Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula

When it comes to romantic meals, this Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula ranks high on our list! It’s beautiful, light, lemony and best of all, simple to make.
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How To Get It Done Quickly and Easily!

To keep this meal quick and easy, we use chicken tenders dredged in in flour, sautéed in olive oil, lemon and white wine and then toss it all together with pasta and baby greens! The entire meal takes about 20 minutes to make. We love this meal any time, but it’s also perfect for celebrating anniversaries, Valentine’s day and simply double the recipe for small dinner parties!

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Make This Meal Gluten or Completely Grain Free!

To make this meal gluten free we use Jovial Gluten Free Pasta! The grains are not only gluten free but are soaked for easy digestion! BUT if you want to go completely grain free we recommend Cali’flour Foods pasta! I love introducing you to interesting new healthier pasta options and Cali’flour Foods has come up with a winner! This pasta is made with only two ingredients: cauliflower and lentils for a firm, al dente, grain free pasta that tastes great and has fabulous texture. I also love Cali’flour foods pizza crusts. And now they make mini flat breads too!

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The Recipe: Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula for Two

Tips and what you need: for best results cook pasta to package instructions. You will need a stock pot, and a colander. If you want to try GRAIN FREE CALI”FLOUR FOODS PASTA <—click!

5 from 12 votes
Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A quick and easy version of a traditional Chicken Piccata with a heathy twist of added baby greens!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: #chicken piccata, grain-free, pasta
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces chicken tenders
  • 6 ounces pasta, we love Jovial gluten free pasta or Califlour Foods Grain Free Pasta (see links above)
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup your favorite flour (regular, gluten free, or almond flour)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 cloves garlic, peeled and minced or grated
  • 1 lemon ( juice one half, slice the other)
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • sprinkling of toasted pine nuts (optional for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Place a medium pot of salted water to boil, cook pasta to package instructions. While waiting for water to boil and pasta to cook prepare chicken

  2. Place your choice of flour in a shallow bowl. Generously sprinkle chicken tenders with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour. Set aside

  3. Place medium sized pan on med/high heat. When pan is hot, coat pan with olive oil. When oil is hot but not smoking add chicken tenders

  4. Sauté for 3 minutes or until golden in color, turn and cook other side for 3 minutes (don't forget to start that pasta!)

  5. Remove chicken from pan, place on a plate and cover (don't worry if chicken is not cooked through, we cook it more in a minute)

  6. Turn heat off. Add wine to pan

  7. Turn heat back on to medium and scrape pan with rubber spatula to loosen any browning and chicken bits as wine simmers

  8. When wine is simmering, add minced garlic

  9. Simmer for about two minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic, then add broth, butter, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 4 lemon slices and capers, stir

  10. Return to simmer and add cutlets to pan. Cook for a minute or two on each side. (do not overcook) Check chicken to be sure it is cooked through and turn off heat.

  11. Place greens in a colander. When pasta is al dente, pour into the colander (do not rinse) drizzle with a little olive oil and toss with a pinch of sea salt

  12. To plate: place pasta and greens on each dish, top with chicken and sauce, garnish with parmesan and pine nuts (if using) and serve

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Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl (with Grain Free Option!)

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am about the arrival of spring! I am sure many of you feel the same way after this unusually harsh and long winter. Let’s kick spring into high gear with this Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl with Grain Free Option!
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Isn’t This Just So Pretty!?

Just as healthy as it is beautiful, this pasta dish is loaded with veggies, greens and fresh herbs! To put this pasta salad over the top we drizzle it with a delicious sweet and spicy asian almond butter dressing made with hints of ginger and sriracha!

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The Pasta Choices: Including a Delicious Grain Free Option!

When it comes to pasta, to each their own. You can use your favorite traditional spaghetti, or  gluten free spaghetti, but for this version I went completely grain free using Cali’flour Foods pasta! I love introducing you to interesting new healthier pasta options and Cali’flour Foods has come up with a winner! This pasta is made with only two ingredients: cauliflower and lentils for a firm, al dente, grain free pasta that tastes great and has fabulous texture. I also love Cali’flour foods pizza crusts. And now they make mini flat breads too!

