Lovely Lime Basil Chicken

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Sometimes it’s good to try new things, and tonight was one of those nights.  The original recipe just called for marinading the chicken, and there really wasn’t much else to it.   I make an effort to put my own spin on recipes, and this was one that I would say turned out deliciously!  In any recipe I make, I always try to incorporate a carb and a vegetable (or several).   I loooove my vegetables so I added tons to the dish, and you can too, but if you’re not a veggie lover like I am, you can choose to nix the healthy stuff :).  It’s a fairly easy recipe and something you could certainly modify as you go, which is why I loved it for the two of us.

Ingredients:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup lime juice and 1/8 tablespoon reserved
1 tablespoon fresh basil reserved
1/8 teaspoon cilantro
3 garlic cloves, chopped OR 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil reserved
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1-2 cups mixed veggies (I used: onion, broccoli, red pepper, and green beans)
4-6oz pasta – enough to serve 2 people
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce reserved

Instructions:

1. Dice chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper.  (You can also cook the chicken as is, just pounded about 1/2 inch thin)

2. In a small bowl, mix 1/8 cup lime juice, 1/2 tablespoon basil, 1/2 olive oil, cilantro, garlic, and honey. Pour over chicken and turn pieces to coat evenly. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes or overnight. Side note: I didn’t have the luxury of marinating mine and they still turned out great!

3. While chicken is marinading, start chopping your vegetables to desired size

4. Start heating a pan on medium heat and add the chicken.  Put the remaining olive oil in another medium sized pan and add vegetables.

5.  At this time, the water should be boiling and ready for the pasta.  I always have a HARD time measuring out the right servings of pasta, but I always try to use a handful per-serving and a few extra dry noodles for good measure!  I also add 1 tablespoon soy sauce to the water to give the noodles a little added flavor.

6.  After about 5-6 minutes, flip the chicken and top with remaining cup of lime juice to give it some more flavor.

7.  Another 5-6 minutes everything should be reaching the home stretch – you can test the pasta to make sure it’s done (typically takes about 13 minutes depending on the kind of pasta).  Once that is ready you can strain and leave off to the side.

8.  Once the chicken is finished, add it to the finished vegetables and cook all together.  Add the remaining 1/8 tablespoon lime juice, 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, remaining basil and cook for one minute.

9.  Add the noodles and toss for about 1-2 minutes longer.

10.  Plate, decorate with some basil leaves and cilantro and dig in!

Image   The Chef in the works

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