Chicken Picatta Pasta

Light and zesty Chicken Picatta Pasta made with whole wheat pasta, the perfect summer comfort food.

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So why pasta today? Pasta is comforting…

I’ve needed a little extra comfort lately.

I’m usually a pretty “up” person. I tend to look on the bright side of things, and try to keep a positive attitude when misfortune comes my way. I’m not saying I always achieve this goal, but I do give it the ol’ college try.

Keeping it real, lately there have been quite a few trials and tragedies in our circle of friends and acquaintances. Two families we know have lost a family member in the last month, along with several cancer diagnosis, financial hardship, and marital issues.

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When things like this happen, it’s easy to let your emotions dictate your thoughts and decisions. It’s easy to slip into anger, bitterness, or fear.

Questions like “What if that happens to my family?” creep in. Dangerous stuff…

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I guess my point in bringing this up today, is that we all go through hard times. No one is excluded from life’s hard knocks. Some situations we find ourselves in are self-inflicted, but sometimes they just come out of nowhere when you’re doing everything right.

It’s normal to feel like you’re all alone when you are facing some sort of tribulation. But the truth is, just because you can’t see another person’s problems, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

I’ve got problems. We all do.

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There are seasons of ease and comfort, and seasons of stress and hardship. That’s life.

Life tends to leave deep scares here and there, but it can still be good.

Through thick and thin, I try to focus my mind and actions on positive things like prayer and meditation, spending time with family and loved ones, and healthy eating and exercise.

These are things I can control.

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I can’t control what happens in the future. I can’t control the life expectancy of my loved ones. I can only pray, trust, and make positive choices.

Once you reside yourself to this truth, it takes a little bit of the angst off the lows in life, and helps you find the silver lining.

So let’s eat some comfort food, and ride out the hard times, shall we?

Delallo Pasta

I made Chicken Picatta Pasta this week, because the bright citrus flavor is light on the palate, yet still comforting.

This is a tweaked version of  my classic chicken picatta recipe. The chicken is bite-sized and you don’t have to cut it. Little bits of garlic, onion, capers, and fresh parsley mingle with the pasta and chicken, and vibrant lemony sauce glazes the pasta for a bright and perky finish.

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I used Delallo Organic Whole Wheat Gemelli Pasta, because I love the use of higher quality flour, and the twisted shape reminds me of sticking together.

Chicken Picatta Pasta makes a perfect dish to take to a picnic, or to a friend needing a little pick-me-up.

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Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Chicken Picatta Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. chicken tenders, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 lb. Delallo Organic Whole Wheat Gemelli Pasta
  • 4 Tb. flour, divided (any variety)
  • 1 stick butter (8 Tb.)
  • 3 Tb. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small red onion, halved and sliced thin
  • 1 Tb. fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 oz. capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, chop the chicken, onion, and herbs. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the butter and oil. 
  2. Drop the pasta in the boiling water and cook as instructed on the package (about 8 minutes) then drain. Once the butter is melted, salt and pepper the chicken liberally and toss with 2 Tb. flour. Place the chicken pieces in the hot butter and saute for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoons and place on paper towels to dry.
  3. Add the rosemary, garlic and onions to the butter and saute for 1 minute. Then whisk in the remaining 2 Tb. flour to thicken the sauce. Cook for another minute, then whisk in the lemon juice and chicken stock.
  4. Once the sauce is simmering again, toss in the pasta, capers and parsley. Mix in the chicken and serve warm.

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52 Responses to “Chicken Picatta Pasta”

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 15, 2013 @ 5:08 am

    Never underestimate the power of prayer. Positivity begets positivity. These are constant truths and I hope your friends and their troubles vanish soon. Pasta dishes are definitely pick-me-ups and your Chicken Picatta Pasta is just the ticket! Ultra comforting. Mmm. Love the pasta cut you selected for it, too. Have a great week, Sommer! Pinning! xo

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    Belinda @zomppa — July 15, 2013 @ 6:26 am

    Such poignant and true words to live by. And fantastic summer dish!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — July 15, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    Beautifully said. Different seasons of life definitely bring new ups and downs, but thank goodness for good people, good lifestyles and good food to help bring us through. This pasta definitely looks like my kind of comfort food. :)

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    Jeanette — July 15, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    So true Sommer. My faith has helped me get through some pretty tough times, and I know there are more to come. Comfort food like this pasta dish (that’s also on the healthier side) is something we all crave.

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 15, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    Needing this tonight!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 15, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    this is the best looking chicken picatta I’ve ever seen!! it looks so good – i just want to reach through my screen and serve myself a bowl :)

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — July 15, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    If I ate chicken, I’m pretty sure chicken picatta would be my favorite. I’m such a sucker for lemony anything and it seems like it’d make for the most wonderful summer meal.

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    Tieghan — July 15, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    This just looks like on seriously delicious bowl of pasta! I want to dig and grab some for a little later!! YUM!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — July 15, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    Chicken picatta is one of my favourites and I could definitely go for a bowl of this right now!

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    Maria — July 15, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    Great weeknight meal! DeLallo pasta is the best!

