Light and zesty Chicken Picatta Pasta made with whole wheat pasta, the perfect summer comfort food.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once the sauce is simmering again, toss in the pasta, capers and parsley. Mix in the chicken and serve warm.
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