Spaghetti with balsamic chicken, zucchini and mixed greens

The inspiration for this dinner was found in the most unlikely of places.  My husband and I were getting off the subway at our local stop when we were approached by a lovely person offering us free pasta.  Not only was the pasta free (amazing!) but it happened to be a kind I had been meaning to try: Barilla Plus (with protein incorporated into the pasta).  I immediately switched from what I was originally going to make for dinner to ideas of what I would do with my new bounty.  I felt that healthy pasta deserved equally nutritious ingredients so chicken and veggies came to mind.  I had zucchini in the fridge and felt that spinach and arugula would add a nice freshness.  The EVOO was a given, why would you smother all those beautiful fresh vegetables in sauce?  Add a little sharp Parmesan Reggiano and you have a delicious, healthy pasta meal.

2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Dash of lemon juice
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
Salt, to taste
2 chicken breasts
Container to marinate your chicken (I like to use large Ziploc containers)

First, mix your marinade ingredients.  Cut up your chicken into one inch strips (I cheated and bought chicken cutlets).  Toss your chicken in the marinade and set aside in the fridge.

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1 zucchini
2 cloves garlic, minced
Handful of basil, torn
Handful of arugula and baby spinach
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp chili flakes
Salt, to taste
Parmesan Reggiano
Spaghetti
Large pot
Saute pan

Boil your pasta in heavily salted water while you prepare your chicken and veggies.  Make sure you cook it 1-2 minutes less than the al dente time on the box.  Slice your zucchini lengthwise then chop into 1 cm chunks.  Next, saute your zucchini until browned then add your marinated chicken and minced garlic and cook through.

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When your chicken is fully cooked, remove from heat and set aside until your pasta is done.  Next, drain your pasta and place back in the pot.  Add your chicken, zucchini, basil and mixed veggies and stir with your olive oil.  Toss your pasta with a large handful of mixed greens and remove from heat as soon as wilted.

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Grate some fresh cheese over your pasta and enjoy.

Enjoy!

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