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30 Minutes

Chicken, Zucchini and Lemon Penne with Salad

  • Easy
  • Fast

This deliciously fast pasta may seem simple (and, really, it is), but the flavour is utterly perky with a good amount of lemon zest and fennel seeds to give your palate gentle wake up tap. Chicken goes in to up the protein, while zucchini and rocket represent for the vegetable section of the food pyramid.




Prepare Vegetables

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil in preparation for step 2. Meanwhile, thinly slice zucchini into rounds. Crush garlic. Zest and juice lemon. Rinse and separate lettuce leaves and roughly chop.



Cook Pasta

Add pasta to saucepan of boiling water and cook for 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving 125ml (½ cup) pasta water. While pasta is cooking, continue with step 3.



Cook Chicken

Trim chicken and cut into thirds. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a frypan over medium-high heat. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 3–4 minutes or until golden brown and almost cooked through. Remove from pan, place in a bowl and set aside.



Cook Zucchini

Add 2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add zucchini, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until softened and zucchini is collapsing. Add fennel seeds, garlic and lemon zest and stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant.



Add Pasta

Return chicken to pan with pasta, reserved pasta water and rocket leaves and stir until warmed through and rocket has wilted. Add ½ the parmesan, ½ the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and remove from heat.



Plate Up

Place lettuce, remaining lemon juice and remaining olive oil in a bowl with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Divide pasta between bowls and top with remaining parmesan. Serve with salad.

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