Lemon & Herb Chicken Fettuccine
Spring is finally here, but in my neck of the woods, Mother Nature doesn’t seem to realize it yet. As I’m writing this post, I’m in the thick of an April snowstorm. Yuck. To combat the mixed up weather, I decided to bring a burst of spring to our dinner table with this delicious and fresh recipe for Lemon & Herb Chicken Fettuccine.
My inspiration for this recipe was “fresh ingredients”. I knew I wanted to include some veggies, herbs and a lean protein. Lemons have a bright and cheery feel to them so I added that extra flavour in as well. The result was this delicious, creamy and healthy pasta dish.
I tend to cook with chicken breasts quite a bit. They are versatile, affordable and healthy. Plus, they pair perfectly with this lemony springtime meal.
In terms of fresh ingredients, this recipe has several including oregano, rosemary, broccoli florets, tomatoes and lemons. If you don’t have access to fresh herbs, dried would be fine to substitute in a pinch. Only use one teaspoon of each if you go that route.
Lemon & Herb Chicken Fettuccine
Your family will love this fresh and healthy springtime meal! Fresh herbs, lemons and chicken in a creamy sauce are served over a bed of fettuccine. Delish!
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 1 broccoli, cut into small florets
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
- 1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
- 3/4 cup green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups milk
- Rind of one lemon, grated
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
- 2 to 3 cups cooked fettucine
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 to 2 tomatoes, chopped, for garnish
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute chicken strips until completely cooked. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
- Add 1 tbsp of oil to the skillet and saute broccoli until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove broccoli from skillet and set aside.
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil in the skillet and saute green onions, garlic, oregano and rosemary for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in flour. Add milk and stir.
- When mixture begins to boil and thicken, stir in Parmesan cheese, lemon rind and lemon juice. Mix in chicken and broccoli and heat to desired temperature. Serve over cooked fettucine. Garnish with chopped tomato and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
It also doesn’t really matter what kind of pasta you use. I was debating using spaghetti noodles, but changed my mind at the last minute and used fettuccine instead. It all tastes the same to me.
The Chicken Farmers of Canada site has a ton more springtime recipes. You should bookmark it so you can browse through them all. I’ve made many of their recipes over the years and always been impressed by how great they turned out.
If you’re new to their site, let me give you a brief intro. If you are reading this post, chances are you like recipes. I suggest first visiting the recipes section and browsing through their many chicken appetizers, soups, casseroles, salads and more. You can also drilldown and find gluten free and other specific recipes for your dietary needs.
Chicken School is what I refer to as the hacks. It offers recommended chicken cooking times, how-to videos and food safety tips and more.
They also have other sections focused on Health, Chicken Farming in Canada, News and Contests and even a spot for you to ask a question. If you’re on mobile, you’ll want to download the Shopping App to help you organize your grocery list and discover new recipes.
When you are out grocery shopping for ingredients to make this recipe or others from the Chicken Farmers of Canada site, make sure to look for their logo on the chicken packaging. If you don’t see it, consider asking your grocery store to start using it. It helps Canadians know that their fresh chicken was “Raised by a Canadian Farmer” and know they are receiving the highest quality of product.
Do you have a favourite springtime recipe made with chicken?
Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.