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.
- 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.
Squeeze the juice from one Sweet Scarletts over the chicken.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!