Italian Chicken Scampi

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  • 6 ounces dry whole grain spaghetti or angel hair pasta
  • 1 pound chicken, (boneless skinless) cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • A little salt and pepper
  • ⅓ cup reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup white wine, see shopping tip
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • Chives for garnish, optional


1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Cook the pasta al dente (not overcooked). Drain and set aside.

2. Sprinkle chicken with 1 tablespoon lemon juice and a little salt and pepper. Coat a large nonstick pan with cooking spray. Add chicken pieces. Cook for about 4 minutes, using a spatula, turn over, stir often and continue to cook for about 3-4 minutes, until chicken is cooked completely. Remove to a plate and set aside.

3. Wipe pan clean and coat with more cooking spray.  Melt butter in pan. Add salt, pepper and garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in white wine, chicken broth and lemon juice. Cook over medium-high heat until it starts to boil, turn heat down to medium and continue to cook for about 2-3 minutes until the mixture is reduced to about ¾ cup.

4. Add flour to sauce and whisk until combined. Sauté over medium heat for 1 minute. Mix in cooked chicken and sauté until heated through.

5. To plate each serving: Divide ¾ cup pasta on each plate. Spoon about 1 cup of Chicken Scampi with sauce on top of pasta. Garnish each with chopped chives, if desired.

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