A Podcast That Listens, Hears and Offers Wisdom & Hope From Caregivers Who Have Lived The Experience.
listen on apple podcastslisten on spofity
August 24, 2022
Lemon Herb Chicken Pasta with Green Peas, Snap Peas and Spinach
Lemon Herb Chicken Pasta with Green Peas, Snap Peas, and Spinach

I'm not a huge fan of most veggies, although my taste buds have matured as I've aged. I love snap peas, which is part of why I love this dish (from Food Network). Adding regular peas (good fiber) and spinach round this off as an excellent meal with the nutrients I need. I'm sure there are items you could add to the pasta to make this vegan. Nuts and mushrooms would add some needed protein.


Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound vegetable penne pasta 

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 

5 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 

1 large shallot, finely chopped 

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 

1 1/2 cups trimmed and sliced sugar snap peas 

One 10-ounce bag of frozen peas 

3 cups baby spinach 

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 

3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus additional leaves for serving 


Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it generously. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Drain the pasta and set it aside.

Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and slice it into strips.

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add the garlic and shallot and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and sugar snap peas and cook, 2 minutes. Add the reserved pasta water and the frozen peas. Cook until the peas are just cooked through, 2 minutes more.

Add the cooked pasta, spinach, sliced chicken, chopped basil, chopped parsley, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss all the ingredients together to coat, season with additional salt and pepper, and garnish with parsley leaves. Serve immediately.

Fading Memories was created to support family caregivers in a simple, on-demand form. When I was looking for advice on caring for my Mom, I needed this podcast. Since it didn’t exist, I created what I needed!
Jen – pod host

Our weekly email gives your more insights & info!

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram