Apr 10, 2010

Light and Healthy Spaghetti Recipe..with Oven Baked Chicken

Pimples pimples please go away!
Something must be wrong with me, these little tiny annoying zits just can't stop popping out on my forehead..

Lack of sleep? Possibly...I've been sleeping around 2 a.m. lately...too much blogging...
Or maybe it's the food I ate?
Recalling that flaming, fiery spicy hot pot and fried mayonnaise shrimps...
Fine!!! (with a slap on my head)!
Something needs to be done here,
First, I'll start going to bed no later than 1 a.m. (come on...one little step at a time yep?)
Second, I shall eat lighter and healthier food for the next few days!

As a remedy, I came up with this recipe-

*I can't figure out a name yet, let's just call it light and healthy spaghetti for now,
These little dots on my forehead seems to block my ability of creative thinking too..arghHH... 

Ingredients (3 to 4 portions)?

For chicken:
4 thin slices of chicken
1 egg
2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
1 small pinch of salt
Some flour
Some panko (or breadcrumbs)
Some olive oil

For sauce:
1 cup of chicken stock
1/2 cup of dry white wine
3 garlic cloves (peeled, finely chopped)
Some salt
Some black pepper

For spaghetti:
1 package/12 oz of whole wheat pasta
1 package/5 oz of arugula (can be substituted by fresh spinach)
1/3 onion (finely chopped)
1 lemon (we're going to use both the lemon zest and its juice)
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
Some olive oil
Some salt
Some pepper
Some fresh flat leaf parsley (chopped)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit,
Meanwhile, have a big pot of water ready, bring to a boil,
Sprinkle some salt and start cooking the spaghetti according to package instruction,
Once it's done (preferably al dente), drain it and set aside.

Now prepare three plates,
One with some flour, one with some panko, and one with egg wash,
For the egg wash, add 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning with a tiny pinch of salt, mix well.
Take out the chicken slices,
First coat all sides with flour, give it a tap to shake off excess flour,
Dip into the egg wash mixture, and then coat with panko,
It should look like this-

Now drizzle some olive oil in the pan, turn to high heat,
Sear the chicken for about 1 to 2 minutes each side depending on the thickness of the meat,
Or if the coating turns slightly brown color then it's ready to flip to the other side.
Transfer the seared chicken slices into the oven for about 15 to 18 minutes,
When the chicken is done, set aside and let it rest for at least 5 minutes,
It helps keeping the meat moist and tender.

In the same pan, add all the ingredients for the sauce and bring to a simmer,
Cook till the sauce is reduced by half then it's ready.

Time for the spaghetti,
Have another big pan ready, drizzle some olive oil,
Toss in finely chopped onion and sprinkle some salt, black pepper, and red pepper,
Cook till the onion turned translucent, toss in the arugula.

Zest one large yellow lemon and squeeze the juice of it into the pan,
Give it a quick stir, taste it and see if more salts are needed.
Transfer the drained spaghetti into the mixture, mix well.

To assemble,
Have some finished spaghetti in a bowl,
Chop the chicken into strips and drizzle some sauce over the meat,
Garnish with some  fresh parsley.

Now I hope by eating this for my next three meals...
At least...at least some pimples will go away...
Keeping my fingers crossed here.

Cindy's Rating: 7 (Light and healthy)


  1. :) i find you adorable.
    ... (had to write that, couldn't help it, i mean at all!)

  2. To A Funky Place~
    Haha really?! I'm flattered!

  3. you're torturing me... i have to stop reading ur blogs... craving for so many food right now!!! all i can get is pizza and pasta...

  4. you're welcome!
    i'll go to get embarrassed about myself now...

  5. To Ingrid~
    Haha you're in Milan, no complaints!! I'm stuck in OC!

  6. The oven baked chicken looks perfectly done! Healthy spag it is...

  7. To Tigerfish~
    Thank you so much,
    I always feel like the oven baked ones are way more healthier than fried chicken, but it won't get that oily yummy goodness though!