Chicken Linguine

Specifically Tuscan Herbed Chicken Linguine with Creamy Tomato sauce and Charred Lemon.

I chose this one because it sounded super easy with a 5 minute prep time and 40 minute cook time and like I could easily stretch it into 4 servings with just 2 or 3 things from the market!

Ingredients they send: 1 Roma tomato, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 lemon, 10 ounces chicken breast strips, 4 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese, 6 ounces of linguine and a packet of what they call Tuscan Heat that was Oregano, Rosemary, Basil, Garlic and Cayenne; dried and ground and in unspecified amounts.

Ingredients you will have on hand: salt and pepper, olive or vegetable oil and 2-4 tablespoons of butter.

Since I made extra of this I did a few things differently than they direct but nothing too fancy! Since the ingredients were listed on the spice pack I fished out what I had from the spice cabinet and brought them to the party along with a blend called Spicy Garlic which is garlic powder and a mix of chili pepper, red pepper, coriander, caraway and cumin and I only used my version as a rub kind situation and saved the special packet to get added to the sauce.

Instructions: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Peel and thinly slice 3 cloves of garlic, zest and halve the lemon and finely chop the tomatoes.

Place chicken in a large bowl, toss with olive oil, half of the chopped garlic, salt and pepper and half of the spice mix- or in my case the mix I made.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet on medium high. When the oil is shimmery set the lemons cut side down and cook for 3-4 minutes until they have a little bit of char on them. Pull the lemons from the pan and add the chicken and if needed another drizzle of olive oil and cook until the chicken starts to brown. Once the chicken is browned remove it from the pan and stick it in the oven to keep warm while the sauce gets made.

In the same pan we cooked the chicken we are now going to add 2 tablespoons of butter , the rest of the garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir the butter and garlic and bring it up to a simmer and add the tomatoes and the seasoning packet-or your own blend- and cook for 3-4 minutes until the tomatoes are just starting to get soft.

Now that the tomatoes are soft we get to add the cream cheese, some of the pasta water and half of the parmesan cheese and stir until the cream cheese is all melted. Stir in the chicken and lemon zest and bring to a simmer so all of the flavors can hang out and get all cozy and friendly. If you want a looser sauce this is the time to add more of the pasta water, it will thin it out and thicken it up and make it shiny all at the same time! That pasta water is some magical stuff!!

As soon as the sauce is as sexy as you want it add in the noodles and toss it all around so the noodles get all coated and loved! Divide the pasta into bowls, stick the lemons on the side for squeezing onto the finished dish and top with the last of the parmesan cheese!

This one was so fast and easy and we loved it so much that I will be making it again!! Honestly we haven’t been disappointed in any of the meals we have gotten, they have all tasted great with little to no effort on my part and require little to no effort on my part to get the meals prepped and cooked!! The variety isn’t as great with this service as with others but I would rather have less choices of better food than more choices of only ok food!!

This one would be great with beef or fish or shrimp or tofu, it doesn’t have to be chicken! Spinach could be added for flavor and color, a diced onion would be ok too! After the chicken comes out and before the tomatoes go in the pan could be deglazed with a little wine, red for a beef dish and white for chicken or fish. The pasta could be cooked in wine but then you don’t get the lovely pasta water for adding sexy to the sauce, I have learned from experience about that! The bones of the dish are good so other than switching up the protein I wouldn’t make any changes!

Thanks ya’ll!! Happy cooking!

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