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    Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} — July 15, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    Such a beautifully written post Sommer! Everyone has their ups and downs in life and sometimes it’s easier to hold onto the hurt instead of looking on the positive side. I know for me, it always helps to have something comforting to eat! I love the ease of this version of chicken picatta!! Make getting it to the plate {and my belly!} that much faster.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — July 15, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    Oh I LOVE this! Chicken Picatta is a favorite of mine.. I don’t know what I don’t make it more! This is the perfect recipe. Pinned!

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    Brianna — July 15, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    **Blessings** over anything that is less than how God wants it to be right now. :) ….delish looking recipe by the way ;)

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    • Sommer — July 17th, 2013 @ 6:01 am

      Thanks sweet friend!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 15, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    When it rains it pours! I hope things turn around. Until then… pass me a plate of this!?

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    marla — July 15, 2013 @ 8:01 am

    Perfect meal & will be great for upcoming lunch boxes too!

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    Jenny Flake — July 15, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    Delicious meal! Love it!

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    Heather Christo — July 15, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    Oh shoot Sommer. I am so sorry. Everyone goes through these valleys. Good for you trying to see the best in the situation. ANd indeed, comfort food always helps :)

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    • Sommer — July 17th, 2013 @ 6:01 am

      Thanks Heather!

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    RavieNomNoms — July 15, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    What a great week night meal! Going to have to try this!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 15, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Hugs to you, Sommer! This pasta looks like a giant bowl of comfort!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — July 15, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    How I love a great dish of pasta! This is amazing!!!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — July 15, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    This looks so fabulous and I can’t wait to try it!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — July 15, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    great idea girl! Yum!

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    Kristin — July 15, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    Hugs & Happy Belated dear Sommer!

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    cassie - bake your day — July 15, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    So sorry you have been around so much heartache lately, I feel like I’m in the same boat. And pasta is definitely comforting. This is a great one. I hope things swing upwards for you soon!

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    • Sommer — July 17th, 2013 @ 5:59 am

      Sounds like we need to have a bowl of pasta together. :)

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    Colette — July 15, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    You’re right, Sommer. There’s always something.
    But, it helps to know that loving friends, family are near.
    And, great food helps bring everyone to the table.
    Pasta is very cozy and this is a lovely dish!
    oxo

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    Nessa — July 15, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    This is dangerous :)

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — July 15, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    Divine! Perfect weeknight meal :) Pinned!!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — July 15, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    I’m sorry for those ‘downs’ in the recent weeks, Sommer. I certainly can relate, as we just had another cancer diagnosis in the family. My faith keeps me with head held high, because it’s completely out of my hands.

    Gorgeous dish. Pinned.

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    • Sommer — July 17th, 2013 @ 5:58 am

      Thanks Aimee, I agree being strong in faith certainly keeps your head above the water. :)

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    Chris — July 15, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    Thanks for the beautiful-as-ever, tasty-as-ever recipe post. Keep up that brave spirit, because we control nothing in life. As we age life becomes more complex. So let´s enjoy what surrounds us now, in the moment.
    Hugs

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    • Sommer — July 17th, 2013 @ 5:56 am

      Thanks Chris, I appreciate it!

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    Shaina — July 15, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    So sorry to hear about your friends. This looks like a wonderfully comforting dish. xo

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    Gaby — July 15, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    this is one of my fav dinners ever!!!

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    gina @ skinnytaste — July 16, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    I just want to jump right in to that plate of pasta! I also love that shape comes in whole wheat, I am going to have to look out for it!

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — July 16, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    Yum!! Love this idea!

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    Aggie — July 16, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    I understand Sommer, hugs. It’s times like those that can really try your spirit. Hang in there.
    This pasta looks delicious and definitely comforting.

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    • Sommer — July 17th, 2013 @ 5:56 am

      Thanks Aggie…when’s that baby coming?!

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — July 16, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    Very good advice and a delicious pasta dish. I tend to be a worrier and need to block out the “what ifs” so this is a great post for me to read.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — July 16, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

    Your post is lovely, even though the circumstances behind it are not. Thinking of you, Sommer, and hoping peace and comfort and joy are back in your life and the lives of your friends very, very soon. Beautiful pasta, love that gemelli.

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    • Sommer — July 17th, 2013 @ 5:55 am

      Thanks Brenda, mwah!!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — July 17, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    This looks so rich and hearty! Love, love, love it!

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    Leslie — July 18, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

    Sorry theres a black could hangin around :(
    This looks relish!

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    Winnie — July 19, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    I think this will make a quick weekday dinner! I love chicken piccata, and adore pasta! Thank you!

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    Chris — July 22, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    You hinted at something in there, it is amazing to me how much more resilient I am when tragedy strikes and I am exercising a lot vs when I am not. Just getting out on the bike for a long solo ride helps clear my heart and head.

    You are so right about you never know what someone else is going through.

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    Aileen — July 23, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

    Oh how I miss eating this dish. I just love chicken picatta.

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    Online butcher — September 5, 2013 @ 6:00 am

    This food is amazing! I’m hungry just from watching the photos of this chicken!

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