Penne With Chicken and Preserved Lemon

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This penne with chicken recipe will become your go-to dish on pasta night. Whole wheat pasta, broccoli rabe, and fresh lemon pump up the health factor.
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound uncooked whole-wheat penne
  • 1/2 pound broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sliced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 cups skinless, boneless, shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 preserved lemon, rinsed, pulp removed, and rind thinly sliced or 1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • Parmesan cheese (for shaving)

Preparation

1. Cook penne according to package directions. Add broccoli rabe to pasta during the last 2 minutes of cooking. When penne is al dente and broccoli rabe is tender but still bright green, drain, reserving 1/3 cup pasta water; set aside.

2. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, and cook 1 1/2–2 minutes or until fragrant but not browned. Add the chicken and reserved pasta water, and cook 1 minute or until heated through. Add preserved lemon rind (or lemon zest) and salt; remove from heat.

3. Toss chicken mixture with cooked pasta and broccoli rabe and grated fresh Parmesan; divide evenly among 4 bowls. Use a wide peeler to shave 12 (2-inch-long) strips of Parmesan. Place 3 shavings over each portion; serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories per serving: 424
  • Fat per serving: 12g
  • Saturated fat per serving: 3g
  • Monounsaturated fat per serving: 7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 2g
  • Protein per serving: 35g
  • Carbohydrate per serving: 47g
  • Fiber per serving: 5g
  • Cholesterol per serving: 65mg
  • Iron per serving: 3mg
  • Sodium per serving: 386mg
  • Calcium per serving: 141mg