Lemon and Sage Marinated Chicken with Sweet Pepper Linguini

Not your average chicken and pasta dinner! Making your own pasta sauce is an easy way to dress up any ol’ dinnertime standbye. The sweet vegetables provide an excellent contrast to the lightly lemony chicken and are also a great way to celebrate the last of summer’s delicious produce. Eat up!

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4

CHICKEN & MARINADE:

  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 chicken breasts

SAUCE:

  • ½ red onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 6 sweet peppers
  • 4 tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme

PASTA:

  • 1 lb pasta
  • water
  • salt

PREPARATION

Roughly chop the sage leaves, combine with the rest of the marinade ingredients in a gallon plastic bag. Allow the mixture to marinate (preferably overnight but at least 4 hours).

SAUCE:

Mince the garlic and onion.

Splash some olive oil into a small sautee pan. Add the garlic, onion, and thyme, stir briefly then allow the mixture to sit for about 25 minutes.

Slice the sweet peppers into thin slices and chop the tomatoes.

Add the tomatoes and peppers to the caramelized onion mixture. Let this simmer for at least 20 minutes (longer won’t hurt at all). The sauce should become thick.

CHICKEN:

Preheat a cast iron skillet on the stove.

Place the chicken breasts in the ban, drizzling a little bit of the marinade over the meat.

Cook uncovered for about 5 minutes on each side (until each side is golden brown), then cover and let cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until the inside isn’t pink at all.

PASTA:

Boil water.

Add pasta.

Cook until done. Obviously.

I topped my feast with a balsamic reduction: just pour about ½ cup balsamic vinegar into a saucepan and let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until it is a syrup.

ENJOY! 

~Julianne

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