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Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

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This Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta is a quick and delicious meal for busy weeknights.  Creamy and delicious with a hint of lemon. Yum!

Love Lemon? You will love this quick and easy Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta Recipe.

Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

You can use either fresh chicken and real lemons or precooked chicken and bottled lemon juice to make this dish.  It is delicious either way!  (Of course, nothing beats fresh lemon, so if you have ’em use ’em…)


The addition of peas, broccoli, or asparagus would be a fabulous compliment to this dish.  (I try to keep the veggies on the side instead of mixed in, – since it tends to reduce the amount of whining from a certain picky eater I know, lol.)

Creamy lemon chicken pasta

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Creamy lemon chicken pasta

Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

  • Author: Jamie Sanders


This Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta is a quick and delicious meal for busy weeknights.  Creamy and delicious with a hint of lemon. Yum!


  • 12 oz dried pasta
  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into small strips (uncooked or precooked)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried Basil
  • 1 lemon, juiced (or if you use bottled lemon juice, use whatever is equivalent to 1 lemon. )
  • 1 cup of reserved pasta cooking liquid
  • 1 cup of half n half or heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus a bit more to top the dish after cooking
  • 1 tsp of cornstarch (if needed)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water.  When draining the pasta, reserve about a cup of the pasta cooking liquid.  Keep pasta warm. (To keep the pasta from sticking together after cooking, you can mix in about 1 tsp of olive oil.)
  2. While the pasta is cooking, season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high and add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, chicken, garlic, and red pepper flakes to a saute pan.
  3. Cook until the chicken is golden and completely cooked. (If using precooked chicken, saute the garlic and red pepper about 3 minutes before adding the chicken, then cook a minute or two longer until the chicken is thoroughly coated and hot.)
  4. Add about 1/2 cup of pasta cooking liquid, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese and cream to the chicken mixture.
  5. Cook over medium heat until the sauce has thickened.  If you want a little more cream sauce, add the rest of the reserved pasta cooking liquid.  (If you want your cream sauce thicker, add a tsp of corn starch to 2 tablespoons of water and mix into the sauce.  Continue cooking until desired thickness is achieved.)
  6. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and turn the heat off.
  7. Mix everything together until the pasta is thoroughly coated.
  8. Top with dried basil, cracked fresh pepper and additional Parmesan cheese.

Serve and enjoy!

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    1. Sorry you didn't like it! Lemon and creamy pasta do go well together, there are tons of recipes out there to try.

  1. Love this recipe!!!! My kids even request it now!!! I also just make the sauce with chicken, add fresh spinach, and put it in a cooked halved spaghetti squash. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  2. I regularly buy "Realemon" bottled lemon juice (the good old bottle from the supermarket that is green, is sort of bulbous-shaped at the top). Its label states: 3 tablespoons to give equivalent of juice from 1 lemon. So that's what I did and it turned out GREAT. Just the right balance with the creamy ingredients and seasonings.

  3. We loved this! I used a half cup of freshly squeezed lemon and it was perfect. I would love to add some mushrooms, capers and artichokes next time. Yum!

  4. 1/2 cup lemon juice was way too much and we LOVE lemon.

    1. What measurement does your bottle of lemon juice say to use in place of one lemon. (I used a real lemon and I think I just used a random conversion from the internet.) Your feed back would be very helpful and I could update the recipe.


  5. This looks and sounds so good! I just pinned your yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

  6. I'm new follower visiting from DIY by design.When I saw "lemon" I had to come check it out,I love lemon!!…This recipe sounds delish,I've got to try!

  7. This sounds so delicious. I'm wishing I had some in front of me right now. I follow you every way possible! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – it helped to make make the party a success!

  8. Oh, this looks so good! I think we are going to try it this week… xo