Lemon Cacio e Pepe with Blackened Chicken


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Lemon Cacio e Pepe with Blackened Chicken

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    Why do we love this recipe? Because it uses the Italian method for cacio e pepe (pasta with cheese and pepper) but also includes a piece of lemony blackened chicken to make it a full meal!

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 4
    1 (16-oz.) pkg. Gustare Vita spaghetti
    2 (6 to 8 oz.) Hy-Vee True boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise
    8 tbsp. Hy-Vee unsalted butter, divided
    2 tbsp. salt-free blackened seasoning
    1 tsp. kosher salt
    1 tsp. lemon zest, plus additional for garnish
    ½ c. Soirée grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish
    ½ c. Asiago cheese, freshly grated
    2 c. baby arugla

    Things To Grab

    • Large pot
    • Small microwave-safe bowl
    • Paper towels
    • Large nonstick skillet
    • Zester
    • 4 serving plates


    1. Add pasta to a large pot of boiling salted water; return to boil. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until al dente. Drain; reserve 1 cup pasta water.

    2. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Stir in blackened seasoning and salt. Coat chicken pieces with butter mixture.

    3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken 15 to 18 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees, turning halfway through. Transfer to a cutting board. Loosely cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Wipe skillet clean.

    4. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon lemon zest and juice and 2 teaspoons lemon-pepper. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Add reserved pasta water; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add pasta and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Remove from heat. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan and Asiago cheeses; toss to combine.

    5. Cut chicken pieces crosswise on an angle into 1/4-inch-thick slices; add chicken and arugula to pasta mixture. Toss to combine. Divide among four serving plates. Garnish with additional lemon zest, lemon-pepper seasoning, and grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

    Nutrition facts


    610 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 12g
    • Cholesterol: 85mg
    • Sodium: 1280mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 82g
    • Protein: 42g

    Daily Values

    Iron 10%
    Calcium 25%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 8%