

For this meal I made Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Lemon pappardelle Pasta & side of roasted sweet potato & garlic. My family loved it, it was light, healthy & kind of fancy!

Trader Joe's Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Pasta - 1 bag
1/2 bag plain pappardelle pasta
1 Lemon
Balsamic vinegar
Wegman's Lemon Pepper chicken breasts
2 Sweet Potatoes
1 twig rosemary
Parmesan cheese
Olive oil
Fresh Chives

This recipe I took some shortcuts. I was pretty proud though, had very little time, was running to a baseball game, yet made an elegant, healthy meal in no time! Other parents were ordering pizza. Think ahead, have ingredients on hand & you can whip this up quickly!

Peel the Sweet potato & cut into cubes. Toss with 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper & some chopped rosemary & Roast in oven 400 degrees for about 1 hour (usually less), until golden brown.

Meanwhile, Cook Lemon chicken in grill pan. Put olive oil in pan to prevent sticking. Squeeze lemon juice over chicken as it's cooking & sprinkle rosemary sprigs, chopped over chicken also. I keep de-glazing the pan with white wine and chicken broth (I had a box in fridge). When chicken is done, browned on both sides, I cut chives over to garnish.

While the sweet potatoes/garlic & chicken are cooking, I boil the lemon pepper pappardelle with 1/2 bag of plain pappardelle. You could use all lemon pepper, but I thought that would be a little overpowering for the kids.

Plate the pasta, put chicken on top & some of the pan gravy (drippings/wine) & side of sweet potato with a clove of roasted garlic. Serve with a glass of the wine you used to deglaze the pan with. Delish! Enjoy! Easy, quick, healthy AND elegant.


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