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Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

Chicken thighs provide an intense chicken flavour in this creamy lemon chicken pasta, throw in some anchovies and capers and you have a taste sensation!

Lemon chicken is such a popular flavour combination and one I have used at length here on krumpli and this creamy lemon chicken pasta dish is another play on that idea and a really tasty one… Simply roasted chicken thighs really do have so much flavour, throwing in a load of lemon juice to create that whole citrus mojo juts adds another level of that flavour. I have no idea why but creamy sauces are pretty much a rarity for me on pasta, I have no idea why, I don’t dislike them, quite the opposite in fact I just seem to always seem to gravitate to darker sauces. This really should be on my table much more often because it is simply delicious and hose little flecks of chicken skin are pure magic.

I use anchovies to form a foundation in this lemon chicken pasta, they are an ingredient I sue a lot in surprising places, they are seriously not fishy… Quite the opposite actually they add a level of meatiness to a recipe that you can detect but can’t quite put your finger on, as far as I am concerned they are one of the most magical ingredients in the store cupboard, they get used in everything from the asparagus soup to these crispy roasted chicken drummers and a whole lot in between. If you have tried them on pizza and think you don’t like them then there is a whole world of cooking and flavour you are ignoring, seriously I am not being paid by the anchovy marketing board for this (although if you are reading this and want to slip me a few quid then we can talk), they truly are a superfood and I mean that in the best way possible, they are a food that enhances flavour in everything they tough!

Chicken thighs provide an intense chicken flavour in this creamy lemon chicken pasta, throw in some anchovies and capers and you have a taste sensation!
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Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

Chicken thighs provide an intense chicken flavour in this creamy lemon chicken pasta, throw in some anchovies and capers and you have a taste sensation!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 350 g Chicken Thighs: Boneless skin on.
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil.
  • 3 Cloves Garlic. Left whole.
  • 10 g Chives.
  • 35 g Capers: Cut up if using extra large like me.
  • 35 ml Lemon Juice: That's roughly the juice of one lemon.
  • 3 Fillets Anchovy.
  • 150 g Pasta: Something like penne or tortiglioni is perfect.
  • 150 ml Cream.
  • Salt: To taste.
  • Pepper: To taste.

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan over a medium high heat and when hot add the oil.

  2. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and sear skin side down in the pan.

  3. When golden flip the chicken, throw in the garlic, lemon juice and anchovies then roast in the oven at 180°C for 30 minutes, or until cooked.

  4. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta as per the instructions timed to be finished just after the chicken comes out of the oven.

  5. When the chicken comes out of the oven remove and shred the chicken setting aside a little of the skin to sprinkle after to maintain a crunch.

  6. Drain most of the fat from the pan you cooked the chicken in keeping all the good stuff.

  7. Squeeze out the contents of the garlic, add in the capers, shredded chicken and drained pasta and stir.

  8. Finally pour in the cream and chives and stir to bring to temperature.

Chicken thighs provide an intense chicken flavour in this creamy lemon chicken pasta, throw in some anchovies and capers and you have a taste sensation!
Chicken thighs provide an intense chicken flavour in this creamy lemon chicken pasta, throw in some anchovies and capers and you have a taste sensation!
2017-12-08T05:27:41+00:00

12 Comments

  1. Emily December 8, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Mmm this sounds so delicious, anchovies, capers, and lemon are such a perfect combo!

  2. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry December 8, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

    I’m a big fan of lemon chicken and pasta is one of my staples – I love pasta dishes – so definitely going to be trying this!

  3. Elizabeth December 8, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Oh goodness this sounds good! I took out some chicken thighs last night to make jerk chicken for dinner tonight, but my daughter has eaten all the limes so I can’t make the marinade! I think I might make this instead as I have all these ingredients. 🙂

  4. Shashi at Savory Spin December 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I am so intrigued by your use of anchovies as a foundation in this lemon pasta and chicken! I was always under the assumption that anchovies could easily overpower a dish so reading that it just adds another level of flavor that’s hard to out a finger on has me so so inspired and intrigued – all at once. So gotta try this sometime. Thanks so much.

    • Brian Jones December 11, 2017 at 7:46 am - Reply

      Anchovies are a funny old ingredient, a bit like garlic in many ways… Raw or only lightly cooked then they are both really very strong and capable of dominating any dish, which is probably why most people think they do not like anchovies. But when cooked at the start of the process in oil or butter they almost melt and become a much softer savoury hint in the background of dishes that is probably best described as meaty rather than fishy. It’s a really old classic technique and idea.

  5. Meredith December 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    This pasta dish looks so delicious! I love the lemon and chicken combination!

  6. Kathrin December 15, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    So bad that boneless chicken thighs are not being sold in Germany. They are so much juicier than other parts… i have to work on my knife skills, i guess. Sounds delicious.

    • Brian Jones December 18, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

      Really, that’s pretty rubbish, you don’t need any mad skills just take t slowly, free the bone and you are good to go.

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