Lightened Up Lemon Broccoli Chicken Pasta
Quick and healthy Lemon Broccoli Chicken Pasta. Fresh spring flavors of broccoli florets, garlic, lemon juice and zest with sauteed chicken and whole-wheat pasta.
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Within this post you’ll make a lightened up chicken pasta that full of fresh flavor. Plus you’ll learn the skinny on whole wheat pasta…pun intended.
Triple lemon. Yep we’re going all out with this Lightened Up Lemon Broccoli Chicken Pasta recipe. With spring in full effect and summer closing in, I’m focusing on fresh, light and healthy recipes. Seasonal produce brings new ingredient themes and inspiration, and lemon broccoli is an ideal pairing of rich flavors that fit a better for you lifestyle.
How do I pack so much lemon flavor in there your ask? To start, chicken breast pieces are sauteed in light olive oil with lemon pepper seasoning and fresh minced garlic. Then fresh (ideally organic) broccoli florets are cooked just a moment and kept tender and crisp. Lemon juice and fresh lemon zest is added as the final punch to this fresh lightened up lemon broccoli chicken pasta.
It wouldn’t be pasta without some sort of noodles. I’m all for balanced nutrients, which includes whole-wheat and complex carbs. Barilla Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti, cooked al dente, is a perfect choice as the base for this healthy recipe. Made simply from 100% whole wheat, it’s full of flavor without any unwanted ingredients. Look for their ProteinPlus, Veggie, or Gluten Free varieties as well. Plus buy any 3 select varieties and earn $1 with this Ibotta coupon.
Top with a bit of fresh grated Parmesan cheese for simple meal ready in less than 30 minutes. The textures, flavors and aromas will have you smiling as you’re transported by the the sensation of a cool summer breeze and fresh lemon scent. On that note, this Lemon Broccoli Chicken works as cold pasta salad and packs well for a unique picnic or potluck dish.
Cooking Tips: Is whole-wheat pasta good for you and what’s it made of?
In my opinion, absolutely! 100% whole-grain pasta includes all three layers of the wheat kernel: the bran, the germ and the endosperm. Because it is not refined, it includes valuable fiber and nutrients. Enjoy as part of a balanced meal, plus extra fiber has the added benefit of making you feel full longer. If you require gluten-free, there’s alternatives, including corn, rice and oat based pastas. Barilla has plenty of gluten-free varieties to chose from.
Lemon Broccoli Chicken Pasta recipe at-a-glance:
Flavor profiles: Fresh, vibrant flavors or lemon and garlic paired with savory chicken and broccoli
Texture: Crisp, crunchy broccoli with tender chicken and al denta whole wheat pasta
Dietary options/substitutions: For GF use Barilla gluten-free pasta
Lightened Up Lemon Broccoli Chicken Pasta
- 1 (13.25-ounce) package Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti
- 6 tablespoons light olive oil divided (not extra-virgin)
- 3-4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless , cut into ½-inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 3 cups small broccoli florets
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons fresh grated lemon zest
- Parmesan cheese as garnish
Cook desired amount of pasta according to package directions; I used half a package. Cook al dente (firm), remove from heat and drain. Stir in 2-tbs olive oil to prevent sticking.
Meanwhile: Heat 2-tbs olive oil in a large pan or skillet to medium-high heat. Add chicken pieces and cook 5-7 minutes, stirring often until opaque and mostly cooked. Turn heat to high and add garlic, saute 3-4 minutes more to lightly brown chicken. Remove chicken from pan.
Heat remaining olive oil in pan. Add broccoli and saute 3-4 minutes. Do not over-cook as broccoli should be crisp.
Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, lemon zest, cooked chicken and pasta. Serve with Parmesan as garnish.
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