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Lemon Chicken Pasta (VIDEO)

Lemon Chicken Pasta is an easy 30-minute dinner. This chicken pasta tastes like a restaurant quality meal and the lemon cream sauce will win you over.

We love easy chicken pasta recipes like Chicken Tetrazzini and Pesto Chicken Pasta. This Lemon Chicken Pasta is the most requested chicken dinner at our house. P.S. Both the chicken and pasta reheat really well, which is perfect for meal prep.

Lemon Chicken Pasta in a bowl garnished with parsley

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The #1 Secret to Creamy Alfredo Sauce:

Had you ever made a grainy, curdled or lumpy alfredo sauce? This lemon alfredo sauce is so simple to make but removing it from the heat after adding the cheese is KEY. As with any alfredo sauce, If you continue boiling after adding parmesan, the sauce can curdle and become gritty.

The #2 secret would be whisking constantly while adding the lemon juice so the cream doesn’t separate.

Pasta in creamy alfredo sauce

How to Reheat Creamy Pasta:

There are several effective ways to reheat a creamy pasta. Always add a splash of milk (or reserved pasta cooking water), to loosen the cream since it will thicken as it cools. The trick is to heat low and slow and just until warmed through. If you over-heat it, the cream will separate and turn buttery.

  • On the Stove: Place in a sauce pan over medium-low heat and warm the pasta slowly, stirring frequently and adding more milk as needed to thin the sauce. Remove from heat once warmed through.
  • In the Microwave: You can microwave a bowl of pasta for 45-60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds.

Warm lemon chicken pasta garnished with parsley

What is a Lemon Cream Sauce?

We took our classic creamy alfredo sauce, and replaced the white wine with fresh lemon juice. The lemon juice lightens up the sauce and makes it vibrant. It goes so well with the crispy lemon chicken. The ingredients are simple:

  • Butter – helps keep the sauce from separating
  • Fresh garlic and onion powder – add amazing flavor
  • Lemon Juice – fresh is best
  • Heavy whipping cream – luxuriously smooth
  • Shredded parmesan cheese or freshly grated
  • Salt – always try the finished sauce and season to taste

Ingredients for lemon cream sauce alfredo

How to Make Lemon Chicken:

My 9-year old son developed this lemon chicken when he was experimenting with popcorn chicken. It’s a simple 3-step process that results in a crisp and juicy chicken. You can use chicken breast cutlets or chicken tenders.

  1. Dip chicken cutlets into egg wash (egg+milk)
  2. Coat chicken in bread crumb mixture (panko bread crumbs + salt + pepper)
  3. Sautee in a large skillet and squeeze lemon juice over cooked chicken

Ingredients for Lemon Chicken

More Chicken Pasta Recipes:

These chicken pasta recipes are some of the most popular recipes on our site. They are easy, flavorful and so satisfying.

Chicken Pasta Recipe served with lemon wedges and parsley

Watch Natasha Make Lemon Chicken Pasta:

It’s difficult to watch this when you’re hungry. There’s something about that crisp, juicy chicken and supremely creamy pasta that makes my mouth water. Make this lemon chicken pasta once and you’ll make it over and over.

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Lemon Chicken Pasta

5 from 21 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Lemon Chicken Pasta is an easy 30-minute dinner. This chicken pasta tastes like a restaurant quality meal and the lemon cream sauce will win you over.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$10
Keyword: lemon chicken pasta
Calories: 1085 kcal
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Chicken Pasta Ingredients:

Lemon Cream Sauce

  • 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice from 1 large lemon, divided
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp parsley optional garnish

Instructions

Cook Pasta:

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil, add 1 Tbsp salt and pasta. Cook until al-dente according package instructions or to desired doneness. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water then drain and lightly rinse (rinsing will keep the sauce creamier)

Make Lemon Chicken:

  1. While pasta is cooking, set up 2 bowls. In first bowl, beat together 1 egg and 1 Tbsp milk. In second bowl, combine 1 cup bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Dip each chicken cutlet in egg wash, letting excess drip back into the bowl, then dip in bread crumbs, turning to coat.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp oil, or enough to lightly cover the bottom of the pan and sautee breaded chicken in a single layer for 3-4 minutes per side or until cooked through with an internal temperature of 165˚F. Transfer to cutting board to cool slightly then cut into strips.

Make Lemon Cream Sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat. Melt 2 Tbsp butter then add 2 minced garlic cloves and 1/4 tsp onion powder. Sautee 1 minute until fragrant.
  2. Add 2 cups heavy cream and 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and while whisking constantly, gradually pour in 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, whisking to incorporate.
  3. Sprinkle the top with 1/3 cup parmesan cheese and remove from heat, whisking until cheese is melted and incorporated. Season to taste with salt (I added a pinch of salt).

