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Lemon Garlic Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

April 16, 2015

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I am super excited about sharing this dish with you today, because it is the perfect combination of a made-from-scratch recipe and a made-from-a-box recipe! This lemon garlic chicken is flavorful and easy to prepare and the fettuccine with asparagus is pre-made but tweaked for added awesomeness.

All the ingredients in this recipe were located at my local Aldi grocery store and you can easily find these items at your own grocery store you frequent, as well. I have been a loyal Aldi shopper for a few years now. It is the most affordable way to feed my family healthy and it is easy to take the kids for a quick trip, or all out grocery haul.

Aldi carries it’s own brand, similar to Target Up & Up or the like, and they offer huge savings on fresh produce, meat, and organic products. You will see name brand products like Kellogg’s cereal or Yoplait yogurt, but mostly, Aldi carries its own brand of foods.

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I’ll break this recipe down into two parts: the chicken and the pasta, and then I’ll tell you exactly how to put the two together to look so pretty! My husband has always been a self-proclaimed red sauce pasta lover and vegetable hater (unless it’s wrapped in a Chipotle burrito!) s0, when I hesitantly handed him a heaping plate of alfredo pasta with asparagus, I thought he would hand it back!

However, as I gave him his plate, he exclaimed, “This looks awesome! I love asparagus!”. Ummm, who are you, dear husband? Pretty sure we have been married 7 years and I did not know you “love asparagus”! I’m not complaining! Asparagus with everything, please!

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Shopping List:
Chicken Tenderloins or Breasts
Olive Oil
Lemon
Minced Garlic
Parsley Flakes
Salt
Butter
Fettuccine Noodles
Jar of Alfredo Sauce
Fresh Parmesan
Bag of Steameable Asparagus

Lemon Garlic Chicken adapted from One Good Thing by Jillee
1 – 2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1 T parsley flakes
Juice of one whole lemon
8 to 10 chicken tenders (or 4-6 chicken breasts)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Dust chicken with salt and then place all ingredients into a 1-gallon freezer bag. Remove air and seal tightly. Gently squeeze bag to mix ingredients and thoroughly coat chicken. If you have time you can put the bag in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 min to a few hours.

When ready, heat fry pan on med-high heat and sear chicken to lock-in marinade and achieve the beautiful brown texture. Approximately 3 minutes a side. Transfer hot chicken to baking dish and cook at 350 degrees until internal temperature of chicken reaches 160 degrees. For me, using chicken tenders, my chicken was cooked through after 20 minutes. Your cooking time may be more if you are using chicken breasts.

Once cooked, remove chicken from oven and top pan with tin foil until ready to put on your pasta.

Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus
Fettuccine Noodles
Jar of Alfredo Sauce
Fresh Parmesan Cheese
.5 T Butter
Bag of Steameable Asparagus

Boil desired portion of fettuccine noodles to desired tenderness as described on noodle packaging. While noodles are boiling, heat steamable asparagus in microwave according to it’s packaging. Heat fry pan on medium heat. Once steamed, place asparagus in hot pan with butter and brown asparagus. This takes 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

Rinse pan and heat on medium. Drain fettuccine noodles place desired portion in pan with desired amount of alfredo sauce. When sauce and noodles are well combined and heated through, place on serving plate. Top noodles with parmesan cheese. Top noodles with asparagus. Top asparagus with lemon garlic chicken. Garnish with fresh lemon.

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This dish is surprisingly light. There is something about the acid in the lemon that brightens the chicken up and then the smoothy alfredo sauce molds everything together. You don’t need to go crazy with the sauce either, I think I used a couple tablespoons for my portion.

You could serve this meal with garlic bread and/or salad with vinaigrette dressing. I deconstructed this dish for my kids by serving them the chicken, noodles with butter on the side, asparagus and fresh fruit! All from Aldi, of course!

Isn’t it fun to try something new and have you family appreciate it? Do you typically use alfredo or marinara in your recipes? Do you shop at Aldi?

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1 Comment

  • Reply Farrah April 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    This recipe combines so many of my favorite things! 😀 Can’t wait to try it out!

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