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Creamy lemon chicken pasta bake

This creamy lemon chicken pasta bake can be served either as a bake with a cheesy crust or made as a quicker, creamy dish. Either way, it's filled with delicious comfort factor!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 approx
Calories: 783kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking
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Ingredients

  • 8 oz pasta 225g (I used penne but as you prefer)
  • 8 oz chicken 225g (white or brown meat fine)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ onion finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoon white wine
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ lemon zest (ie from ½ lemon)
  • 2 tablespoon tarragon chopped fresh
  • ½ cup cream 120ml (suggest heavy/double but as you prefer)
  • 2 oz spinach 55g (2 cups, fairly well packed), roughly chopped if larger leaves
  • 4 oz mozzarella 112g, cut/broken into small pieces (omit if not baking)
  • ¼ cup parmesan 10g (approx, omit if not baking)

Instructions

  • If you will be making into a bake, preheat oven to 400F/200C.
  • Set the pasta to cook according to packet instructions. Drain once al dente and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, dice the chicken into a small bite-sized dice. Melt half the butter in a medium skillet/frying pan and cook the chicken until just cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add the rest of the butter to the skillet and soften the onion and garlic.
  • Deglaze the pan with the wine, add the lemon juice and zest, tarragon and cream. Warm but don't boil the sauce.
  • Wilt the spinach in the sauce and add back the chicken.
  • Add the cooked pasta, mix through and remove from heat.
  • You can serve at this point, or else to make as a bake, add the mozzarella, mix through and transfer to baking dish. Top with parmesan and bake for approx 20 minutes until lightly brown on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 783kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 525mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2950IU | Vitamin C: 13.3mg | Calcium: 372mg | Iron: 2.8mg