Grilled Chicken with Angel Hair Pasta

So when I was deciding what I wanted to make for dinner tonight I knew I wanted something with basil in it.  That thought alone reminded me that I hadn’t watered my basil plant in like 2 days.  Crap!!!!!  It was okay but it didn’t look very happy.  That is the only thing I am responsible for watering.  I kill plants.  Not on purpose.   Many plants have perished in my household.  🙁  🙁 🙁  I either over-water or under-water and if they end up having a slight chance of surviving, one of the cats chews on them and pukes it up on the carpet.  Never the tile, always the carpet!!!

Sometimes I am just in the mood for pasta.  Ok.  A lot of times I am in the mood for pasta.   I like angel hair because it has a “lightness” to it.   Paired with a lemon-garlic-butter sauce and some grilled chicken=delightful!    

I like to buy the herb packs that are called “poultry blend” that have rosemary, sage, and thyme in it.  I have only been able to find this blend at King Soopers. 

To make the marinade for the chicken, put herbs, salt, red pepper flakes, and olive oil into a mini food processor and pulse until combined.  Pour this over the chicken and set aside.

Cook pasta like the box says.  Salt your pasta water when it comes to a boil.  If you don’t the noodles will taste bland as hell.

This is the perfect dish for me because you don’t have to measure anything.  Well,  I don’t measure anything.  I just throw it all together.  While the noodles are cooking, melt about 1/2 stick of butter with a couple tablespoons of olive oil.  Add 3 cloves of minced garlic.  This should be done on low heat by the way or you’ll burn the gawlic.  After about 5 minutes, add the juice and zest of a lemon.  Add some halved cherry tomatoes and a bunch of chiffonaded (is that even a word?)  basil.  Add some pasta water to make it saucy.  Drain pasta and combine with sauce.  Keep warm while grilling chicken.

Grill chicken about 1 minute on each side until cooked.  These are thin cuts so they cook fast.

 

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Serve it all in a big family style bowl and Viola!!!  Isn’t it perty?

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Maybe I should get some cacti?