Lemony Chicken Pasta with Garlic Roasted Artichokes

January 18, 2017
Lemony Chicken Pasta with Garlic Roasted Artichokes - Chunks of chicken with garlic roasted artichokes, over a hot bowl of lemony parmesan-specked pasta

Have you been listening to any good podcasts lately?

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“Have a good one Sweetie, and remember if you get bored on your drive, there's that really cool podcast I told you about”

A conversation I have with my husband at least once a week

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While my list of podcasts is forever changing, there are a few episodes over the past year that I've especially loved for one reason or another.  Those that I listen to again and again when I want to laugh out loud, learn something new, or share with a friend when they're feeling low.

Thought it might be fun to share a few of them today

Fresh Air Remembers Country Music Legend Merle Haggard – What a beautiful lesson in starting over and re-inventing yourself when you wake up and realize life isn't what you'd like

            “Well, I went back down on the yard and asked for the toughest job in the penitentiary, which was a textile mill, and went down and just started building my reputation, you know?  Just started running in reverse from what I’d been doing and started trying to build up a long line of good things to be proud of.  And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since”   ~ Merle Haggard

Chase Jarvis Interviews Kelly Starrett  – Such a great conversation about living our best lives.  Especially that health and fitness don't need to be so complicated

“Don’t be heroic.  Be consistent”  ~ Kelly Starrett  

(This interview is part of the Chase Jarvis 30 Days of Genius Series)

Lemony Chicken Pasta with Garlic Roasted Artichokes - Chunks of chicken with garlic roasted artichokes, over a hot bowl of lemony parmesan-specked pasta

Tim Ferriss Interviews Tony Robbins – Achievement vs. Fulfillment – It’s simply one of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard. The one I listen to over and over again and never get tired of

“We live in a world where most of us are looking for what’s wrong. What’s wrong is always available.  So it what’s right.  And if you don’t take control of your focus, everything in your life will disappear”     ~ Tony Robbins

Making Oprah – From WBEZ a really great 3-part series about what it took to make The Oprah Winfrey show, and why the size of the bow really matters(!)

Love and Radio's The Living Room – Diane’s new neighbors across the way never shut their curtains, and that was the beginning of an intimate, but very one-sided relationship

Surprisingly Awesome's Frequent Flyer Miles – The world in a cup of pudding, or rather, 12,000 cups of pudding

Z – September 2016

Terri Gross Interviews Carrie Fisher – Maybe it was her incredible wit, or stories of the Gary the dog who she loved so much (whose tongue always hangs out – just like Z), but I smiled all the way through.  Carrie Fisher, May the Force Be With You

On her favorite Comic-Con Princess Leia costume – “My favorite one to see is the metal bikini — on men! That is what's been happening a lot. A lot. And not thin men, by the way! So that makes me feel good about myself, kind of before-and-after thing — this is way after. Not only is Princess Leia fatter, but she's also a guy!” ~ Carrie Fisher

Tim Ferriss Interviews Susan Garrett – A master dog (and human) trainer.  She shares 2+ hours worth of tips(!)

“Dogs are here to teach us.  And if you don't open your eyes to that, you're going to miss life lessons”     ~ Susan Garrett

Are there any others you'd recommend?  I'd love to hear ..

Lemony Chicken Pasta with Garlic Roasted Artichokes - Chunks of chicken with garlic roasted artichokes, over a hot bowl of lemony parmesan-specked pasta

Whenever I'm out and about, I like to keep a list of cooking inspirations I see along the way.  Truth be told, it's more of a nest than a list, and there's a pocket in my bag dedicated to keeping it somewhat contained.

Unzip the pocket, and you'll find folded carry-out menus, notes scribbled on the backs of receipts, pages ripped from far-flung magazines – that sort of thing.  Every week or so I take out the pile and there it will sit, in the middle of our kitchen's island

At the top of the pile this week?  A note to self to make garlicky roasted artichokes and find a way to incorporate them into a quick and easy weeknight meal.

This fits the bill; it's healthy, colorful, and filled with bold flavors.  Made with staple ingredients that live in the pantry or the fridge until we need them on busy nights.  Roasted artichokes tossed in garlicky Panko bread crumbs, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, lemon, herbs, and warm parmesan-specked pasta.

