Creamy, comforting pasta doesn’t just have to be for the cold-weather months. A touch of lemon can lighten things up! Easy Lemon Chicken Pasta is a simple but flavorful dish that adds some sunshine to dinnertime! Infused with bright lemony flavors in a creamy savory sauce, Easy Lemon Chicken Pasta tender cooks your favorite pasta to tender perfection with juicy chicken. It takes less than half an hour to make this, so your weeknight dinners just got much more exciting!


For the chicken pasta:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and cubed
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 (12-ounce) box long pasta, such as spaghetti
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup light or heavy cream

Optional, for serving:

  • lemon wedges, to taste
  • fresh basil, to taste
  • parmesan cheese, to taste, shredded


Step 1 –Heat a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 2 –Add the olive oil.

Step 3 –Ad the onions and cook until tender, about 4-5 minutes.

Step 4 –Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 5 –Add the chicken, the salt, the pepper, the dried basil, and the red pepper flakes and sauté until the chicken is cooked through, about 7-10 minutes.

Step 6 –Add the pasta and the broth, cooking until the pasta is al dente, according to the package directions.

Step 7 –Add the lemon zest, the lemon juice, and the cream, stirring to combine, about 1-2 minutes.

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Step 8 –Remove the skillet from the heat.

Step 9 –Serve on plates or in large bowls and top with lemon wedges, the fresh basil, and the parmesan!