I love it when dinner comes together quickly with basic pantry staples. I created this Lemon Thyme Linguine with Chicken and Broccoli using linguine and frozen broccoli in a delicious lemon butter sauce. The broccoli and pasta cook simultaneously to help save time. A fresh baguette from your local bread maker is a worthwhile accompaniment.
Lemon Thyme Linguine with Chicken and Broccoli
- 1/2 of a 16 oz box of linguine, cooked according to package directions
- 1/2 of a 16 oz bag of frozen broccoli
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Lemon Pepper
For the sauce:
- 1/2 medium onion, minced
- 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup Sauvignon Blanc White wine
- 6 oz Unsalted Butter, divided
- 1 large lemon, juice and zest
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon or regular mustard
- 5 springs Fresh Thyme, divided
- Salt and Pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions. When pasta is placed in the boiling water, also add broccoli directly from the freezer. There is no need to thaw it. Once cooked, drain, reserving a few tablespoons of pasta water and set aside. In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high. Season chicken breasts on both sides with lemon pepper and salt. Cook for about 4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the chicken, turning once. Remove chicken to a plate and let rest.
In the same skillet, saute onion until translucent, about two minutes. You may need to add a teaspoon more oil if the pan is dry. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add 4 oz of butter and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add wine, lemon juice, zest and mustard and increase heat to high, bringing to a boil. Once boiling, add 3 sprigs fresh thyme and reduce heat to medium-low. Add in remaining butter and stir. Simmer until liquid has reduced slightly and thickened. Remove thyme and discard.
In a medium bowl, toss remaining pasta water, pasta and broccoli with the lemon butter sauce. Garnish with remaining fresh thyme.
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