This lemony chicken pasta is a creamy pasta meal without cream! Chicken, mushrooms, snow peas and spinach combine with spaghetti in a delicious lemon and hummus sauce.
Who would have guessed that hummus makes such a moreish creamy pasta sauce? The hummus blends in nicely and you can barely taste it in the finished dish.
I got the inspiration for this meal from a delicious no-guilt broccoli fettuccine alfredo recipe over at Half Baked Harvest. I was very doubtful it would work, but ended up being pleasantly surprised! Give it a try and see for yourself!
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A creamy pasta meal without any cream! The hummus blends in nicely and you can barely taste it in the finished dish. Give it a try and see for yourself!
PREPARE CHICKEN & MUSHROOMS
Dice chicken thighs and season with salt and pepper. Slice mushrooms and trim the ends off the snow peas.
Fill a medium-large saucepan two thirds full of water and bring to the boil. Add spaghetti and leave to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
COOK CHICKEN & MUSHROOMS
Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Cook chicken until browned all over and virtually cooked through. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, for a few minutes, until softened. Stir through the snow peas and spinach, until spinach has wilted.
PREPARE PASTA INGREDIENTS
Zest the lemon and squeeze out 1 1/2 tablespoons of juice. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and drain the rest. Return the pasta to the saucepan. Stir in the butter, hummus, 1/2 cup of the pasta water, lemon zest, lemon juice and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. Add extra pasta water, if required, to make a smooth, creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in chicken and mushroom mixture.
Serve pasta topped with cracked pepper and the remaining parmesan.
WINE MATCH: Go for a Chardonnay.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Use gluten-free spaghetti.
INGREDIENT SWAP: You can replace the snow peas with beans or broccoli. You could also use salmon instead of chicken (cook for less time), or make it as a vegetarian meal.
STORING AND REHEATING: Store individual portions in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave as required.