Note about the artichokes:  The original called for frozen artichoke hearts, although I used canned and I'm certain fresh would be the best 



~ Adapted from Fine Cooking

Lemony Chicken Pasta with Garlic Roasted Artichokes


  • Garlicky Roasted Artichokes
  • 12 oz. frozen artichoke hearts, thawed, drained, and patted dry (or the equivalent canned or fresh)
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • fine grain sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste, depending on your tolerance for heat)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped fine
  • lemon wedges. for serving (optional)

  • Lemony Chicken Pasta
  • 12 oz. penne pasta (or any similar short pasta. Also, any gluten-free variety will work great and turn this into a gluten-free meal)
  • ¾ lb ground chicken
  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • garlicky roasted artichoke hearts
  • cup sun-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • cup coarsely chopped pitted Castelvetrano or Cerignola olives
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil + more for drizzling
  • ½ oz. Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated (about ¼ cup) + more for serving
  • lemon wedges, for serving (optional)


  • Garlicky Roasted Artichokes
  • Pre-heat the oven and heat to 425°F.
  • On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the artichokes with 2 Tbsp oil and a pinch of sea salt, spread in a single layer, and roast until they're golden brown on the bottom (~ 20 minutes)
  • Flip and roast until golden brown in places (~ 5-7 minutes)
  • In a small to a medium-sized skillet over medium-low heat, heat a Tbsp of oil
  • Add the garlic and stir with a wooden spoon until fragrant (~ 30 seconds)
  • Add the bread crumbs, a small pinch of sea salt and stir until the oil is absorbed and the bread crumbs are golden brown (~ 2 to 3 minutes)
  • In a large bowl, toss the artichokes with the garlicky bread crumbs, red pepper flakes (if using), and remaining 1 Tbsp oil.
  • Serve with a dusting of parsley and optional lemon wedges on the side

  • Lemony Chicken Pasta
  • Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente
  • Meanwhile, in a medium-size skillet, brown the ground chicken until cooked through
  • In a large bowl, add the artichokes, tomatoes, olives, oil, parsley, lemon juice, lemon zest, browned chicken, pasta and parmesan.
  • Toss until well combined.
  • Serve drizzled with a bit more oil, topped with additional shaved cheese, and lemon wedges, if you'd like
Serves: 6
Nutrition + Show
Calories 430
Total Fat 14.1g
Saturated Fat 3.4g
Carbohydrates 56.1g
Fiber 8.3g
Sugars 4.2g
Protein 23.6g
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  • Reply Sarah Althouse January 18, 2017 at 10:04 am

    OH boy – I love ANY food that is lemon-flavored. This looks so good! Come make it for me please? 🙂

  • Reply Brittany Wise January 18, 2017 at 10:06 am

    This looks so good and an easy way to introduce artichokes into our meals. I love artichokes, my toddlers are a bit more hesitant 🙂

  • Reply Allison January 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Gorgeous photos. What a delicious meal, this is my kind of food!

  • Reply Anne January 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    this looks so amazing!!! I can’t wait to try it.

  • Reply Jules January 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    5 stars
    Saving this recipe, it looks so good!

  • Reply Cori January 18, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, this sounds like a delicious meal! I don’t think I have ever cooked with artichokes but I am willing to give it a go.

  • Reply Kimberly January 18, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Lemon-flavored pastas are some of my favorites. This is a beautiful dish. Wish a had a plate of it right now.

  • Reply Leah January 18, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    That looks amazing! I love artichokes in anything, and this just sounds like a delightful meal!

  • Reply Alexandra January 19, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Looks super yummy. Will defiantly be giving this a try

  • Reply Quinn January 19, 2017 at 6:08 am

    I love light pasta and the garlic roasted artichokes sound wonderful!

  • Reply Rachel January 19, 2017 at 10:29 am

    This looks and sounds so good! I think I need to make this for lunch today! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply Bobbi January 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

    5 stars
    OhhEmmGeeee I love your pup. That face!! And this pasta? YUM!!!

  • Reply Ruthie Ridley January 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Pasta is my favorite!! This looks beyond amazing!!

  • Reply Nina January 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Podcasts are great. I have a few I listen to keep practicing my Spanish. There seems to be something out there for everyone.

  • Reply Chelsea January 19, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    5 stars
    I’m all over anything with artichokes! This looks like something I almost always have all the ingredients for.


  • Reply Liz January 20, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Chicken is my go-to dinner option so it’s always great finding new recipes to try. The pics are fantastic, too!

  • Reply Fatima January 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Wow! This pasta looks so good! I will make it tomorrow now. Thanks for the idea.

  • Reply Ana January 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    5 stars
    This Chicken Pasta looks incredibly delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Can’t wait to try!

  • Reply Anna R Palmer February 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

    I am going to try it without the pasta. Sadly I am low carb. Everything else looks incredible. I mean…the pasta looks incredible too.

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