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Main dishes

Creamy Lemon Basil-Chicken Pasta

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Garlic, onions, basil and lemon juice give this chicken-pasta dish its great flavor. It gets its creamy cheesiness from Neufchatel and mozzarella.
time
prep:
40 min
total:
40 min
servings
total:
6 servings

What You Need

2
cups  whole wheat penne pasta, uncooked
1
Tbsp.  oil
1
  onion, chopped
2
cloves  garlic, minced
1/2
cup  chopped red pepper
1-1/2
lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
6
oz.   (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1
 chicken bouillon cube
 Zest and juice from 1 large lemon, divided
1/4
cup   chopped fresh basil
1
cup  KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Make It

COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.

MEANWHILE, heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic and pepper; cook 1 min. Add half the chicken; cook 2 min. or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining chicken; return all chicken to skillet.

DRAIN pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Mix reserved water with Neufchatel and bouillon until blended. Add to chicken with lemon zest; mix well. Cover; cook on low heat 5 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in pasta, lemon juice and basil; cook; uncovered, 1 min. or until heated through, stirring frequently. Add mozzarella; cook and stir 1 min. or until melted.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Serving Suggestion
Serve this main dish with a mixed green salad for a quick-and-tasty weekday meal.
Substitute
Fresh chopped basil for the parsley.
For Saucier Pasta
If you prefer a thinner sauce, reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta cooking water to mix with the Neufchatel and bouillon.
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