Lemony Penne with Chicken and Bacon
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uncooked penne½ pound(s)
uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s)1 pound(s), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
table salt¾ tsp
black pepper¼ tsp
olive oil1 Tbsp
uncooked shallot(s)1 large, thinly sliced
red pepper flakes¼ tsp
uncooked zucchini2 medium, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
grape tomatoes1 cup(s), halved
uncooked turkey bacon3 slice(s), cooked crisp and crumbled
basil½ cup(s), loosely packed fresh leaves, thinly sliced
lemon zest1 tsp, grated
fresh lemon juice2 Tbsp
olive oil cooking spray1 spray(s)
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving ¼ cup cooking water.
- Meanwhile, spray large skillet with olive-oil nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and black pepper. Add to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, just until chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to bowl.
- Add oil to skillet. Add shallot and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, until shallot is golden, about 2 minutes. Add zucchini and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
- Add pasta, chicken and any accumulated juices, tomatoes, bacon, basil, and lemon zest and juice to skillet and stir to combine. If needed, stir in reserved pasta cooking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to moisten.
- Serving size: 1⅓ cups