Avocado Cream Pasta with Chicken and Bacon

This dish is one of my favorite quick meals to put together any day of the week. The sauce itself is a no-cook avocado cream that’s smooth, creamy, and with a wonderful lemon zest. On it’s own, it’s delicious, vegan, and is finished in five minutes (two minutes, if you blend it in a food processor instead of mashing it by hand!).

Mise en Place for Avocado Cream Sauce

For my favorite variation, I like to add a bit of smoked bacon and simply seasoned, juicy chicken breasts over the top. The saltiness and texture of the bacon, and the spiced chicken (with the pan juices of course!) make it an awesomely flavorful dish.

It’s zesty, fresh, salty, and incredibly easy to make.

Avocado Pasta with Bacon and Chicken Deconstructed

Top the dish with a bit of lemon zest, fresh parsley, and you’ve got a great meal that’s totally put together in under half an hour! If you don’t finish it in the first day (which is unlikely, but still!), you should pop it in the fridge and just enjoy it chilled from then on. It doesn’t reheat well, because of the avocado, but it tastes excellent cold!

Chicken and Bacon Avocado Cream Pasta from Yummly

Avocado Cream Pasta with Chicken and Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1/2 box whole wheat pasta
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 avocado, halved and pitted
  • juice of 1/2 lemon, or more to taste
  • olive oil, to taste (I used 2-3 tablespoons)
  • garlic, minced, to taste (I used three cloves)
  • fresh parsley, to taste
  • For the chicken:
  • 6 slices of bacon, or more
  • 3-4 chicken breast tenders
  • paprika to taste
  • cayenne to taste
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Bring salted water to a boil to cook your pasta. Once the water is bubbling, toss in your pasta and let it cook to your desired tenderness.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, combine lemon juice, minced garlic, and olive oil in a bowl or food processor and mix well. Toss in slices of avocado, fresh chopped parsley, and a bit of salt and mix until smooth and creamy.
  3. Rinse and drain your pasta and set it aside.
  4. Put a pan over the stove and let the pan heat up to cook your bacon. (You can add a touch of salt to the pan to keep the bacon grease from splattering). Cook your bacon to the desired crispness and set aside on a paper towel. Chop up the bacon into pieces, and reserve a bit of the bacon drippings in the pan for your chicken.
  5. Season your chicken with paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cook your chicken tenders in the pan over medium heat, both sides, for about 2-3 minutes (or more if necessary) on each side. Remove them from the heat and let them cool on a cutting board for a few minutes.
  6. Combine your pasta and avocado sauce, mixing well. Top with bacon and slices of chicken.
  7. Garnish with a bit of lemon zest and fresh parsley, if desired.

Chicken and Bacon Avocado Cream Pasta via Yummly

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