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Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

Whip up this 20 minute EASY chicken scampi with angel hair pasta for dinner. This recipe uses simple ingredients you’re likely to have on hand, perfect for a midweek meal.

Most people associate scampi with shrimp and other shellfish, but guess what? This classic pasta dish works just as well with chicken.

The richness from the butter and olive oil is balanced by the acidity of the lemon juice and white wine. You also get a punch of garlic, a hint of heat from the red pepper flakes, and some freshness from the parsley.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta
Aaron Hutcherson

How To Make a Creamy Chicken Scampi Sauce

The most important thing to remember with this recipe is to reserve some of the pasta cooking water. It helps to make a luscious sauce that brings all of the ingredients together.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta in a skillet
Aaron Hutcherson

This recipe is all about the sauce and the pasta. If you’d like more protein or fresh vegetables in your meal, feel free to increase the amount of chicken or throw in whatever veggies you have in the fridge.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

PREP TIME10 mins

COOK TIME15 mins

TOTAL TIME25 mins

SERVINGS2 to 4 servings

To make without wine, substitute chicken broth plus an optional tablespoon of white or cider vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound angel hair pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken cutlets
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon (a big pinch) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, or Pinot Grigio
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice (about 1 tablespoon of zest and 3 tablespoons of juice)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Method

  1. Make the pasta:Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water, according to package instructions or until al dente. Scoop out about a cup of the pasta cooking water and set it aside. Drain the pasta.
  2. Cook the chicken:Meanwhile, melt the butter with the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pat the chicken dry and season both sides with the salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook about 2 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through.Transfer the chicken to a cutting board to rest, leaving the fat in the pan.Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta
  3. Make the sauce:Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and lemon juice, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, and simmer until reduced by about half, 3 to 5 minutes.Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair PastaChicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta
  4. Finish the pasta and serve:Add the cooked pasta, lemon zest, parsley, and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water to the skillet and toss to combine. If it seems too dry or like the sauce isn’t coating the pasta, stir in some more of the reserved pasta cooking water.Cut the chicken into slices and toss with the pasta. Serve with extra lemon wedges for squeezing over the scampi.Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta
NUTRITION FACTS(PER SERVING)
425CALORIES
17gFAT
50gCARBS
19gPROTEIN

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Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.

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