Chicken with Spinach and Grapefruit over Angel Hair

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You know I am all about easy recipes, right? Dinners that come together quickly are an awesome bonus at my house and what I constantly strive to create.

Next time you’re at the grocery store, I want you to grab a bag of grapefruit and think outside the box. Let me show you how delicious and simple it is to incorporate this gorgeous fruit into your chicken and pasta dish.

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chicken with grapefruit and spinach over angel hair


  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced (I use the jarred stuff)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T butter
  • 1  1/2 c chicken broth
  • juice from 1 whole grapefruit, I used Sweet Scarletts (This post was sponsored by Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit.)
  • one grapefruit segmented, I used Sweet Scarletts
  •  1/2 c toasted walnut
  • 1 c fresh spinach, washed
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pk of angel hair pasta

In a large pan, I used my Dutch oven, add the olive oil to the pan. Place the chicken breasts on top of the oil.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Top evenly with the minced garlic.

Cook over medium heat, flipping after 5-7 minutes.

Cook on both sides until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.

Meanwhile, in another large pot, bring water to a boil for the angel hair pasta.

chicken and grapefruit recipes

Squeeze the juice from one Sweet Scarletts over the chicken.

Sweet Scarletts box
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fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

Add the chicken broth over the chicken and toss in 2 tablespoons of butter into the pot.

Continue to cook over medium to medium/high heat until the broth comes to a boil.

easy chicken and pasta dish

If your water is boiling for the pasta, add it to the water. Cook the pasta for 7 minutes, or until done all the way through.

While your pasta is boiling and your chicken is cooking, segment one Sweet Scarletts. Set this aside.

sweet scarlett grapefruit

Once the chicken broth comes to a boil, add the spinach and toasted walnuts to the Dutch oven.

Stir the chicken mixture well to combine the walnuts, spinach and chicken.

Turn the heat down to simmer.

spinach and roasted walnuts

Drain your pasta.

Add a helping (or two) of pasta to a bowl.

Top the pasta with chicken.

Ladle some sauce, nuts and spinach over the chicken and pasta.

Place a few Sweet Scarletts segments on top of the pasta.

Dinner is ready! Serve with bread and a salad if you wish.

grapefruit chicken pasta

You could even top with some shredded Parmesan cheese.

Don’t like walnuts?  That’s ok. Use pinenuts instead. Yum!

I bet you never thought to use grapefruit in pasta with chicken, did you? This is so amazing and tasty. A perfect light dinner for any weeknight!

Are your kids not a fan of grapefruit? They may be shocked how the segments are not as tart with the chicken and pasta and broth. You could always delete the segments on top of their pasta, but they will get the savory flavor of this fruit in the sauce.

This recipe was totally a winner!


  1. What a delicious salad!! I would have never thought of pairing grapefruit with spinach!! What a great combination!

  2. You are right, this recipe does look like a winner! I would love to taste it! 🙂 YUM!! Your pictures are beautiful and I love grapefruit!

  3. This looks divine! I would have never thought to pair the grapefruit with the chicken and pasta. But now you have me intrigued. Looks so darn yummy!

  4. I would never have thought to put grapefruit in with chicken and pasta but this sounds delicious. I’ll have to give it a try. I love pasta for this very reason! It is so versatile and you can add just about anything to it. I will definitely be getting some grapefruit tomorrow.

  5. This looks like a delicious flavor combination! I don’t think I’ve ever used grapefruit in a savory dish, but it reminds me of how much lemon is in chicken piccata. I love the color of the cut grapefruit, too.

  6. I have to admit that when I read the title, I thought this sounded super strange, but the photos look delicious and the recipe seems like something even I can do! This is on the list for a patio dinner later this month! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  7. I never think to cook with grapefruit, but I bet it compliments the chicken nicely. Thanks for sharing on the Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I hope you will join us again next week.

  8. This looks interesting. Thanks for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday. I’m curious, why does the letter “i” not show up in any of the comments?

  9. Yum! You have the best photos! I usually toss an orange in with my crock pot pork roast but never used a grapefruit! I’ll have to try this out. Thanks for stopping by the #HomeMattersParty

  10. It looks so fresh and clean – like a spa meal!! Thanks for bringing this by to Throwback Thursday! 🙂


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