Creamy Honey Lemon Chicken
Updated: Feb 2
*This Recipe is Dairy Free*
Prep Time:5-10 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes
Creamy. Honey. Lemon. Chicken. Like everything I love wrapped up in one pasta dish. I love a creamy pastas, but being lactose intolerant...you get the picture. To get this level of creaminess, we're going to use coconut milk; you get that creaminess, but not an overpowering taste of coconut.
What really adds to this recipe is the fresh basil. It truly brings freshness and balance of the whole dish, along with a bunch of spinach, and a hint of lemon zest.
Also, you can save your leftover lemon and basil for a refreshing beverage like Lemon Basil Green Tea.
3-4 Chicken Thighs
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 yellow onion finely diced
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or white)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 pound cooked angel hair pasta
1 cup spinach
1 bunch of basil thinly sliced (chiffonade)
Garnish: lemon zest
Step 1: Prep the Chicken
Take you chicken and season both sides of each thigh with the paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Then heat a skillet on medium-low heat and drizzle the pan with olive oil.
Step 2: Fire it up!
When the oil has heated up, add the chicken to the pan searing both sides. After both sides are golden brown, turn the heat down to low, (2-3) cover the skillet with a lid, and cook for about 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F. When the chicken is done cooking, remove the thighs from the pan onto a plate.
Step 3: Cook the onions
After removing the chicken, toss the diced onion straight into the skillet, and turn the heat up to medium low. Then, sprinkle the vinegar into the pan (this will release the fond). Give the onions a good stir and add the minced garlic. Cook for a minute and then incorporate the honey and lemon juice into the pan- the mixture should bubble a little.
Step 4: Make that sauce
When the onions have softened, add the coconut milk to the pan and stir. Let the sauce thicken for about 1 minute and toss in cooked noodles and spinach. Then, top the pasta with the chicken, sliced basil, and hit it with that lemon zest!
Step 5: Enjoy with a loved one...or keep it all for yourself ;)
Keep it Simple!
As you'll find in many of my recipes, I like to keep it simple. This dish is so easy to make, delicious, and easy on the tummy. Right now my husband and I are trying to clean up our diets and get back into the gym to recover from the last year (we got married in August and then the holidays happened lol). With that being said, I would be eating this dish regardless:).