Lemon Tomato Chicken Pasta

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Prep Time 30 MIN

Cook Time 0 MIN

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (540 mL) Aylmer® Accents® Original Petit Cut Tomatoes
  • 1 cup (250 mL Hunt's® Original Tomato Sauce
  • 8 ounces dry cavatappi or rotini pasta, uncooked (8 oz = 2-1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup soft cream cheese spread
  • 1 pkg (0.75 oz each) fresh basil, coarsely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon shredded lemon peel Cracked black pepper, optional

Lemon and fresh basil complement tomatoes in this chicken and pasta dish

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Meanwhile, reserving 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the jucies, drain the tomatoes. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and garlic; cook 4 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet; keep warm.
  2. Stir together undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce and lemon juice in same skillet; bring to a boil. Add cream cheese; stir until cream cheese is melted completely. Simmer 2 to 3 minutes to thicken slightly.
  3. Drain pasta. Add to sauce in skillet; stir to coat. Stir in chicken, basil and lemon peel. Sprinkle with pepper, if desired.

Chef's Tip:

Substitute 4 oz. cubed regular cream cheese for the soft cream cheese spread. Stir sauce with whisk to combine