Saturday, January 28, 2012

Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata

If you are looking for a great chicken pasta recipe I highly suggest this one.
Yes Dad, pasta actually does taste good with chicken. 
Especially this chicken, I love what it was marinaded in!
The hubby loved the chicken! He is looking forward to having it again.

It is such a simple recipe too! 
You need to marinade the chicken the night before so make sure you plan for that.
I think time wise it took me about a total of 20 to 30 minutes to put this whole meal together. 

I didn't save any of the pasta water like it said to, to add to the sauce to thin it out. I should have, my sauce got a little too thick just as we were about to sit down and eat. 

Oh! I also left out capers, the Hubster doesn't do capers. I have never had a caper, that I can remember, so I am not sure how it would give this dish a different taste.
Either way I am sure it is absolutely delicious!

Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata

Juice of 1 lemon (3Tbsp)
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp basil or oregano
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 cups dried penne pasta
2 Tbsp butter
Juice of 2 lemons (6 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup half and half (or heavy cream)
2 tsp dried basil
2 Tbps capers
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Combine first 6 ingredients and mix well. Place chicken in a ziplock bag and pour marinade over chicken. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator. When ready, grill until done. Allow chicken to rest for a few minutes and then slice into strips to serve over pasta.

While chicken is grilling. Cook pasta according to directions (10-12 minutes). Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain. In same sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in garlic and lemon juice. Pour in half and half and whisk until hot. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Add the parmesan cheese, basil and capers, and heat until cheese is melted. Check the consistency of the sauce and add some of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce if necessary. Toss in pasta.

Serve in pasta bowls with grilled chicken on top. Sprinkle with more parmesan if desired.

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