Lemon Basil Chicken Pasta
Penne pasta and grilled chicken all tossed together in a creamy lemon basil sauce! This will definitely be your next family favorite!
Servings: 4 people
For the pasta:
- 4 chicken breasts, cooked & cut into cubes
- 1 box penne pasta*
For the sauce:
- ½ stick butter
- 3-4 lemons, juiced
- ½ cup half & half
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¾ cup shaved parmesan** (or 1 5oz. container)
- ⅓ cup chopped basil leaves
- Lemon zest
Cook the pasta according to the box's directions. Drain it and pour it into a large bowl with the chopped chicken. Set aside.
In a sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Pour in the lemon juice and whisk them together.
Add the half & half and heavy cream and whisk until it's hot. Add the parmesan cheese and keep whisking until all the cheese has melted. Stir in a sprinkle of basil and lemon zest.
Pour the sauce over the pasta and chicken and stir until everything is coated. Sprinkle the top with the remaining basil and lemon zest and serve!
*Farfalle (bowtie) pasta also works well for this recipe too.
**I've found that shaved parmesan works the best for this recipe because it melts easily. You can also use shredded parmesan too but I would NOT recommend using grated!