Mojito Chicken And Spaghetti

Mojito Chicken and Spaghetti Recipe

Having recently been on a wonderful 7 day cruise to the Caribbean, I'm trying hard to recapture some of the flavors we experienced while we were away.  One of my absolute favorite things that I indulged in on vacation was the Mojito cocktail.  Minty, zesty, rum laden and tropically delicious! Oh baby, those were soooo good !!

Nothing beats lounging poolside, sipping on one of these babies. Ahh, I can almost feel the wind in my hair :)

Here then, is my version of a Mojito cocktail - on a dinner plate!


For the chicken:
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4-5 limes, zested first and then juiced (reserve the zest for later)
3 cloves garlic, grated
1/4 cup rum (light or dark)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup water
1 pound spaghetti

-In a small bowl, mix the lime juice, garlic, rum and mint leaves.  Pour over the chicken breasts and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
-After your chicken has marinated, remove from liquid and pat the chicken dry on both sides with paper towels.  Discard the marinade.
-Salt and pepper each breast to taste.
-In a large saute pan, over medium high heat, add the olive oil and the brown chicken on each side approximately 8-10 minutes per side. Add the water. Reduce the heat to low and cover.
-Continue cooking the chicken on low for 15 minutes (or until the juices run clear and it's completely cooked through).
-While the chicken is cooking, prepare your spaghetti according to the package directions but cutting the cooking time short by 2 minutes.
-Meanwhile combine the following ingredients to make a light sauce for the spaghetti:

For the spaghetti:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4-5 limes, juiced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons mint leaves, chopped
zest of 2-3 limes
1 cup frozen peas
lime zest and chopped mint for garnish (if desired)

-In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lime juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, mint and zest.
-Drain the spaghetti and add the frozen peas, tossing to combine.  
-On low heat, add the olive oil and mint mixture to the spaghetti and continue to heat for an additional 3-4 minutes.
-Toss it all together and plate with the chicken breast topping the spaghetti.
-Garnish with additional lime zest and mint if desired.


Mojito Chicken and Spaghetti Recipe

Mojito Chicken and Spaghetti Recipe

There you have it.  It's as easy as one, two, tree mon.  A little bit of island flavor no matter where you live!

Until we eat again,

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