Tuscan Twilight: Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

Mouthwatering Description: Revel in the flavors of the Italian countryside with our Tuscan Twilight Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta. Tender chicken pieces dance with fresh spinach and perfectly al dente pasta, all harmoniously united by zesty lemon and rich Parmesan. This skillet wonder is a testament to simplicity, elegance, and a celebration of authentic flavors.

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Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 servings 
Ideal Serving Size: 350 grams per serving

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calorie Count: 450 kcal per serving
  • Macronutrient Breakdown:
    • Carbohydrates: 45g
    • Proteins: 30g
    • Fats: 18g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Chicken breast, cubed - 400 grams
  • Pasta (like penne or spaghetti) - 300 grams
  • Fresh spinach, roughly chopped - 250 grams
  • Olive oil - 20 ml
  • Garlic, minced - 10 grams
  • Lemon zest - 5 grams
  • Lemon juice - 30 ml
  • Parmesan cheese, grated - 100 grams
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil or parsley, chopped for garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken cubes, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook until browned.
  2. Add minced garlic, stirring until aromatic.
  3. Cook pasta in a separate pot until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  4. To the skillet, add spinach and cook until wilted.
  5. Introduce the cooked pasta to the skillet, tossing to combine.
  6. Drizzle in lemon juice and sprinkle lemon zest. Mix well.
  7. Finish off by adding grated Parmesan, ensuring everything is well-coated.
  8. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley before serving.

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Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • For added depth, sprinkle some chili flakes for a spicy kick.
  • A splash of white wine can enhance the flavors during the cooking process.
  • Pair with a glass of Chardonnay or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use other leafy greens? Yes, arugula or kale can be good alternatives to spinach.
  • Can I add other proteins? Certainly, shrimp or tofu can be a delightful addition.