Recently, I have had a large number of hits on my blog from people who have found my little slice of the web by Googling things such as “Losing the Baby Fat”. Next to my Monkey Bread post from long ago, the two posts I made about attempting to lose the baby weight have brought the largest number of Google hits to my site. I hate to break the news to those of you looking for advice on weight loss, but Dine and Dish is probably not the place you want to turn to for weight loss guidance. With posts about a delicious chocolate cake roll filled with a marvelous heavy whipping cream concoction, cakes with a richness only gained by using 5 sticks of butter, and scrumptious dishes such as this one…laced with heavy cream, my blog is the type that will make you gain weight just by reading it.
Chicken in Lemon Cream with Penne from Everyday Pasta (Giada de Laurentis)
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves diced in to 1-inch cubes
- 1 teaspoon herbes du Provence
- 1 pinch of salt plus 1/2 teaspoon
- 1 pinch of freshly ground black pepper plus 1/4 teaspoon
- 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups heavy cream
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Season the cubed chicken breast with the herbs de Provence and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the chicken until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken and set aside. Pour off any excess oil from the pan. Add the chicken broth to the pan and cook over medium-high heat, using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the cream, lemon zest, and cayenne. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Add the pasta, chicken, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, chopped parsley, and lemon juice. Toss to coat the pasta and chicken with the sauce and serve.
Ha, ha. Send them my way, you know how healthy and weight loss minded my blog is 🙂 LOL
your blog always contains delicious food and recipes. this is no exception. The pasta makes my mouth water! 🙂
You are wild! I love your blog – we can all be healthy most of the times but having a sin or two or three is just fine!
Makes me wonder why I’ve been getting so many hits on a post titled "Old Men (Verdun) and Me"…. hmmmmm
Great pasta dish!
LOL! That’s true! With all the delicious cakes and stuff you bake,who cares about few pounds!!;D
I’m giggling! Anyway, what could be bad about a few cups of heavy cream here and there???
CountryGirl CityLife says
hahhaah, you probably are making a lot of people’s weight problems worse once they click on over and are confronted with cakes! Just remember to tell everyone to share with the neighbors.
Yummmm…I made something like this recently with lemon juice and white wine. When you take off the chicken and pour off the oil, add in about a half cup of white wine and use that to de-glaze the pan, then add the broth.
What?? I’ve been mislead…I’ve been making your recipes to lose weight, and now you tell me it’s not going to work??
Ok, ok, I thought I could use that as an excuse, but I guess that’s not gonna fly…but Giada is thin! What I wouldn’t do for a great metabolism….
My Kitchen in Half Cups says
It is a very well known fact that I am easily mislead and a rotton metabolism.
I am often mislead and on the path to ruin by beautiful photos and tempting recipes like this one!!!
Patricia Scarpin says
Kristen, what a wonderful post – I drool over your photos every time I come here and I have to say it makes dieting even harder! 🙂
Kristen, I say "bring it on!" 🙂
Rats, I think I gained a pound just by reading this recipe, but it looks totally worth it!
hahaha, now I know the culprit of my sudden weight gain! ;p
The pasta looks gorgeous, and I can’t resist anything with lemon in it.
Hey, I thoroughly enjoy coming here and drooling over the sumptious (is that the way you spell it?) dishes you create. What I’m lacking in the real world I can definitely drool over in the meanwhile! *Drool*
Well I got a hit for neighbors stealing tomatoes, so it is all weird in this internet world!
Oh well , maybe those googlers will change their minds about losing the baby fat and just embrace the joys of eating. 🙂
It always amazes me how people get to my blog. Recently I noticed I got some hits from the wording "smell of rubber" after I posted a Works for Me Wednesday post about using baby powder in rubber gloves to make them easier to remove and also keep your hands from smelling. Who would be looking up "smell of rubber"? Unbelievable.
Okay, on to other things…this recipe looks wonderful…gotta try it. Thanks.
Great pasta dish!
Your blog is much more fun that anything to do with weight loss! This pasta looks delicious.
sandi @ the whistlestop cafe says
I know what you mean… someone was looking for ‘thongs on the beach’. They were disappointed to see me in flip-flops!
Ari (Baking and Books) says
I’m always amused by the sorts of search strings that bring people to my blog too! I imagine there are a lot of disappointed folks.
Too funny!! I love seeing what people google to find my blog, it’s wild. 🙂
This looks delicious – I am so glad I bought my Giada pasta book, every recipe so far has been great!
Lol, that’s great! Another lovely recipe too 🙂
Mike Tosatto says
It’s hard to write a cooking blog and not gain weight. It’s something I struggle with daily. Your blog is great by the way and your pics are really good.