Lemony Chicken and Vegetables with Pasta

This hearty pasta and chicken dish has a bright, fresh flavour thanks to the veggies and lemon juice. One of my favourite meals about twenty years ago, I think it may have initially been inspired by one of the Milk calendars way back when. I forgot all about it till a few weeks ago and was happy my family liked it as much as I did. You can prepare all the ingredients the night before, making it a great ‘throw it together in a hurry’ meal.

This hearty meal-in-a-bowl can be prepped ahead of time for a fast weeknight supper.

This hearty meal-in-a-bowl can be prepped ahead of time for a fast weeknight supper.

Ingredients

¼ cup olive oil, divided
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in ½” pieces
2 cups small broccoli florets
½ cup diced sweet onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk
¼ cup white wine
¼ cup grated Parmesan
1 tsp grated lemon rind
juice of one lemon
salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups dried penne *
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1/2 cup sliced green onions (green tops only)

* You can even cook the pasta ahead of time – just make sure it is truly al dente (tender-firm). Reheat the pasta by dumping it in a pot of boiling water for 90 seconds and then drain and top with sauce.

Method

  • Heat water in a large pot; when boiling cook penne to al dente. While pasta cooks, prepare the sauce.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in large fry pan. Sauté chicken over high heat until cooked. Remove from pan; set aside.
  • Add 1 tablespoon more oil to pan. Sauté broccoli until just beginning to soften (you want it still quite crisp). Remove from pan; set aside.
  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Sauté onion, garlic, oregano until tender.
  • Blend in flour and stir to cook for a minute or two.
  • Gradually stir in milk, about ¼ cup at a time. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens.
  • Add wine and stir.
  • Stir in cheese, lemon rind and juice.
  • Return chicken and broccoli to pan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Heat until bubbling.
  • Serve over hot cooked pasta and sprinkle with chopped tomato and green onions.

Serves 4.

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About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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