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Comfort Food Alert! Pinot Grigio Lemon Chicken over Angel Hair Pasta
This meal brings a new definition to the phrase "comfort food". It has very quickly become one of my all-time favorite meals to make. I have pretty much made it a staple in my menu, and have been making it once every 2 weeks! I have never been one that loves any meal with the word "lemon" in the title and I never, ever order anything lemon from a restaurant, but wow, I am so glad I tried this recipe! It seems that with the mixture of the wine and butter, along with the lemon, the flavor is not overly lemon-y. Another thing that I love about this meal, is the texture of the chicken! When preparing the chicken, it is necessary that you cut the chicken in half, horizontally, and then tenderize the meat with a meat tenderizer, and whoa, I never knew that chicken could have more than one same-old-same-old texture. The combination of how thin the chicken is, and how thin angel hair pasta naturally is, creates an absolutely decadent texture.
Heads up though, I am going to be straight with you--with ingredients such as butter, flour, parmesan cheese, and pasta, there's no way that this meal could be healthy for you. However, if you only make it once in a while, I think you will be okay. Besides, it tastes SO good. So good that I guarantee you will want to show it off and make it when you have company for dinner! I can't wait to make it when my parents come into town again!
One thing that is great about this meal, along with the majority of the recipes that I post, is that you most likely will not have to buy a lot of ingredients to make it, as most of the ingredients are pretty common in a lot of households. I'd think that salt, pepper, olive oil, and flour are pretty common! It is also pretty easy to adjust the ingredients that are used in it, depending on your tastes.
Convinced? Let's get started!
First things first...
...let us gather what we will need for this recipe. You will need:
- Large frying pan
- Small frying pan
- Large pot to cook the pasta in
- Medium sized mixing bowl
- Meat tenderizer/hammer
For the sauce you will need:
- 8 TBSP or 1 stick of cold unsalted butter
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup Pinot Grigio, or regular white cooking wine will work as well
- 3 TBSP lemon juice
And for the chicken you will need:
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 TBSP grated parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika
As well as 12 oz angel hair pasta, cooked
For The Chicken:
- In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, parmesan cheese, onion powder, and paprika, set aside.
- Cut the chicken breasts down the middle horizontally to make 4 thinner cutlets.
- Using a meat tenderizer/hammer, pound the chicken pieces until about 1/4 their original thickness.
- Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture until well coated.
- Heat olive oil in the large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown them well on each side. Remove the chicken from the pan and reserve to a plate, covering the plate with aluminum foil to keep it warm.
For The Sauce:
Once the chicken is fully cooked and set aside, it is time to start the sauce.
- In the smaller skillet or frying pan, melt 1 TBSP of the butter over medium heat.
- Add the minced garlic, cook for about 30 seconds.
- Next add the wine and lemon juice, and stir. Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Cook until the liquid reduces to about 3 TBSP, about 5-7 mins.
- Reduce the heat to low.
- While doing this, it is also time to start the pasta. Angel hair pasta only takes a few minutes to cook so be sure to not overcook it.
- Next, slowly whisk in the remaining butter, one TBSP at a time, waiting until each TBSP has melted before adding the next. For some reason, this step is very important. I once tried to add all of the butter in at once, and the sauce did not turn out right.
- Then, sprinkle in a small amount of salt and pepper.
- Let the mixture cook for about 3 more minutes.
- And that's it!
- To serve: Place the cooked pasta on plate. Top with chicken, then pour as much sauce as you would like over the pasta and chicken, stir to ensure all of the pasta has sauce on it. I always sprinkle a little bit of parmesan cheese on top, just to make it look a little prettier as well.
- I like to serve this with a side salad as well.
So, what do you think?
I hope that your family loves this meal as much as mine does! It is hard to find a meal that every family member loves, but this one fits the bill! Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions! Enjoy!