Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta
4 whole grilled chicken breasts, sliced (I only used 3 which was plenty)- Great marinated in mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon, honey, & salt for 6-24 hrs.
1 lb. Penne pasta cooked until al dente
4 Tbsp. butter
3 whole lemons, juiced
3/4 c. heavy cream
1/4 c. half and half
1 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
20 whole basil leaves, chopped
Cook pasta, reserving 1 c. of hot pasta water when you drain. Set pasta aside in a colander.
In the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Squeeze in the juice of 3-4 lemons. Whisk together. Pour in cream and half and half. Whisk until hot. Pour in cheese and whisk until melted. Add salt and pepper. Check consistency, adding some of the hot pasta water to loosen the sauce if needed. Add about 1/2 of the basil and mix in.
Pour pasta and sauce into a large serving bowl. Sprinkle remaining basil all over top, the add the sliced chicken breasts. Serve immediately!