Chicken Scampi Pasta has a garlic butter sauce that is light, vibrant, and so satisfying. It was inspired by our Shrimp Scampi Pasta and the family licked their plates clean with this one.

My kids loved the lemon flavor and went back for refills, and so did my husband. It’s the best feeling when the whole family is so pleased with dinner.

Chicken Scampi served over pasta in a bowl

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We love chicken pasta recipes from Chicken Alfredo to Lemon Chicken Pasta and let’s not forget Chicken Tetrazzini. If you are a pasta lover, this Chicken Scampi Pasta is a must-try.

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What makes a dish scampi?

In the US, most people think of Scampi as being the Italian-American concept of Shrimp Scampi, but scampi by itself is a dish that is served in a sauce made of butter, garlic, and dry white wine. You can make all kinds of scampi including lobster, scallops, and chicken scampi.

Chicken cooked scampi style in a skillet

Ingredients for Chicken Scampi

  • Pasta – use 12 oz spaghetti and salt the water
  • Chicken Tenders – the easiest and most forgiving chicken to work with
  • Salt, Pepper, Flour – to dredge the chicken
  • Olive Oil, Butter– to cook the chicken and make sauce (do not skimp on the butter)
  • White Wine – use a dry wine such as chardonnay or sauvignon blanc
  • Garlic – 4 cloves, or 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • Lemon – you’ll need 1 tsp of zest and 1/4 cup lemon juice from 1 large or 2 medium lemons
  • Parsley – finely chopped and added at the end
Ingredients for chicken scampi with chicken tenders, pasta, lemon, parsley, garlic and white wine

How to Make Chicken Scampi

  • Prep – before firing up the stove, chop, zest and juice your ingredients. Season chicken tenders and dip in flour, dusting off the excess.
  • Cook Pasta in salted water until al dente, reserve 1/2 cup pasta water then drain and tranfer to a serving platter.
  • Saute Chicken – while pasta is cooking, sautee chicken in butter and oil for 2 minutes per side (or until 165˚F on a thermometer) then transfer to a plate.
How to make chicken scampi step by step photos
  • Make Sauce – Deglaze the pan with 3/4 cup white wine and cook 5 minutes to reduce down to 1/4 cup liquid. Add butter then garlic and simmer 30 seconds. Off the heat add lemon juice, zest, parsley and salt to taste.
  • Combine – return chicken to the pan and turn to coat in sauce. Spoon extra sauce over the pasta and toss. Top the pasta with chicken and any remaining sauce.
How to make scampi sauce and pasta

Pro Tip: Use some of your reserved pasta water to deglaze the empty pan then drizzle that over your pasta to get all of the tasty sauce in your dish.

Common Questions

Can I use chicken breast?

You can substitute with boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have been trimmed of fat and cut into strips (1-inch thick).

How to reheat pasta?

You can reheat leftover pasta and chicken over low heat on a skillet just until warmed through. If the pasta seems dry, you can drizzle with water and a little more butter. For a boost of flavor, squeeze in fresh lemon juice and serve with freshly chopped parsley and grated parmesan cheese.

Can I use cooking wine?

You can use an inexpensive dry white wine, but I highly recommend only cooking with a wine that you’d drink. Avoid using “cooking wine,” which contains preservatives, sweeteners, and salt that can ruin a dish.

Can I substitute the pasta?

You can make the chicken scampi with sauce and serve it over Mashed Potatoes or White Rice. It’s also yummy on cooked buckwheat.

Up close tender pieces of chicken scampi served over a bed of pasta

Serve with

Chicken scampi pasta is such a hearty and satisfying dinner. All it needs is a simple veggie side dish or salad to complete the meal. We love to serve pasta with:

Chicken Scampi main course served over spaghetti

Make Chicken Scampi for your next pasta night. It comes together fast and everyone loves this easy 30-minute meal.

