Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

creamylemonchickenpastaCheesy, creamy and brightened by lemon zest, this chicken and penne pasta dish tastes amazing—but takes less than 40 minutes to make!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups penne pasta, uncooked
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 6 oz. (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • Zest and juice from 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; cook 1 min. Add half the chicken; cook 2 min. or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining chicken; return all chicken to skillet.
  3. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Mix reserved water with cream cheese and bouillon until well blended. Add to chicken with lemon zest; mix well. Cover; cook on low heat 5 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in pasta, lemon juice and parsley; cook; uncovered, 1 min. or until heated through, stirring frequently. Stir in cheese.
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