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Chicken Avocado Pasta (Date Night Edition)

This pasta is served in a creamy avocado sauce, loaded with roasted cherry tomatoes and topped with tender strips of chicken!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Date Night, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Calories: 740kcal
Cost: £4 / $5

Equipment

  • Small Oven Tray (for roasted tomatoes)
  • Frying/Griddle Pan & Tongs (for chicken)
  • Large Pot & Colander (for pasta)
  • Food Processor (for avocado sauce)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Zip Lock Bag
  • Large Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

Creamy Avocado Pasta

  • 7oz / 200g Linguine, or long-cut pasta of choice
  • 1/4 cup/ 60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large (or 2 small/medium) Avocado, ripe but not bruised
  • 1 large handful / packed cup Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice only (or to taste)
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

Grilled Chicken

  • 1 large Chicken Breast
  • 1/4 tsp each: Dried Oregano, Dried Thyme, Garlic Powder, Salt
  • drizzle of Olive Oil
  • squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • Black Pepper, to taste

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

  • 1 cup / 200g Cherry Tomatoes
  • drizzle of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

To Serve

Instructions

Roasted Tomatoes

  • In a small oven tray, combine cherry tomatoes, a drizzle of olive oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 10-12mins at 200C/390F or until they just being to wrinkle. For a more intense flavour roast at a lower temp over a longer period of time (as low as 150c/300f for as long as 1hour+).

Chicken

  • Meanwhile, butterfly your chicken breast right through to make 2 even sized breasts. Combine in a zip lock bag with 1/4 tsp oregano, thyme, salt, a drizzle of oil, a squeeze of lemon juice & a pinch of black pepper and allow to marinate for as long as you have time for (up to 8 hours). If you're pushed for time just leave at room temp whilst you prep the other ingredients. If marinating take out fridge at least 15mins before needed.
  • Grill/fry over medium-high heat for a few mins each side, until white through the centre. Allow to rest to one side (important to retain juices) then just before serving, slice into strips, ensuring you slice against the grain and at an angle.

Avocado Pasta

  • Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Scoop out a cup of starchy pasta water just before draining.
  • In a food processor, combine avocado, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, garlic clove, lemon juice and a hefty pinch of salt and pepper (season well to bring out the best in this simple sauce). Add a dash more oil if it needs smoothing out.
  • In a large mixing bowl (or the frying pan if it's completely cooled down) combine pasta with avocado sauce and toss until the pasta is silky smooth and coated in the sauce. Add in your roasted tomatoes WITH the juices from the pan. If you need to, add a few splashes of the starchy pasta water to help create the sauce (discard water if not needed).

Combined

  • Serve pasta with sliced grilled chicken on top, a heavy sprinkling of parmesan, a side salad and some garlic bread. Enjoy!

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Notes

a) Side Salad - Here I simply used Rocket/Arugula, Pine Nuts, Red Onion, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon Juice and Seasoning. Also, check out my Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe!
b) Avocado - Ensure it's nice and ripe, if the avocado if underripe the sauce will taste bitter and it'll be difficult to blend.
c) Chicken -Really important to firstly make sure the chicken is close to room temp before frying (cold chicken will seize up and go chewy) but also important to let it rest before slicing. If you slice it right away it'll loose it's juiciness and go dry.
d) Calories based on no sides or toppings, just the chicken, pasta, sauce and tomatoes then shared between 2.

Nutrition

Calories: 740kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.22g | Protein: 30.99g | Fat: 49.81g | Saturated Fat: 7.349g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.094g | Monounsaturated Fat: 33.778g | Trans Fat: 0.015g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 989mg | Fiber: 10.1g | Sugar: 4.81g | Vitamin A: 3500IU | Vitamin C: 44.6mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3.4mg