Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Chicken,Mushrooms and Artichoke hearts with Cheese tortellini in a light lemon, butter sauce

This is a picture of the beginning, the beginning of a fantastic recipe from Pam, over at For the love of cooking. Her blog is one of my go to blogs when I am looking to try something new. Please go visit her, if you haven't,I guarantee you will find a thing or two to try. Anyway, on to this great dish. Like I said, this is the beginning , chicken swimming in oil,lemon zest, garlic and basil. How bad could that be?Marinade:


2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
3-4 leaves of basil, chopped
zest of 1 lemon
salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil(for cooking )


Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap, and pound them, with a mallet, until 1/4 inch thick. Place chicken in ziploc bag and add 1 tbsp olive oil,garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Mix so the chicken is evenly coated. Let marinate for 1 hour. I let mine go for at least 4 hours.

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in large skillet, over med heat. Once hot, add chicken breast and cook for 4 minutes, then flip and cook another 3-4 minutes, or until juices run clear. You can also grill them, which I was lucky enough to have my hubby do for me. Let the chicken cool for 5 minutes before cutting into bite size pieces.


Don' t they look great? Right here at this point you could serve them as is, with a few side dishes and you have a great alternative to regular breaded chicken cutlets. I have served them as is and they are fantastic, but we must move forward.



The Rest:

8 oz button mushrooms, sliced
1 cup frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1 handful grape tomatoes
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp parmesan cheese
1 package cheeses tortellini, prepared per instructions
juice of 2 lemons
2 tbsp butter
5-6 basil leaves, chopped
salt and pepper



Cook tortellini according to package. While pasta is cooking, add mushrooms to skillet where you cooked chicken and add more oil, if needed.Saute 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add artichoke hearts, tomatoes and garlic. Stir frequently for 1 minute. Add tortellini, chicken, lemon juice, butter, basil and salt and pepper to taste. Warm through and serve.






I love this recipe, it has so many of my favorite things in it and many of us probably have most of these things in our kitchen already. It is a light meal, great for when the weather is hot. Thanks, Pam, for a recipe that is a total keeper.














19 comments:

  1. It looks delicious, I'm always looking for good chicken recipes, thanks!

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  2. It does sound like a simple and delicious meal for these warmer weather days...good job :P

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  3. I love Pam's blog! Great tribute. Your chicken looks fantastic.

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  4. Yum, this looks great!
    I love all the colors!

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  5. Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog and for trying a recipe - I am so glad you liked it. I also wanted to say thanks for a link back to my site.

    The coconut bread down below is making my mouth water. Mmmmm good.

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  6. How funny! I make baked chicken with the same stuff tonight. :0)

    This looks very yummy!

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  7. This is FILLED with tastes I love. And I love to grill. Thank you, thank you, how can I ever thank you?

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  8. This looks SO good, all those great flavors! Delish!

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  9. The chicken looks great and goes well with artichoke hearts and tortellini. Yummy meal!

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  10. That looks so good, especially with the tortellini!! I love that the chicken is grilled first for great flavor!

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  11. Pam does have the loveliest recipes - you've done a great job with this one :o)

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  12. I am aiming to try this one or her dish that is similar but includes fingerlings, if my store ever has them in! This dish looks fabulous, love everything about it!

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  13. This sounds so good!!!

    I have an award waiting for you at my blog :)

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  14. This looks like a great summer recipe. I love grilled chicken with pasta. This one is a keeper!

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  15. Wow. It looks amazing and yummy. Good recipe. I find artichoke very tasty. It is good for health. It is rich in iodine. It reduces cholesterol and improves blood circulation.

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