  4. Pour sauce over rinsed, drained pasta and toss to coat noodles. Add reserved pasta cooking water to thin the sauce if desired. Garnish with parsley and serve with strips of chicken over warm bowls filled with pasta.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1085 Calories from Fat 603
% Daily Value*
Fat 67g103%
Saturated Fat 35g219%
Cholesterol 371mg124%
Sodium 1033mg45%
Potassium 787mg22%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 2205IU44%
Vitamin C 9.7mg12%
Calcium 246mg25%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • BRENDA
    November 10, 2019

    this was wonderful. I made it just as is and will definitely make it again, soon. I like that little squirt of lemon on the chicken after it’s fried-really adds to it. thanks for sharing Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 11, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Brenda! Reply

  • Rabia Asim
    November 4, 2019

    Is it ok to replace parmesan cheese in “lemon chicken Pasta sauce” with cheddar cheese that i hv at home ? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2019

      Hi Rabia, I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe Reply

  • Priscilla Nieves
    October 31, 2019

    I made this today for the first time and i have to say it was DELICIOUS!!!!!! Wow. It was easy and fast to make. Just how i like. I will be cooking more of your recipes.  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 1, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Donna
    October 23, 2019

    Where are your blue pasta bowls from? They are spectacular! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 24, 2019

      Hi Donna, some of our favorite tools including this dish can be found in our shop hereReply

  • Esthefania Mora
    October 20, 2019

    So easy and so delicious! First time making it and it’s already a favorite. Thanks for uploading video. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 20, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Esthefania! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

    • Priscilla
      November 8, 2019

      Big hit! The pasta is so delicious and creamy. The chicken has a fresh lemon taste. My family absolutely loved it. And I loved that it only took 30 minutes lol. Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        November 8, 2019

        I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Viki
    October 11, 2019

    My husband and I LOVE this recipe! It is my go to quick meal now whenever I feel like pasta. It has even taken over my love of a good spaghetti bolognese which is saying A LOT! I especially love that I can tailor the amount of lemon per serve since I prefer more and hubby likes less! Great recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 12, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Viki! Reply

  • Kate
    October 10, 2019

    Our family LOVES this recipe! However, our sauce always comes out a bit watery too. I’m wondering if it’s because we have different whip cream in Canada? Ours is 35%. It doesn’t thicken up very well on the stove. Could I add cornstarch to the cold cream to help? Thanks for the great recipe!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 10, 2019

      I’m so glad your Family enjoyed this recipe, Kate! I haven’t experienced those results, but I am always happy to help troubleshoot. Heavy whipping cream is naturally pretty thick – I wonder if you possibly used a substitution instead of heavy whipping cream? I hope that helps to figure out what may have gone wrong. Reply

      • Lisa
        October 18, 2019

        Oh, and I also added a bit of olive oil to the pasta after I drained as the sauce wasn’t quite ready yet. I don’t know if that helped. Reply

    • Lisa
      October 18, 2019

      I tried this recipe tonight. It was sooooo delicious. First time in a long time that my kids were quiet at dinner because no one was complaining. It took me a bit longer to make but then again I was cooking for 6. Anyway, I had the same experience with the whipping cream (in Canada). I was really worried and thought I did something wrong. But once I added the pasta I just kept tossing in and it got thicker as it cooled a bit. The sauce never thickened while I was cooking it. Maybe try adding a bit more pasta for more even distribution of the sauce. Reply

      • Natasha
        October 19, 2019

        I love that review – the kids were quiet at dinner. I’m smiling big. Thank you for sharing! 🙂 You should try our chicken pesto pasta next. That is a winner with my kiddos. It’s also great using shrimp and I’ve skipped the asparagus to satisfy our youngster. Reply

  • Yadi
    October 9, 2019

    This was a hit! I didn’t have onion powder so added a quarter onion to sauce. It was sooooo good family loved it! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 9, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that, Yadi! Thank you for that awesome review! Reply

  • Christine kelly
    September 30, 2019

    Hi could i use creme fraiche instead of cream would it work thanks Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 30, 2019

      Hi Christine, I haven’t tested that to advise. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe Reply

  • Sidney
    September 26, 2019

    Was sooo good but it is not a left over kind of meal. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 26, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with us. Reply

  • Bernice
    September 22, 2019

    Natasha I so enjoy you and your wonderful recipes. I especially enjoy your videos. Everything I have made by you have been awesome and enjoyed by me and my family. Thank you so much for being a part of my cooking life Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 23, 2019

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m all smiles! Reply

  • Afrin
    September 17, 2019

    This is a great recipe and we love it!
    But if there is a way to make it using an instant pot it would be awesome. I prefer this because of less cleanups afterward.
    I can prepare the chicken first but wondering how I can cook the pasta and the sauce at the same time. Please share your tips Natasha. Thanks. Reply

    • Natasha
      September 17, 2019

      Thank you for the wonderful review. I’m so glad you loved the recipe! Since this recipe is probably faster to make on the stove-top, we did not make an instant pot version of it. Here are all of our instant pot recipes. I hope you find some new favorites! Reply

  • Christina
    September 4, 2019

    Made this the other day and my husband LOVED it! He said “you can make this for me every day!” Lol! I used chicken thighs because I don’t like how chicken breast dries up so quickly. Turned out great! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 4, 2019

      Aww! That’s the best, Christina! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Karla Harkness
    August 27, 2019

    Lemon chicken my sauce was watery Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 28, 2019

