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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.
40 min
40 min
6 servings

What You Need

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