I have this thing for food bowls: a little bit of starch with some protein, maybe some veggies thrown in for good measure. I love how the result is clean, simple and totally taste bud friendly. In the name of healthier eating, I’m also always looking for the best available ingredients. I’m excited to partner with Foster Farms today to pair their new line- Simply Raised (antibiotic free) fresh chicken- with a scoop of pasta, some creamy cheese and a whole lot of lemon.
Several months ago when I started at my “new job” (which is now just my “job” because 11 months isn’t new anymore), I was convinced that I was going to be that together person who has a really clean desk and brings lunch every day. I was so convinced about it that I wrote a reminder note on a bright yellow sticky note (“Lunch in the fridge!”) and placed it on my front door, where I remembered lunch once and then threw it away when we moved seven months later. I have no defense. (Also, my desk isn’t usually clean either.)
But I made a batch of this combo several days ago and I’ve remembered lunch every day this week, no sticky note required! The bowl manages to be ultra tangy thanks to the greek yogurt, goat cheese and lemon, while also very filling due to the pan roasted chicken. We had it for dinner right out of the pot on the first night and it reheated beautifully for lunch.
Let’s talk ingredients:
As I mentioned above, Foster Farms provided me with their new line of fresh chicken for this recipe. I love the brand in general- it’s the one I grew up watching my mom put in the grocery cart on our weekly shopping trip, so it’s totally familiar. They’ve been family-owned and operated since 1939, but this new line really has been created to appeal to all shoppers. The new Simply Raised option boasts no antibiotics administered EVER, 100% vegetarian feed and production with no added sodium. It’s even American Humane Certified and locally grown in CA, OR and WA! (Plus, it’s only $6.49 a pound- a total deal.) That’s my kind of chicken.
You can find the Simply Raised brand in major supermarkets now. Foster Farms Organic is in Costco and select supermarkets!
- 1 pack Foster Farms Simple Raised Thin-Sliced Breast Fillets
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 12 oz dried pasta
- one small onion, chopped
- one log of goat cheese (5 oz)
- 3/4 cup of full fat plain greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
- one clove of garlic, pressed
- garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 2 teaspoons chopped chives, if desired
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- While the pasta cooks, add two tablespoons of the olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add your chicken to the pan. Season the side facing up with garlic salt, pepper and the Italian seasoning. Cook the first side about 5 minutes until nicely browned, then turn the chicken over and cook the second side for about 4 minutes.
- In a large pot, brown the onion in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat (about five minutes). Add the pressed garlic, goat cheese, greek yogurt, lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt. Mix well until combined and heated through.
- Drain the pasta. Add the drained pasta to the sauce mixture and stir to coat.
- Add pasta to your bowl and top with the pan-roasted chicken, sliced into strips.
- You might like to reserve the pasta water in case the end result isn't saucy enough for you. Simply add the reserved water in tablespoonfuls until the result is the right consistency for you.
- Not a huge fan of goat cheese? Substitute cream cheese!
Isn’t the combo of lemon and chicken super satisfying? Something about how the moist chicken offsets the slight lemon pucker. Yum. Totally patting myself on the back for figuring out this lunch thing.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms®.
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