Weeknight Chicken Scampi

When I was young, a trip to Lexington and meal at Olive Garden was one of my favorite things to do. Their chicken scampi was my go-to favorite! This at home version is quick and super delicious! To save on time and clean-up on a weeknight, I like using par-ready chicken instead of frying from scratch.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1-1 1/2 lb frozen breaded chicken
  • breasts or chicken of choice
  • Garnish options: shredded parmesan and sliced fresh basil
  • Recipe

    If preparing frozen chicken, preheat oven or air fryer and bake according to package directions until toasted. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti just shy of al de. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water, drain the pasta, and set aside. Add olive oil and butter to a medium skillet on medium-high. Once the pan is hot and butter melted, add the onion, peppers, and mushrooms. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper, and cook an additional minute. Stir in the broth, lemon juice, cream, and parmesan, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer 5 minutes. Fold in the drained pasta and incorporate with the sauce. Add the reserved pasta water, and simmer 3 minutes. Cut the chicken into large pieces and fold into the pasta. Plate, and garnish as desired.

    Approximate Nutrition Information for 1/3 of the recipe: 610 calories, 24g fat, 57g carbs, 41g pro protein

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    When I was young, a trip to Lexington and meal at Olive Garden was one of my favorite things to do. Their chicken scampi was my go-to favorite! This at home version is quick and super delicious! To save on time and clean-up on a weeknight, I like using par-ready chicken instead of frying from scratch.