Tuscan chicken pasta

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INGREDIENTS

1 pound spaghetti or linguini

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

4 slices bacon

8 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1 15-ounce can canned diced tomatoes

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, roughly chopped

1 handful baby spinach

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 – 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 lemon, zested and juiced

basil to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

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Cook the pasta until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water once cooked, drain and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the olive oil. Liberally season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook until golden on the outside and no longer pink inside, about 7-8 minutes per side. Remove from the pan, let rest for 10 minutes before thinly slicing.

In the same skillet, add the bacon and cook until crispy. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and then tear into bite sized pieces.

If there is a lot of bacon fat leftover, drain most of it off. Add the garlic, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and spinach to the skillet and cook over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then add heavy cream, Parmesan, and a few tablespoons of reserved pasta water. Simmer for 5 minutes until saucy and combined.

Add the reserved pasta, chicken, bacon, lemon juice and lemon zest and toss until combined. If it’s too thick, add a few more tablespoons of the reserved pasta water. Garnish with basil and serve.

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