Father's Day and Grilled Garlic Lemon Pepper Chicken over Linguine

Monday, March 22, 2010
Dad was taken too soon, for me he never got old. Yep, I was Daddy's little girl and he was my best friend.

Really, no matter how old your dad gets, its still too soon when they pass away, there is never a time in your life your ever ready for this.

Dad passed at 82. He was still lifting weights at that age, playing golf, stayed in great shape and had no known illnesses. Fathers Day weekend back in 1995, I went to mom and dads house with my two small boys to take them to my brothers around 2 hours away. We had big plans for him, we were going to stay for the whole weekend. Dad and my brothers were going to play golf and spend time with the boys on Saturday. Mom, I and the boys, were going to going shopping at the nearest malls around there. Sunday we would have made him one of his favorite meals and all been together. Well that never happened. Mom and Dad weren't there waiting for me to pick him up. There was a note on the door. They had taken him by ambulance to the nearest hospital, he had a stroke. He never recovered.

Here is the dinner I still make every year in his memory, now for his two grown grandsons. We miss him everyday even though its been many years now. The tradition lives on in his memory. Father's Day is every day in my hearts, in my mind, my best friend will be missed forever.

I like more fresh lemon on my chicken after its grilled....

Use a good brand olive oil for taste and fresh garlic for the sauce over the pasta.

Boil till Al dente or your preferred likeness.

4 boneless chicken breast cut in half lengthwise to make eight pieces
1 lb linguine boiled in salt water
estra fresh lemon wedges

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 olive oil
1/2 teaspoons each oregano, parsley, garlic powder, pepper, salt optional cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
(Marinade Chicken for at least one hour or overnight is best!)

Pasta Sauce
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
dash salt
1 tablespoon parsley
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 pasta water
Grating cheese
Saute the garlic in the olive oil till brown, turn off heat. Add the rest the ingredients. Pour over cooked pasta.

Grill chicken breast on high heat to sear and seal in the juices, then on turn down to low till done. Meanwhile boil pasta. Pour pasta lemon sauce over pasta, place chicken on top and serve with grating cheese.


Federica said...

I like this recipe: first and second course all in one! Very appetizing

Tania said...

A fresh and rich dish!

My Little Space said...

Emmm..mm.. the chicken looks so yummilicious! If I take the chicken I don't think I have any more space for those linguine. mmm...

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

The chicken is perfectly grilled!

Drick said...

beautiful grilled chicken and the sauce is fabulous - seems like a perfect match for the chicken

RV said...

Lovely palette and it looks very delicious

Danielle said...

Looks like you just came up with my dinner for tonight. I get to eat pasta when Manly is away on business because it's not his favorite thing but it is mine. Nice and flavorful. Good comfort food.

Valerie said...

Pasta, garlic, and chicken...I can't think of a better combination. This sounds amazing!

Laura said...

Hi there!

This looks so delicious.. I'm happy I have all the fixins' in my fridge and pantry to test this one out!

I've nominated you for an award on my blog. I hope you will swing on by SoCal and check it out!

Wishes for a lovely day to you,
-Laura :)

5 Star Foodie said...

I love those gorgeous grill marks on this delicious chicken! Yum!

redkathy said...

Chicken and pasta, the perfect pair. add some citrus and grill it too, over the top delish Claudia!

alison said...

wow,how looks that chicken!and entire dish make me drolling!

Ruth said...

such nice gorgeous fresh flavours! The chicken looks perfect!! Hope you feel better soon too xxx

Claudia said...

I love this dish and it has been a favorite of my kids their entire life. Gee, I always thought I made it up.... delicious as always.

Grumpy & HoneyB said...

This looks so good! I have become such a pasta fan over the last few years....something I never was before. Every pasta dish of yours I want to make!

Bianca @southbay rants n raves said...

Doesn't get any better than this!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

This looks so light and delicious! The plump, grilled chicken has my mouth watering!

Greg said...

The chicken looks marvelous. I was thinking about what meal I would associate with my dad and I would have to go with Chicken Marsala. Which is odd because it is probably the only Italian thing he made.

Parsley Sage said...

I'm sure your dad gets a big whiff of that glorious chicken up there every year you make it for him :) Great post, Claudia :)

Peggy said...

Thank you for sharing your father's memory with us! This chicken sounds like a wonderful meal =)

Erin said...

This pasta looks amazing! I love lemon pepper, and garlic. Sounds like a great combination! Great post about your Dad!

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