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Lemon and thyme chicken with spaghetti recipe

Lemon and thyme chicken with spaghetti recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 37 mins to cook
  • 550 calories / serving


  • 100g (3½oz) full-fat soft cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • juice and zest of an unwaxed lemon
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves pulled
  • 275g (9oz) spaghetti
  • 1 medium head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 25g (1oz) finely grated parmesan
  • ¼ - ½ tsp crushed chillies
If you haven't got spaghetti, try using linguine instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    23g 33%
  • Saturates

    10g 50%
  • Sugars

    2g 2%
  • Salt

    0.6g 10%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 39.5g Protein 49.2g Fibre 1.9g


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Mix the soft cheese with the garlic, parsley and lemon zest. Season with pepper.
  2. Cut a pocket into the chicken breasts and put a spoonful of the cheese filling into each. Place on a lightly oiled baking tray. Drizzle all the chicken with 1 tbsp olive oil, scatter over the thyme leaves and season. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cooked through.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, half fill a large saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add the spaghetti and cook for 10 minutes, then add the broccoli florets and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Drain the spaghetti and broccoli and return to the pan. Add the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan, chilli flakes and plenty of pepper. Toss together.
  5. Take the chicken breasts out of the oven.Cut into a thick portion and ensure that it is cooked through, with no pink showing.Divide the spaghetti and broccoli between four plates, top each with a stuffed chicken breast and serve immediately.

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