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Lemon Chicken Asparagus Spaghetti

Lemon Chicken Asparagus Spaghetti. A warm pasta dinner salad with bright flavours that’s quick cooking, nutritious and delicious. An ideal weekday family meal. Use whole wheat pasta if you like.

Lemon Chicken Asparagus Spaghetti

Lemon Chicken Asparagus Spaghetti

Happy National Spaghetti Day! Here’s something different, easy to make and absolutely delicious to celebrate! (Originally published Jan 4, 2013.)

It’s become a time when family dinners are relegated to weekends for many busy folks, if then. Our family still makes a sit down family dinner a priority at the end of every day.

This does not happen by accident. Flexibility and planning are the keys to making it happen.

Bunch of fresh asparagus on wooden table

If fresh asparagus is not available substitute another green vegetable, like broccoli.

A little planning goes a long way!

We are fortunate enough to live fairly close to both our workplaces. However, with a busy family life that includes after work dance or music lessons among a myriad of other activities for the kids, we don’t necessarily have a set dinner time.

This is where planning and flexibility meet.

Lemon cut in half on a wooden board

Lemon brings bright fresh flavour to the dish.

We always plan for the next days activities and if dinner has to be an hour or so later than normal, so be it. Quick and easy workday meals are key and whenever one evenings cooking can spill over into the next, that’s a bonus too.

This recipe is a good example of planning and pre-cooking part of tomorrow’s meal today.

Lemon Chicken Asparagus Spaghetti

Lemon Chicken Asparagus Spaghetti

We had used grilled chicken in the previous nights meal. We deliberately fully cooked double the amount of chicken needed that night to include in this spaghetti dish the following evening.

This dish could then easily be put together in little more time than it takes to bring the water to a boil and cook the pasta.

We simply sliced the already cooked chicken breasts and warmed them quickly in the sauté pan. All that was left was to add the rest of the ingredients before tossing together with the cooked spaghetti and serving.

Skip the takeout and share a beautiful meal together.

I always say that if you are deciding what’s for dinner at 5 o’clock, you are almost guaranteed to be eating out of a bucket.

While a take-out pizza is not an unknown commodity at our house, it is a bit of a rarity. Pre-packaged, processed meals are non-existent as we have always try and make it a priority to eat good, real food together as a family.

Many readers have shared with me that they are not happy with the way their own families eat. But with recipes like this one and many more that you will find on this site plus a little planning, moving away from too many fast food and processed meals may be easier than you think.

Looking for more easy meal ideas?

If you can’t get enough of great pasta dinner recipes, please check out our collection of 20 Best Pasta Dinners!

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You’ll find hundreds of other great ideas in our Quick & Easy Dinners Category and even more in our Chicken Recipes Category.

If you like this delicious recipe, you’re sure to love this Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon, ready in only 30 minutes!

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Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon.

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Lemon Chicken Asparagus Spaghetti
Yield: 4 servings

Lemon Chicken Asparagus Spaghetti

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 grilled chicken breasts, , fully cooked
  • ½ pound dry spaghetti
  • 3 cloves garlic in
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup butter
  • juice and finely grated zest of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano, , chopped
  • ½ cup white wine, (or chicken stock)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups chopped fresh asparagus
  • 1 small red pepper diced

Instructions

  1. Slice the cooked chicken breasts against the grain and get the spaghetti boiling in lightly salted water.
  2. In a large saute pan, lightly saute the garlic in the olive oil.
  3. Add the butter, lemon juice and zest, oregano, wine and Dijon mustard.
  4. Simmer slowly for a minute or two and then add the chopped fresh asparagus and diced red pepper.
  5. Cook for only about 4 to 5 minutes until the asparagus is cooked but still has a little crispness.
  6. Add the sliced chicken in the last minute, just to warm it through.
  7. Pour the contents of the saute pan over the cooked spaghetti and toss well before serving.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Amount Per Serving Calories 725Saturated Fat 10gCholesterol 175mgSodium 414mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 5gSugar 4gProtein 57g
 
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Bailey;)

Tuesday 16th of May 2017

yum yum very good..... me wants to eat the noodles all day

Ryan

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

Love this recipe!

Louise

Monday 3rd of June 2013

Looks great! I am going to make this with gluten-free noodles!

Teri Springer

Monday 25th of March 2013

You guys REALLY need to do an eBook. I know I would buy it!!!

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