Back in the early days of my marriage I had a love/hate relationship with processed foods. Prepackaged mixes and meals were easy and nearly fool proof, but lacked flavor and had way too much junk in them. I wanted something better.
This was it. This spaghetti dish is one of the very first I successfully cooked from scratch all those years ago. Up until then I had made some somewhat edible attempts, but nothing that great. It was revelation to our family how easy good food really could be to make and the flavor.......yum!
I still make this meal nearly once a week and it's always one of the first to be requested when asked what's for dinner. It makes an excellent lunch but also serves as really nice dinner served alongside a salad and garlic bread.
I'm going to post the recipe as I made it for years, but now that the kids are hitting their teenage years (they eat so much!!) I have to double it. It doubles quite successfully and is still just as delicious.
Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Toss
2 green onions, chopped separating the green tops from the lighter white bottoms
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. chicken breasts, sliced thinly
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
8 oz. thin spaghetti
In a large pot, cook spaghetti noodles according to the package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the chicken, green onion bottoms (the white part) and garlic in butter 4-5 minutes or until onions are tender and chicken is nearly cooked through.
Add the lemon juice, seasoned salt, lemon pepper and parsley to the skillet. Cover and cook on med-low heat for 10 minutes (the spaghetti noodles should be done about the same time).
Drain spaghetti. Add to the chicken mixture in the skillet. Toss to coat.
Top each serving with the remaining green onion tops.
This is also very good with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
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