      Hi Karla, I haven’t experienced those results, but I am always happy to help troubleshoot. Heavy whipping cream is naturally pretty thick – I wonder if you possibly used a substitution instead of heavy whipping cream? Also, there shouldn’t be any off smell to it, but it should smell like an alfredo sauce with a hint of lemon to it. Could your heavy cream have gone bad? Also, make sure to use real lemon juice for best results, not concentrate. I hope that helps to figure out what may have gone wrong. Reply

  • Elizabeth Kroening
    July 25, 2019

    I love all of your recipes, but I’m not sure about this one. I was soo excited because it sounded amazing. I must have done something wrong….my sauce did not thicken at all…and it taste good but smells really weird. I’m not sure how to make it better but I’m gonna try putting it in the oven to thicken the sauce so it’s not like lemon milk:/ Reply

    • Natasha
      July 25, 2019

      Hi Elizabeth, I haven’t experienced those results, but I am always happy to help troubleshoot. Heavy whipping cream is naturally pretty thick – I wonder if you possibly used a substitution instead of heavy whipping cream? Also, there shouldn’t be any off smell to it, but it should smell like an alfredo sauce with a hint of lemon to it. Could your heavy cream have gone bad? Also, make sure to use real lemon juice for best results, not concentrate. I hope that helps to figure out what may have gone wrong. Reply

  • Ksusha.A
    July 24, 2019

    Simple. Yummy. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 25, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Ksusha! Reply

  • Irina
    July 22, 2019

    Wow! Nice twist on basic chicken. Super easy to make, the whole fam enjoyed it! Deff will be a staple in our meal plans. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 22, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Irina! Reply

  • Rose
    July 22, 2019

    Hi! can this be made with half and half? If so, what would be the amount to sub? Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      July 22, 2019

      Hi Rose, it would be a significantly thinner sauce and the parmesan doesn’t incorporate as readily with half and half so it would need to be modified. Also, half and half can curdle when lemon juice is added. This recipe is best made with whipping cream. Reply

  • Emmy
    July 18, 2019

    My family absolutely loved this dish….so delicious, yumz! Small tip – I had to pound my chicken breast for even cooking it was still quite thick after i had cut it in half. Thanks Natasha for sharing. Will definitely be making this again 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 18, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Emmy! Reply

  • Chris
    July 15, 2019

    WOW! Just got done making it. So good! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 15, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Chris! Reply

      • KeroKero
        July 20, 2019

        Would you call this a healthy meal? Reply

    • Jessica
      July 31, 2019

      Loved this recipe! My dish didn’t look quite as beautiful though. Need dishes like this blue one. Mind sharing where they are from? Reply

  • Nicole
    July 11, 2019

    Yum! That’s all that is needed to describe this dish! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 12, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Nicole! Reply

  • Krista
    July 10, 2019

    The end product was super good. However, take note that it may take you longer than 30 minutes to make. It took my husband and me a full hour, with both of us working. Maybe we’re just slow in the kitchen, maybe it had something to do with the brands we were using, or maybe it just takes the typical home cook longer than 30 minutes. If you are super efficient and don’t need to check the recipe much, then I’m sure you’ll fall closer to the estimated time. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 10, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Cami
    July 10, 2019

    I made this the day you posted the video. My son’s friend was over and he said “you make the best food I’ve ever had!!!” Needless to say, it was all gone! Making it again tonight and doubling the recipe so I can have some for lunch tomorrow. (If I can hide it well enough in the fridge) 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 10, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Cami! Reply

  • Debbie
    July 8, 2019

    I love all of your recipes, thank you! I made this tonight and the only thing I did differently was to add the zest from a lemon to the panko crumbs before I squeezed the lemon into the sauce. This gave the chicken coating an extra boost of lemon…awesome!!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 8, 2019

      I love the extra lemon idea, Debbie! Thank you for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Ashley F
    July 6, 2019

    I loved using the panko on the chicken! Turned out great! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2019

      That’s so awesome! I’m happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Aimee Shugarman
    July 6, 2019

    One of my new favorite dinner recipes! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Aimee! Reply

  • Sarah Skaggs
    July 6, 2019

    Yum! We love this recipe, it’s perfect! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2019

      Sounds like you found a new favorite Sarah! Reply

  • Demeter
    July 6, 2019

    Pasta is always a winner in our house. Such a flavorful dish and so easy to make. Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Krissy Allori
    July 5, 2019

    This lemon sauce looks so good! I can’t wait to try it! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2019

      I hope you love it Krissy! Reply

    • Katrina Kofeloa
      July 10, 2019

      I need to feed 8 people. Is there anything I should do different or just literally double ALL the ingredients?
      Thanks I’m so excited to try this one! Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        July 10, 2019

        Hi Katrina, I would double it. Also, If you click “Jump to recipe” at the top of the post it will take you to our printable recipe where you’ll have the option to change the number of servings. Hover over the serving number highlighted in red and slide it to how many servings you would like to make. I hope that helps! Reply

  • Donna
    July 5, 2019

    I made this tonight.. Quick meal.. super easy…very flavorful. YuM yummy 😋. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 5, 2019

      I’m happy you enjoyed that Donna! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Reply

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