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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. Sauteeย 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 8 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 165หšF. 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*
Total Fat 67g 103%
Saturated Fat 35g 175%
Cholesterol 371mg 124%
Sodium 1033mg 43%
Potassium 787mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 77g 26%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 44g 88%
Vitamin A 44.1%
Vitamin C 11.7%
Calcium 24.6%
Iron 17.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

      Iโ€™m so glad you enjoyed it, Chris! Reply

      • KeroKero
        July 20, 2019

        Would you call this a healthy meal? 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

      Iโ€™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) ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 Iโ€™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 youโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‹. 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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