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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Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders Over Pasta with Cream Sauce

This is one of those traditional meals that is just so good everyone leaves the table happy. Crispy Chicken Tenders Over Pasta with Cream Sauce!
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The Meal:

Crispy herb breaded chicken served atop of tender pasta and warm tomatoes and then topped with a creamy sauce with a hint of garlic and lemon! So beautiful, filling and satisfying.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders Over Pasta with Cream Sauce

Get Organized!

This meal has many components: the chicken, pasta, and sauce. When meals have many components it’s important to have all items measured, chopped etc before cooking begins so things go smoothly.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders Over Pasta with Cream Sauce

The Recipe: Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders Over Pasta with Cream Sauce

Tips and what you need: You will be cooking chicken and pasta at the same time. If multi tasking isn’t your bag, recruit someone to help! You will need a large stock pot, a wire cooling rack and a good sea salt! I buy the tub to save money.

5 from 7 votes
Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders Over Pasta with Warm Tomatoes
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

This recipe has quite a few steps, but don’t be intimidated. Just take one step at a time and it will all flow.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cream sauce, easy pasta recipe, pasta
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
For chicken:
  • 1 pound Chicken Tenders (store bought, or make your own by slicing chicken breast into 1/4" pieces)
Chicken Coating
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • juice from half a lemon
Chicken Crumbs
  • 1 cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Sage Cream Sauce~
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped sage
  • pinch of sea salt and pepper
Pasta with Warm Tomatoes
  • 1 lb linguine, cooked to package instructions
  • 4-5 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 3 T Olive Oil
  • Pine Nuts (to taste) optional
Instructions
Prep and measure all ingredients before you begin for a smoother cooking experience
Chicken Prep:
  1. Chicken tenders should be about ¼ inch thick. If they are thicker, place between two sheets of parchment paper and pound with a rolling pin till they are about a ¼ inch thick. Set aside.
  2. In a shallow dish combine egg whites, corn starch and lemon juice.
  3. In another large shallow dish combine all crumb ingredients and toss well.
  4. Dip chicken tenders in egg mixture and coat both sides with bread crumb mixture.
  5. If it falls off, press more on. The egg coating acts as a ‘glue’ to hold crumbs on to chicken.
  6. After coating with bread crumbs allow chicken tenders to “rest” on a wire rack for ½ hour.
While chicken is resting :
  1. Combine the tomatoes, garlic and a pinch of sea salt in a large serving bowl with a paper towel in the bottom of bowl. Toss. Cover and let sit until pasta is ready. Start cream sauce.

Cream Sauce Prep:
  1. In a pot, melt butter on medium heat. When melted add salt, pepper and flour. Whisk until a ‘roux’ forms, this will thicken your sauce. Slowly add cream while whisking. When cream thickens slightly lower heat and add lemon zest, garlic, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes. Add sage and lower flame to keep warm till chicken is ready. Start a large pot of water to cook pasta according to package directions.

Cooking Chicken and Pasta
  1. You will start the chicken and the pasta at the same time.
  2. After chicken has rested for a half hour and pasta water is boiling, use a non stick skillet to sauté chicken on med/high heat in olive oil until golden and crisp, about 4-5 minutes each side, chicken is thin so it cooks quickly. Be sure pan and oil are hot before adding chicken. After placing chicken in pan to cook, add pasta to water, stirring frequently while keeping an eye on chicken.

Cook pasta to package directions and toss with tomatoes:
  1. When pasta is 'al dente', drain into a colander without rinsing, remove paper towel from under tomatoes and immediately place hot pasta on top of the tomato mixture. The heat from the pasta will warm the tomatoes without making them mushy. Drizzle the pasta with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, toss.

To Plate:
  1. Place pasta and tomatoes on plate, top with chicken and sage cream sauce. Sprinkle with pine nuts. Enjoy!

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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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