The Boy’s Broccoli Chicken Penne with Lemon Garlic Sauce

The Boy has been experimenting with a lemon garlic pasta sauce he came across a few weeks ago. At first he paired it with mini-penne pasta and Polish Sausage…um…interesting might describe that taste best. I’ll admit, we’ve eaten a lot of “stuff” over time, but getting the kids to start cooking and planning meals is worth it. The Boy was enjoying the cooking and experimenting process and this IS where the learning happens right? So we ate it and talked about it and then we all snacked heavily that evening. 🙂

He kept thinking about it and I’m proud he didn’t give up. Chicken, he thought, might be a better protein source. I suggested that maybe he would like a vegetable to serve either in it, or along side. Broccoli was his choice and you know, it came out really good!


It was delicious in fact and I am so proud of his interest and his drive to change it and invent that I would like to share his recipe and process with you!

Broccoli Chicken Penne with Lemon Garlic Sauce

The Sauce (it’s a raw sauce. No cooking):

2 to 3 Tablespoons of garlic (yes, it was very garlic-y, but it was good!

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons of soy sauce

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Additionally you will need:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 16-oz. box of Penne

2 heads of broccoli

Salt and pepper

2 T. olive oil

Shredded Parmesan cheese

combine the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, soy sauce, salt and pepper in a blender. process mixture until smooth. Set aside

Dice up 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and 2 heads of broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Salt and pepper the chicken breast pieces well.

Set a pot of water to boil for the pasta. While the water is coming to a boil, saute the seasoned chicken breast in a preheated skillet with a couple tablespoons of olive oil in it. Saute over medium-high heat until slightly browned and cooked all the way through.

When the water comes to a boil, salt it and put in a 16-oz box of penne or pasta of your choice. Set a timer for 3-minutes LESS time than is needed to cook the pasta. When the timer goes off add in the broccoli and cook for 3 minutes longer.

Drain the pasta. Toss the chicken in with the pasta and broccoli. Pour the sauce over all and toss. Add a little shredded Parmesan cheese to the top and toss that in as well.

Serve in bowls with additional cheese for those who want it.

It was a delicious dish and The Boy is already thinking of ways to improve it. He thinks that marinating and grilling the chicken, then cutting it up, would add a delicious dimension! We shall see! He hopes you all enjoy!


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