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Caprese Chicken Skewers with Creamy Lemon Pasta - May 2024 Recipe of the Month

Craving a summer dinner that's both light and flavorful? Look no further than these Caprese Chicken Skewers! Chicken and cherry tomatoes are marinated in Italian goodness, then grilled to juicy perfection. They're served over a creamy lemon pasta that's bursting with fresh flavor. It's a winning combination that's easy to make and sure to impress.

Caprese Chicken Skewers with Creamy Lemon Pasta Recipe

Ingredients:

For the Chicken Skewers:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella balls (pearls or cubed)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Creamy Lemon Pasta:

  • 12 ounces dry pasta (your preference)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Marinate the chicken: In a large bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chopped basil, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours.
  2. Prepare the pasta: Cook pasta according to package directions. While the pasta cooks, whisk together heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a saucepan. Heat over low heat until simmering, then remove from heat.
  3. Assemble and cook the skewers: Preheat a grill pan or grill to medium-high heat. Thread chicken cubes and cherry tomatoes onto skewers. Brush the skewers with olive oil and grill for 5-7 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through and tomatoes are slightly softened.
  4. To serve: Toss the cooked pasta with the creamy lemon sauce. Top with grilled skewers, fresh basil leaves, and an extra drizzle of balsamic vinegar (optional).

Note: This recipe is a basic guideline. Feel free to adjust the amount of marinade ingredients, cheese, and lemon juice to your taste.

Want to impress your guests even more? Serve the dish with a side of crusty bread for dipping in the delicious sauce!