With three kids we are always busy. Between school, playing soccer, religious education classes, after school clubs and homework sometimes I barely have 30 minutes to cook AND eat dinner before we are rushing out onto the next activity. I’m always tempted to grab something on the go, but not only is that expensive, but not always the healthiest of options. On these busy evenings, I love using some short cuts to help me make a mostly home-cooked meal that will be filling and healthy. This 15 minute creamy lemon chicken pasta is just that- it seriously takes about 15 minutes to make and tastes YUM. Kid friendly, wholesome and filling.
To speed up the prep and cooking time, I like to use a few tricks. I’m not a fast chopper so I like to quickly dice my onion, garlic and fresh herbs in my food processor- sure it’s an additional dish to wash, but it literally takes 10 seconds and they get chopped super small, which is key with my kids. Also when I am serving a veggie in my pasta, I usually I like to cook my frozen veggies in the same water as the pasta! This works great with broccoli and saves an extra pan and some extra time. Lastly, when time is of the essence, I love using these Foster Farms Crispy Chicken Breasts. These chicken breasts cook in under 5 minutes in the microwave and are high in protein and have a kid-friendly flavor. They are made with all natural ingredients and have no added hormones or steroids. I love making my own chicken fingers from scratch, but on these very busy evenings, cutting corners is a must!
- 6-8 ozs. of pasta
- 1 T Olive Oil
- ¼ c. diced onion
- 2 cloves of diced garlic
- 3 fresh sage leaves (or ¼ t dry)
- 1 c. low sodium chicken stock
- ⅛ t dried parsley
- 3-4 Foster Farms Crispy Chicken Breasts
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- ⅔ c. frozen peas
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1 t cornstarch mixed with 1 t water
- Begin your pasta in heavily salted water after it has come to a boil.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat your olive oil in a small sauté pan and add in diced onion, garlic and sage. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until onions are clear. Add in the chicken stock and lemon juice and simmer for 5.
- To cook the peas, just add into the boiling pasta water after about 3 or 4 minutes of cooking it.
- While it's simmering, cook the Foster Farms Crispy Chicken Strips according to the packaged directions.
- To thicken the sauce, make what is called a "slurry" by mixing the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and then add it to the sauce. Add in the parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
- To finish, toss cooked pasta and sauce, add in diced chicken and top with parmesan or mozzarella cheese.
This pasta is some of the fastest you can make and even comes with a homemade sauce! It will fill your little’s tummies and keep them fueled for soccer practice or whatever comes your way! By using these Foster Farms Chicken Strips, I not only am adding vial protein to` their dinner but I saved about 20 minutes on not having to cook the chicken from scratch. To learn more about the 21 flavors of chicken you can choose from and also for a coupon, check out their website, Amazing Chicken!
What’s your favorite way to save time in the kitchen for those busy and crazy nights??
Disclosure: In exchange for my honest review and opinion, I received some product for my family to try and was compensated. All opinions and the recipe are my own!