Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

20 Min EASY Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta! Swap the shrimp for chicken in this classic recipe. All you need is chicken, angel hair pasta, butter, olive oil, garlic, white wine, lemon, and parsley. Perfect midweek dinner!

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Photography Credit: Aaron Hutcherson

Most people associate scampi with shrimp and other shellfish, but guess what? This classic pasta dish works just as well with chicken.

The richness from the butter and olive oil are balanced by the acidity of the lemon juice and white wine. You also get a punch of garlic, a hint of heat from the red pepper flakes, and some freshness from the parsley.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

The most important thing to remember with this recipe is to reserve some of the pasta cooking water. It helps to make a luscious sauce that brings all of the ingredients together.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

This recipe is all about the sauce and the pasta. If you’d like more protein or fresh vegetables in your meal, feel free to increase the amount of chicken or throw in whatever veggies you have in the fridge.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta Recipe

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound angel hair pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken cutlets
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus more lemon wedges for serving (about 1 tablespoon of zest and 3 tablespoons of juice)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Method

1 Make the pasta: Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water, according to package instructions or until al dente. Scoop out about a cup of the pasta cooking water and set it aside. Drain the pasta.

2 Cook the chicken:  Meanwhile, melt the butter with the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pat the chicken dry and season both sides with the salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook about 2 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through.

Transfer the chicken to a cutting board to rest, leaving the fat in the pan.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

3 Make the sauce: Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and lemon juice, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, and simmer until reduced by about half, 3 to 5 minutes.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

4 Finish the pasta: Add the cooked pasta, lemon zest, parsley, and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water to the skillet and toss to combine. If it seems too dry or like the sauce isn't coating the pasta, stir in some more of the reserved pasta cooking water.

Cut the chicken into slices and toss with the pasta. Serve with extra lemon wedges for squeezing over the scampi.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

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Aaron Hutcherson

Aaron or “Hutch” is the blogger behind The Hungry Hutch, which features a delicious variety of savory and sweet recipes. He grew up in the Midwest, but has called New York City home for nearly a decade.

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  • Tina Pollock

    Question I am not a big lemon fan does this have a very lemon taste ?would there be anything else to use instead of lemon?

  • Keith Fleeman

    Looks like a nice recipie. How would you make it without alcohol?
    Thanks!!

  • Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    Pasta and more pasta! I love angels hair. My mum used to make this when I was little, usually with broth. Very nice recipe.

  • Kay Schroeder

    I tossed in some fresh spinach and omitted the pepper flakes. It was a hit.

  • Amy Best

    I’m excited to try this recipe! I have a question- since we have to eat gluten free I will likely use white rice noodles instead. Will the cooking water from boiling the pasta still have the same effect on the sauce as the water from wheat noodles?

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