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Chicken Scampi Pasta Recipe

4.96 from 219 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Chicken Scampi served over spaghetti
Chicken Scampi Pasta has a lemon butter sauce that is light, vibrant, and so satisfying. We served this with roasted asparagus which complimented this dish perfectly.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 people
  • 12 oz spaghetti
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine, chardonnay or sauvignon blanc
  • 4 garlic cloves, (1 Tbsp minced)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest, from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, from 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • Parmesan, freshly shredded to serve

Instructions

  • Prep: chop, zest, juice, and mince all of your ingredients before you start cooking. Season chicken tenders with salt and pepper then dredge in flour.
  • Cook pasta: Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 Tbsp salt. Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water then drain the pasta and return pasta to the pot. Partially cover to keep warm.
  • Sautee chicken: While pasta is cooking, cook the chicken. Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat. Add 1 Tbsp oil and swirl in 1 Tbsp butter. Sauté chicken 2 minutes per side or until golden and cooked through to 165˚F on a thermometer. Remove to a plate. Add another Tbsp of oil and 1 Tbsp butter and sauté the second batch of chicken then transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  • Make sauce: Carefully add 3/4 cup white wine. Return to medium/high heat and scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Cook about 5 minutes or until reduced to about 1/4 cup liquid. Add 4 Tbsp butter and stir to melt. Add garlic and simmer 30 seconds until fragrant. Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 tsp lemon zest, and 1/4 cup parsley. Stir to combine and season with 1/2 tsp salt or to taste.
  • Combine: Return chicken to the pan and turn to coat in sauce. Transfer drained pasta to a large serving bowl then tilt the pan and spoon extra sauce over cooked spaghetti. Toss spaghetti lightly with sauce then top with chicken and drizzle remaining sauce over the pasta*. Serve garnished with more parsley and freshly shredded parmesan.

Notes

Pro Tip: For a saucier pasta, deglaze your pan with some of the reserved pasta water then drizzle over the pasta to get all of the pan flavorings in your dish.

Nutrition Per Serving

551kcal Calories53g Carbs33g Protein20g Fat9g Saturated Fat2g Polyunsaturated Fat7g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat103mg Cholesterol722mg Sodium622mg Potassium2g Fiber2g Sugar667IU Vitamin A11mg Vitamin C36mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Scampi Pasta Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
551
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
103
mg
34
%
Sodium
 
722
mg
31
%
Potassium
 
622
mg
18
%
Carbohydrates
 
53
g
18
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
33
g
66
%
Vitamin A
 
667
IU
13
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
36
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken scampi, chicken scampi pasta
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 551

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  • Jessica C
    February 26, 2024

    My family and I loved this dish! Everyone went back for seconds so I guess the only thing I’d change is to double the recipe next time! So so good!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 27, 2024

      I’m so glad it was a hit, Jessica!

      Reply

  • Kiara
    February 22, 2024

    Hi! Recipe seems yummy and easy to follow. However, 2 tablespoons of salt in pasta water seems like a lot. Is there a reason for this?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 22, 2024

      Hi Kiara! It salts/flavors the noodles from the inside out, but also limits starch gelation so there is less stickiness. The water gets drained so you’re not getting all the extra salt. You can omit if you’d like.

      Reply

  • Kassi
    January 11, 2024

    So yummy! I substituted the wine with chicken broth and one bouillon cube. Will definitely make again!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 11, 2024

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Kassi!

      Reply

  • Linda Forbes Riley
    December 6, 2023

    I made this delicious Chicken Scampi Pasta last night with Cheesy Mozzarella Stuffed Garlic Rolls. What a knockout combination! My family thoroughly enjoyed the meal. I doubled the sauce since my husband enjoys his pasta saucy. I will definitely make this Scampi again and again! Thanks, Natasha!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 6, 2023

      Yay, wonderful to hear that you loved our Chicken Scami recipe Thank you so much for this review.

      Reply

  • Brook Stephenson
    December 4, 2023

    I’m just curious why does it call for one cup of wine and then you only use 3/4 can you please help me with this

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 4, 2023

      Hi Brook, the recipe card states 3/4 cup dry white wine, chardonnay or sauvignon blanc

      Reply

  • Robert
    November 13, 2023

    This was good and I followed the directions exactly but the sauce had too strong of a lemon flavor. Did I do something wrong or should I reduce the amount of lemon juice / zest from the recipe?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      November 15, 2023

      Hi Robert, usually once it’s tossed with the pasta, the flavor of the lemon should definitely mellow out. If serving without any pasta, you could cut back or just add it to taste.

      Reply

  • Marilyn
    November 4, 2023

    My husband made this last night.
    It was absolutely delicious!
    Needless to say it didn’t make it for any leftovers the next day.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 4, 2023

      I’m so glad it was a hit!

      Reply

  • Ed
    October 29, 2023

    Delicious recipe! Used 16oz linguine and almost 2 lbs. chicken to feed 5 very hungry people! It was a hit

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 29, 2023

      Great to hear that this recipe was a huge hit!

      Reply

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