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.

Chicken Picatta Pasta

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

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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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57 comments on “Chicken Picatta Pasta

  1. Ridaposted January 19, 2019 at 1:04 pm Reply

    I tried this recipe with some little changes and it was fabulous and one of the best pastas i ever tried.

    Rating: 5
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  3. plasterer bristolposted October 18, 2015 at 9:58 am Reply

    Yum love chicken and pasta. Thanks for sharing.

    Simon

    Rating: 5
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  6. Cindyposted April 29, 2014 at 7:41 pm Reply

    This dish is addicting!! Tummy was full but couldn’t seem to get enough. I used Barilla White Fiber Mini Rotini (couldn’t find the recommended pasta) and it was perfect. The flavor is spot on and the textures with the tender chicken makes you keep taking bite after comforting bite!

    Rating: 5
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  8. Aileenposted July 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  9. Chrisposted July 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm Reply

    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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  11. Winnieposted July 19, 2013 at 9:27 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  12. Leslieposted July 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm Reply

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

  13. Kelly Senyei | Just a Tasteposted July 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm Reply

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

  14. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted July 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm Reply

    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.

    • Sommerposted July 17, 2013 at 5:55 am Reply

      Thanks Brenda, mwah!!

  15. Jersey Girl Cooksposted July 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm Reply

    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.

    Rating: 5
  16. Aggieposted July 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm Reply

    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.

    • Sommerposted July 17, 2013 at 5:56 am Reply

      Thanks Aggie…when’s that baby coming?!

  17. Marian (Sweetopia)posted July 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm Reply

    Yum!! Love this idea!

  18. gina @ skinnytasteposted July 16, 2013 at 7:19 am Reply

    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!

  19. Gabyposted July 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm Reply

    this is one of my fav dinners ever!!!

  20. Shainaposted July 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm Reply

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

  21. Chrisposted July 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm Reply

    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

    • Sommerposted July 17, 2013 at 5:56 am Reply

      Thanks Chris, I appreciate it!

  22. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted July 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm Reply

    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.

    • Sommerposted July 17, 2013 at 5:58 am Reply

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

  23. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted July 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm Reply

    Divine! Perfect weeknight meal :) Pinned!!

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  25. Nessaposted July 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm Reply

    This is dangerous :)

  26. Coletteposted July 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm Reply

    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

  27. cassie - bake your dayposted July 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted July 17, 2013 at 5:59 am Reply

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

  28. Kristinposted July 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm Reply

    Hugs & Happy Belated dear Sommer!

  29. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted July 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm Reply

    great idea girl! Yum!

  30. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted July 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm Reply

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

  31. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted July 15, 2013 at 10:37 am Reply

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

  32. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted July 15, 2013 at 10:20 am Reply

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

  33. RavieNomNomsposted July 15, 2013 at 9:22 am Reply

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

  34. Heather Christoposted July 15, 2013 at 8:35 am Reply

    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 :)

    • Sommerposted July 17, 2013 at 6:01 am Reply

      Thanks Heather!

  35. Jenny Flakeposted July 15, 2013 at 8:34 am Reply

    Delicious meal! Love it!

  36. marlaposted July 15, 2013 at 8:01 am Reply

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

  37. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted July 15, 2013 at 8:00 am Reply

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

  38. shelly (cookies and cups)posted July 15, 2013 at 7:36 am Reply

    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!

  39. Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen}posted July 15, 2013 at 7:32 am Reply

    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.

  40. Mariaposted July 15, 2013 at 7:29 am Reply

    Great weeknight meal! DeLallo pasta is the best!

  41. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted July 15, 2013 at 7:26 am Reply

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

  42. Tieghanposted July 15, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

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

  43. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted July 15, 2013 at 7:19 am Reply

    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.

  44. Julie @ Table for Twoposted July 15, 2013 at 7:05 am Reply

    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 :)

  45. [email protected]posted July 15, 2013 at 6:51 am Reply

    Needing this tonight!

  46. Jeanetteposted July 15, 2013 at 6:50 am Reply

    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.

  47. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted July 15, 2013 at 6:48 am Reply

    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. :)

  48. Belinda @zomppaposted July 15, 2013 at 6:26 am Reply

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

  49. Briannaposted July 15, 2013 at 7:43 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted July 17, 2013 at 6:01 am Reply

      Thanks sweet friend!

  50. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted July 15, 2013 at 5:08 am Reply

    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