Let me start by saying this is not your average scampi pasta dish. First off, we have parmesan crusted chicken as the main star. Second, there are roasted brussels sprouts in the mix. And third, hello caramelized lemons! I’ll admit this parmesan crusted chicken scampi pasta is a little more spring weather appropriate but who says we can’t have pasta year-round? Lemony, bright, and oh so satisfying, this pasta will make you think that spring is just around the corner.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Why make plain boring chicken when you can make parmesan crusted chicken? To make the parmesan crusted chicken, all you need are eggs, flour, panko, and parmesan. If you have fresh breadcrumbs on hand, I highly encourage you to use them. Combine the panko with parmesan and set up your breading station. Coat the chicken in the flour, dip it in the eggs, and finish in the parmesan panko mix.
Cook the chicken in a saute pan over medium heat; if the heat is too high, the chicken will burn before the inside is cooked, too low and the outside coating will get soggy.In the same pan, cook the brussels sprouts. Asparagus, lemon, and pasta are three ingredients that go hand in hand, but what about brussels sprouts? Slightly charred brussels sprouts are equally delicious with pasta especially in this parmesan crusted chicken scampi pasta. To prepare the vegetables, simply heat oil in a saute pan and cook the halved sprouts until browned. Season the sprouts with salt, pepper, red chili flakes and set aside.While the spaghetti is cooking, make the delicious lemon butter sauce. There is white wine in the sauce but if you’re not a fan, substitute it with more chicken stock. Simmer the stock, lemon juice, white wine, and garlic for 5 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
Throw the cooked pasta into the sauce and toss it together with parmesan, reserved pasta water, the brussels sprouts, and more butter. Top with the parmesan crusted chicken and more parmesan and there you have it.Everything about this parmesan crusted chicken scampi pasta is just right. From the charred brussels sprouts to the lemony pasta to the savory chicken, everything just works together. Delicious? I think so.
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