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The Perfect Vegetarian Bowl Recipe or BBQ Side Dish!

This recipe makes the perfect meatless Monday vegetarian dinner or beautiful side dish to any protein. It also makes a beautiful presentation on any BBQ or picnic table. Of course,  you could just toss in some warm rotisserie chicken or grilled shrimp! Whatever floats your bloat.

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The Recipe: Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl (Grain Free Option!)

Tips and what you need: for best results cook pasta to package instructions. You will need a stock pot, and a colander. If you want to try GRAIN FREE CALI”FLOUR FOODS PASTA <—click!

5 from 17 votes
Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A fresh and fabulous take on spaghetti! If you wish to add protein to this meal, grilled shrimp, rotisserie chicken, or thinly sliced steak all work well!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: #spaghetti, #spring roll, gluten free, pasta
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and cut into "matchsticks"
  • 2 cups seedless cucumbers, slice and cut into half moons
  • 4 green onions (scallions) sliced thinly on the diagonal
  • 1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup each loosely packed cilantro, mint leaves and basil leaves
  • handful mixed baby greens
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice or apple cider vinegar or
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • optional garnishes: sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, or peanuts
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. While waiting for water and pasta to cook, prep veggies and herbs

Make Sauce:
  1. Whisk together almond butter, oil, honey, lime, sriracha, salt, ginger and garlic. Mix until well blended, set aside

Put it all together!
  1. When pasta is cooked, strain in a colander, do not rinse. In a large bowl toss noodles with carrots, cucumbers, scallions, shallot, herb leaves and half the dressing. Serve in bowls over mixed greens, with additional dressing to taste. Garnish with additional options if desired. Serve!

 

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Pappardelle with Wilted Greens (Gluten Free Option)

We moved from Southern California to Gig Harbor Washington last week. Moving (as I am sure you know) pretty much dismantles your life. Regular exercise, good sleep, and healthy eating all get thrown out the window for a few weeks. That said, I took measures to insure we have healthy dinners our first few weeks in the new house by ordering meals from Sun Basket meal delivery. And they have allowed me to share their recipe for Pappardelle with Wilted Greens with you!
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All you have to do is open up the box, pull out the ingredients, do a little slicing and dicing and 20-30 minutes later you enjoy an incredibly delicious meal. Another perk, you don’t have to go to the store! And honestly, having  Sun Basket  delivery is cheaper than if we went to the store and bought everything ourselves

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Let’s Talk About This Meal!

Tossed with hearty greens, rich hazelnuts, and salty ricotta salata, this quick vegetarian dinner comes together in about 20 minutes. In spring you can take advantage of fresh peas, and the rest of the year you can use thawed frozen peas, either way this meal will be a fresh, light favorite!

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MAKING THIS MEAL GLUTEN FREE AND JUST AS GOOD!

If you live without gluten you don’t have to miss out on exceptional pasta! Jovial Foods makes the best gluten free pasta around. I am lucky enough to live by a store that carries it, but if you aren’t you can order it here!

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The Recipe:Pappardelle with Wilted Greens

Tips and what you need: When cooking pasta there are only a few things to remember:
1. Follow pasta box cooking instructions, they usually are right on.
2. Salt the water for flavor.
3. To keep pasta from sticking be sure to have lots of water in your pot, at least several inches above the pasta to allow room for expansion, and
4. stir frequently. You will need .a stock pot, a colander and microplane for grating parmesan.

5 from 6 votes
Pappardelle with Wilted Greens
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Tossed with hearty greens, rich hazelnuts, and salty ricotta salata, this quick vegetarian dinner comes together in about 20 minutes. In spring you can take advantage of fresh peas, and the rest of the year you can use thawed frozen peas, either way this meal will be a fresh, light favorite!

