Zesty Chicken with Ricotta & Zucchini Penne

Thank you to reader Tara for sharing her Zesty Chicken with Ricotta & Zucchini Penne recipe.  She shared her families weekly meal plan with me a few weeks ago and the Zesty Chicken with Ricotta & Zucchini Penne really caught my eye, it sounds delicious!

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Tara’s weekly meal plan

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan & meal planning printables.

MONDAY

zesty chicken with ricotta and zuchinni penne (see recipe below)

Zesty chicken with ricotta and zuchinni penne - Weekly meal plan plus family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner.

image credit: hello fresh

TUESDAY

beef massaman curry on rice

Massaman Beef Curry Recipe - Weekly meal plan plus family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner.WEDNESDAY

vra-na-meer-hoender (south african dish which is basically chicken in chutney with mayonnaise) on mash with greens

Weekly meal plan plus family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner.

THURSDAY

beef and eggplant bolognese pasta bake with salad

the pasta bake took 2 1/2 hours to cook so lucky I checked the night before and prepped it

Beef and eggplant bolognaise pasta bake - Weekly meal plan plus family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner.

FRIDAY

fajitas cooked at the beach

THE WEEKEND

I cook 5 nights a week and we have left overs on the other two nights (or occasionally go out for dinner)

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Zesty Chicken with Ricotta & Zucchini Penne

  • Author: Reader Tara
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 400 g penne pasta
  • 4 chicken breasts (diced)
  • 2 lemon, zested & juiced
  • 6 tbs olive oil
  • 4 zucchini, quartered longways and sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tub light ricotta
  • 2 small handfuls mint, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to packet, when draining reserve some of the cooking water.
  2. While pasta is cooking toss the chicken in the lemon zest and olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and cook chicken for 2-3 minutes until browned.
  4. Add the zucchini and garlic to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until warmed through but still crunchy.
  5. Stir through the ricotta, mint, and lemon juice.
  6. Add the drained pasta to the cooking pot and stir through lemon juice.
  7. Loosen with a little of the pasta cooking water if required.
  8. Serve.10

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2 comments

Kate March 29, 2016 - 12:48 PM

This looks delicious and something we will be having tonight. Love those recipes where you already have everything you need in the fridge or pantry.

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Harshit August 2, 2016 - 6:50 PM

Eggplant in a bolognese sauce is interesting. I’m a huge fan of pasta bakes. One bake off lasts a good 3 – 4 meals. I’m also going to try your ricotta in pasta, recipe. Mmm the creamy texture without oodles of cream. Thanks for sharing Kat! 🙂

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