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Chicken scampi pasta

Ingredients: 

Kosher salt 

1 pound chicken cutlets, thinly sliced into 1/2 inch strips 

3 tablespoons olive oil 

8 tablespoons unsalted butter 

6 cloves garlic, sliced 

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 

1/2 cup dry white wine 

12 ounces angel hair pasta 

Juice from one large lemon 

1 teaspoon lemon zest 

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan 

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 

Instructions: 

Begin by bringing a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta. While the water is boiling, season the chicken with some salt. Then, heat a large skillet up on the stove over medium-high heat until the pan is hot. Once the pan is hot, add the boil and brown the chicken until it is golden but not cooked through. I would recommend working it batches with the chicken, so it is easier to manage. Cook the chicken for approximately two to three minutes per batch, then remove them to a place once cooked partially. 

Next, melt four tablespoons of the unsalted butter to the pan. Then add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook them together until the garlic begins to turn golden at the edges; this will take approximately 30 seconds to one minute. Next, add the wine and bring it to a simmer and cook it until it reduced by half, approximately two minutes, then remove the pan from the heat. 

While preparing the chicken and garlic, cook the pasta until it is al dente, making sure to put one cup of pasta water aside for later.  

Once the pasta is cooked, add the pasta along with 3/4 cup pasta water to the skillet along with the chicken, lemon juice, lemon zest, and the remaining 4 tablespoons unsalted butter.  

Once all the ingredients are added, reduce the heat for the pan to medium-low and gently stir the pasta until the butter is melted. Add the remaining pasta water if the pasta seems too dry. 

Finally, remove the pan from the heat, sprinkle it with the grated parmesan cheese and parsley.  

Toss it all together and enjoy hot! 

Commentary: 

I enjoy making pasta recipes as they are quick, easy, and relatively cheap for a college student! Pasta recipes can also be changed to suit the tastes of the chef as well!  

This recipe can be easily altered and made easier. If you don’t have angel hair pasta, regular spaghetti noodles work, if you don’t have fresh parmesan you can use some from a package or bottle. 

 Additionally, you can add or remove some ingredients to suit your needs or lifestyle. If you are under 21, the wine is not necessary for the recipe. You can also add more vegetables such as broccoli or spinach with the current ingredients or take out the chicken if you don’t eat meat and replace it with more veggies. You can also add more or less red pepper flakes depending if you like a little spice or not.  

Overall, you can use this recipe as a base and experiment and adjust it to your tastes! 

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