Course: dinner
Keyword: gluten free, pappardelle, pasta, vegetarian
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 580 kcal
Author: Sun Basket Meal Delivery
Ingredients
  • 5 ounces papperdelle pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 organic shallots
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons roasted hazelnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 ounces fresh baby spinach, arugula or baby kale
  • 2/3 cup fresh or frozen peas (if using fresh, steam or boil until soft. If using frozen thaw before use)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 1/2 ounces ricotta salata
Instructions
Cook the Pasta
  1. Bring a medium sauce pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the pappardelle and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender (follow package instructions for cooking time). Drain the pappardelle, reserving ¼ cup pasta cooking water. Return the pappardelle to the pot; drizzle with 1 to 2 teaspoons oil and toss to keep the noodles from sticking.

While water heats and pappardelle cooks, prepare the remaining ingredients and cook the vegetables.
  1. Peel and finely chop enough shallots to measure ¼ cup 

    Zest and juice the lemon, keeping the zest and juice separate.

    Strip the parsley leaves from the stems; coarsely chop the leaves.

    Using the bottom of a bowl or cup, lightly crush the hazelnuts for garnish.

Cook the vegetables; finish the pasta
  1. In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the shallots and as many chile flakes as you like, season generously with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots start to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the spinach and peas and cook until the spinach is just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the pappardelle, reserved pasta cooking water, lemon zest, and parsley.

  2. Remove from the heat and stir in half the Parmesan, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons butter or 1 tablespoon olive oil. (Set aside the remaining Parmesan for serving.) Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve!
  1. Transfer the pappardelle to individual bowls, crumble the ricotta salata over the top, and garnish with the hazelnuts. Serve the remaining Parmesan on the side.

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10 Pasta Dinners in 20 Minutes or Less!

Time. Sometimes there just isn’t enough of it! I remember the days when our kids would come home from school, pile in the car, and I spent the next several hours carting them from one activity to another. We would walk back in the door at dinner time and everyone was hungry, then I would scramble to figure out what to make. I wish I had a blog I could refer to back then that would have told me how to make a fantastic, filling dinner in 20 minutes. Luckily you have the internet…and me!

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

The following pasta dinners are all quick, budget friendly, delicious, and not one of these recipes uses hamburger or jarred pasta sauce! 10 Pasta Dinners In 20 Minutes or Less!:

Pasta Aglio e Olio with Eggs Sunny Side Up!

This delicious pasta is easy on the wallet. Minimal prep. Maximum flavor! And look at those eggs!

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes!

Oh my…this recipe was inspired by our 2018 trip to Italy. So creamy. flavorful and delicious.

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

 

Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini!

This pasta cooks in the same pot as the veggies for easy clean up. Add some rotisserie chicken if you prefer some protein.

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

Simple Lemon Pasta with Walnuts:

This simple pasta is done in the amount of time it takes to cook the spaghetti!

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

Pasta with Mint Pea Sauce!

This pasta is so unique and delicious. It makes a big impression and requires little effort.

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

Linguini with Chicken and Goat Cheese:

A savory linguini that is perfect for the family and entertaining!

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

Penne Pasta with Asparagus:

This penne pasta with cream sauce was a favorite among my students when I taught cooking classes.

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

 Spaghetti Carbonara with Italian Sausage and Rocket:

This pasta feeds a crowd and just in case you are wondering…’rocket’ is just a cool way to say arugula.

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

Three Cheese Tortellini with Sun Dried Tomatoes!

This tortellini dish requires almost no prep and cooks in a snap!

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

 

 

 

Pasta with Tomatoes and Lemon

No lie, this pasta is ready in under ten minutes! Light, lemony and perfect for the tomato lover.

10 delicious pasta dinners made in 20 minutes or less!

 

 

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Chicken Piccata

This is a meal my family begs for. They love it! And so do I. They love it because it’s light, lemony and the chicken is oh so tender. I love it because it takes about 15 minutes to prep and cooks in ten minutes! Yep, in the time it takes to cook pasta you can be eating this…
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Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata:

Chicken Piccata is very simple: chicken breast cutlets, dredged in flour, browned, and served with a sauce of butter, lemon juice, capers, and chicken stock and white wine. It can be prepared in 20 minutes or less and is so easy and delicious it should be part of every home cook’s repertoire.

