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Pasta with Lemon Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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  • Put water on to boil for your pasta. Place your chicken in a sauté pan and add enough water so the chicken is almost covered. Bring to a simmer and cook the chicken for approx 15 minutes or until no pink remains. Turn the chicken after 7-8 minutes. Cut into one to check for doneness. Remove from pan and place on a cutting board. Take two forks and shred the chicken.* You can cube the chicken too, if you prefer. Set aside. Cut the sundried tomatoes into narrow strips if they came whole. Set them aside.
  • Pour the water out of the sauté pan and wipe it clean. Add olive oil, garlic, crushed pepper and cook on medium 2 -3 minutes. You do not want to brown the garlic. Just get it all heated. Add chicken broth and lemon juice. Increase heat to high. While the sauce is cooking, cook the pasta in a pot of boiling water according to the directions on the box. Should take about 8 minutes to cook. When the sauce comes to a boil turn it to a gentle boil and cook for about 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to about a cup. Reduce heat to very low and add the butter and the sun-dried tomatoes. At this point if your pasta is not yet cooked, turn off the heat under the sauce, and wait.
  • When the pasta is done, drain it and put it and the chicken in a pasta bowl. Then finish the sauce by adding the spinach. You can turn the heat on low, and just toss the spinach around until it wilts a bit. (If the pan was turned off you need to get the sauce warm again before adding the spinach). I like mine to taste really fresh so I don't cook it much at all. Add this whole mixture to the pasta and then add the parmesan cheese and mix. Add the herb mixture and mix again and you are ready to serve.


*Just hold one fork in each hand. Place them in the chicken near each other and pull apart. If you are going along the grain of the chicken it will pull apart easily and you'll get shreds. If it's not exactly right just adjust the position of the chicken and try again. Even if you are just getting chunks that okay. This dish stands on its own very well. All I add is some crunchy bread to dip in the sauce or serve the bread with butter and you are all set.

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