Chicken, Mushrooms and Artichoke Hearts with Cheese Tortellini in a Light Lemon Butter Sauce

I am tired and I didn’t feel like making a big dinner. I had some cheese tortellini I needed to use so I decided chicken would be great with it. I marinated some chicken breasts and looked for other ingredients to use. I grabbed some mushrooms, frozen artichoke hearts, garlic, grape tomatoes, lemon and basil. It was really easy to cook, didn’t take long and tasted great. The chicken was really flavorful and tender. The combination of flavors worked well together. It was a light, healthy and delicious meal – my husband couldn’t get enough.

Marinade:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3-4 leaves of basil, chopped
  • Zest of one lemon, chopped finely
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (for cooking)

Place the chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound them, with a mallet, until they are 1/4 inch thick. Place chicken into a large zip lock bag and add the olive oil, minced garlic, chopped basil, lemon zest, sea salt and pepper. Mix so the chicken is evenly coated with marinade. Let it marinate for at least 1 hour.

Heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add chicken breasts and cook for 4 minutes then flip. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until juices run clear. Remove from heat and let sit for at least 5 minutes before slicing into bite size chunks.

  • 8 oz of button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup of frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
  • 1 handful of grape tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • Cheese tortellini, prepared per instructions
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons (to taste)
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • 5-6 basil leaves, chopped
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Cook the tortellini per instructions.

While the pasta is cooking, add mushrooms to the hot skillet you cooked the chicken in. Add more oil if needed (I didn’t need to). Sauté for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Add the artichoke hearts, tomatoes and minced garlic to the pan then stir frequently for 60 seconds. Add the tortellini, chicken chunks, lemon juice, butter, Parmesan, basil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Enjoy.

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30 Responses to “Chicken, Mushrooms and Artichoke Hearts with Cheese Tortellini in a Light Lemon Butter Sauce”

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    Jan — October 1, 2008 @ 4:51 am

    And this is what you cook when you’re tired? You rock sister!
    Looks superb.

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    recipes2share — October 1, 2008 @ 7:34 am

    This looks superb!

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    Jason — October 1, 2008 @ 8:33 am

    I would have had a bowl of frosted flakes or macaroni & cheese, my favorites if I'm tired. What a great combination of flavors in this dish, and so easy to make!

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    Barbara Bakes — October 1, 2008 @ 11:32 am

    The picture of the chicken alone makes this dish look fabulous!

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    colleen — October 1, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

    Looks so yummy. I love tortellini in any dish..

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    Cheryl — October 1, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

    Looks delicious, wow!

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    Katherine Aucoin — October 1, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

    You’re singing my song. This looks so delicious and has all of my favorites. Your photos are simply awesome too.

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    Fearless Kitchen — October 1, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

    This looks delightful. It’s very creative!

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    Marjie — October 1, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

    Nice dinner! We love tortellini!

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    Candy — October 1, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

    Pretty pictures! Love the combinations.

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    The Blonde Duck — October 1, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

    This is perfect! I’ve got chicken and tortallini in my fridge! Brilliant.

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    Any Little Reason — October 1, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

    You impress me – when I’m too tired to cook, I never end up with anything nearly this pretty! That is a beautiful impromptu dish!

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    ~~louise~~ — October 1, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

    Delicious looking. I feel the crave upon me, I need tortellini NOW!

    Oh wait, I have all the ingredients. You know what I’m making for dinner…

    Thanks for sharing…

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    Maria — October 1, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

    Any dish with artichokes is my friend! Looks lovely!

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    Adam — October 1, 2008 @ 5:13 pm

    So what’s a meal look like when you have energy? I’ll come over for a lazy day anyday :) You’re quite the creative cook, Pam

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    Live.Love.Eat — October 1, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

    Looks delicious, light & refreshing!

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    Aggie — October 1, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

    That chicken looks delish, add it to the pasta and veggies, wow! Love this!

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    nicole — October 1, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

    Dang that looks pretty good and tasty for something whipped up real quick. I’m about to go and make your salsa right now. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Beth — October 1, 2008 @ 7:02 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic supper. I love tortellini

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    Leslie — October 1, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

    mmmmm..everything about this dinner looks delish!!!

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    Dawn — October 1, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

    This looks pretty special to me. This is what you make when you’re tired? Wow, lucky family!! I would devour this. Artichoke hearts are perfect in here.

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    Sharon — October 1, 2008 @ 10:02 pm

    Hmm, this doesn’t look like my dinners when I’m tired! I love the combination of ingredients, especially the artichokes. You’ve got a little bit of everything I love!

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    Emily — October 1, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

    Wow! This is sooo up my alley! All of my favorites in one! Great recipe!

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    MaryBeth — October 1, 2008 @ 10:41 pm

    This looks really amazing, a very nice and light meal.

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    ~Priscilla~ — October 2, 2008 @ 12:04 am

    oh wow Pam – this looks delcious!! i can’t wait to try it!

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    hot garlic — October 2, 2008 @ 12:39 am

    Could you combine any more of my favorite things into one dish! This is fabulous!

    Thanks for your nice comments, I think you are really talented too!

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    Heather — October 2, 2008 @ 4:02 am

    mmmm i love love love tortellini. it is something that nick and i make every fall. hundreds of tortellini to get us through the winter… we’re like squirrels! the sauce sounds lovely!

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    Grace — October 2, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

    when i don’t feel like cooking, i have cereal. :) kudos to you–this is an amazing dish, whether the cook is tired or not. :)

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    Gloria — October 2, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

    This artichokes hearts kiilling me I love them and this look wonderful!!! xxGloria

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    tigerfish — October 4, 2008 @ 7:55 am

    Pictures with Trader Joes on it make me sad…because…I miss it so so much! I was quite a sucker for TJs when I was in California :)

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