Chicken Piccata from The Organic Kitchen

What to Serve it With:

Chicken Piccata is usually served with pasta, mashed potatoes, or steamed broccoli but you could also serve it with asparagus, artichokes, green beans or a beautiful salad.

Chicken Piccata from The Organic KitchenHow to Make a Cutlet:

Chicken Piccata is made with a chicken breast prepared as a cutlet. Some stores carry prepared cutlets. To make your own, slice the breast so it is half as thick as it was, place between plastic or parchment and pound with a rolling pin.

Chicken Piccata from The Organic Kitchen

Sprinkle lightly with Maldon flaked sea salt, a little freshly ground pepper and then dredge with flour. I love my battery operated pepper mill because I can grind pepper with one hand which is important when handling raw chicken!

Chicken Piccata from The Organic Kitchen

I find this hand held juicing tool invaluable! It can be found at any kitchen store and even many super markets. Or have it delivered to your door here.

Chicken Piccata from The Organic KitchenPasta Cooking Tips:

When cooking pasta there are only a few things to remember. Follow pasta box cooking instructions, they usually are right on. Salt the water for flavor. To keep pasta from sticking be sure to have lots of water in your pot, at least several inches above the pasta and stir frequently. Putting oil in the water does not keep pasta from sticking. You have heard the saying oil and water don’t mix right? Well it’s true, oil just floats on top of the water having no effect on the pasta. After pasta is cooked, strain in a colander (do not rinse) and then drizzle with olive oil and toss to prevent sticking.

Chicken Piccata from The Organic Kitchen

MAKING THIS MEAL GLUTEN FREE AND JUST AS GOOD!

If you live without gluten you don’t have to miss out on exceptional pasta! Jovial Foodsmakes the best gluten free pasta around. I am lucky enough to live by a store that carries it, but if you aren’t you can order it here!

The Recipe: Chicken Piccata

What you will need: a good knife (my favorite) and a good pan.

5 from 3 votes
Chicken Piccata
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
A light lemony chicken and pasta dish! Can serve 2-4 depending on appetites.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, easy pasta recipe, kid-friendly recipes
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • The Recipe: Chicken Piccata
  • 16 ounces pasta (or if you prefer no pasta, see serving suggestions above)
  • 2 organic chicken breasts made into four cutlets .
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup flour (we use Jovial gluten free)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/3 C white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2/3 C chicken broth
  • 1 lemon juice one half, slice other half
  • 1 T capers drained
  • 3 T butter
  • 2 T Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • Pasta cooked according to package instructions
Instructions
  1. If using pasta, start a large pot of water and bring to a boil, cook pasta according to package directions. While waiting for water, prepare all ingredients

To make cutlets:
  1. Cut a chicken breast in half so it is half as thick as it was (they don't have to be perfect so no worries if one half is a little thicker than the other) then place between plastic wrap or parchment paper and pound with a rolling pin till chicken is about 1/4 inch thin.
  2. Sprinkle each cutlet, front and back, lightly with our sea salt and a little freshly ground pepper and then dredge with flour. Set aside.

  3. (just a reminder to start pasta when water is boiling:)

  4. Place a large pan on med/high heat, add olive oil to coat bottome of pan

  5. When pan and oil are hot, add cutlets.
  6. Sauté for 3 minutes or until golden in color, turn and cook other side for 3 minutes.
  7. Remove chicken from pan, place on a plate and cover (they do not need to be cooked through)

  8. Turn heat off. Add wine to pan.
  9. Turn heat back on to medium and scrape pan with rubber spatula to loosen any browning and chicken bits.

  10. When wine simmers, add minced garlic.
  11. Simmer for about two minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic, then add broth, butter, lemon juice, lemon slices and capers, stir

  12. Return to simmer and add cutlets to pan. Cook for a minute or two on each side. (do not overcook).
  13. Check chicken to be sure it is cooked through.
  14. When pasta is al dente, pour into a colander (do not rinse) drizzle with a little olive oil and toss.
  15. To plate: place pasta on each dish, top with chicken and sauce.
  16. Garnish with parsley and serve.

I hope your family loves this recipe as much as we do! ~ Linda Spiker

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