Lemon pasta with Chicken

<p>Sometimes Chicken can be bland or boring. This recipe I came up with when I got tired of eating roasted chicken. So I thought maybe if I threw in some pasta and lemon it would be alright. How right I was. This is s simple recipe that is easy to make as it is to eat. It does not involve a whole tub of butter as the south is readily known for. It is surprisingly very healthy and yet it has great flavor.  You can  have seconds of this.</p>
<p>1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts</p>
<p>salt and pepper to taste</p>
<p>olive oil</p>
<p>1 lb spaghetti pasta</p>
<p>2 cloves garlic, minced</p>
<p>1/2 tsp. red pepper flaked ( use less if you don’t want it spicy)</p>
<p>3 tbsp. parsley, chopped</p>
<p>Zest of 1 lemon</p>
<p>Juice of 1 lemon</p>
<p>1/4 c. parmesan cheese, grated</p>
<p>1. Heat up a grill pan over med-low heat. Season the chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle some olive oil over the pan and using a pastry brush spread out evenly to prevent sticking. Carefully when the pan is hot place the chicken on the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side until cooked through. Take off heat and place on a plate or platter and cover with foil to keep warm and so the juices go back into the meat. ( If you don’t have a grill pan then just use a skillet)</p>
<p>2. In the meantime bring a pot of water to a boil and throw in a handful of salt. ( please salt the water so the pasta has flavor as well. They get jealous). throw in the spaghetti pasta and stir around to prevent them from sticking together. cook for 8-10 minutes or until the pasta is Al Dante. Drain.</p>
<p>3. While the pasta is cooking heat up 1/4 c. of olive oil in a skillet until hot and add in the red pepper flakes and garlic. Toss around until fragrant. Turn off heat and add the pasta, Lemon zest, lemon juice and parsley. Toss together until combined. Cut the chicken on a bias about 1/4 in thick and add to the pasta and yep you guessed it. Toss it again. Pour into a serving platter and sprinkle on the cheese. If you don’t like  parmesan cheese you can use your favorite. It is alright.</p>
<p>Now this dish is ready for you. Serve it as is or with a side salad for a complete meal.  yum. Now I have gotten myself hungry. If you will excuse me this dish is calling my name.</p>

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