Lemon Chicken Pasta Recipe
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Lemon Chicken Pasta Recipe

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My grandmother made chicken wings and served them over rice. To speed things up, I cook lemony chicken breasts and serve them over capellini pasta. —Aileen Rivera, Bronx, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces uncooked capellini or angel hair pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup peeled and thinly sliced garlic cloves (about 12 cloves)
  • 1 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • Lemon wedges, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 403 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 577mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.


  1. Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/4-in. thickness. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Dip chicken in flour to coat both sides; shake off excess.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm.
  3. In same pan, heat remaining oil over medium heat; add garlic. Cook and stir 30-60 seconds or until garlic is lightly browned. Add wine to pan; increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan, until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in lemon juice.
  4. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water; place in a large bowl. Add cheese, 1/3 cup parsley, half of the garlic mixture, and remaining salt and pepper; toss to combine, adding enough reserved pasta water to moisten pasta. Serve with chicken. Drizzle with remaining garlic mixture; sprinkle with remaining parsley. If desired, serve with lemon wedges. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Chicken Pasta in Taste of Home April/May 2016, p19

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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lizzard_head User ID: 8776820 263147
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2017

"This was easy to make and tasted great. It could have used a bit more spice. I'll probably reduce the parsley next time, but overall I liked it. I will make it again."

NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 256164
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"The flavor is delicate but still full of garlic flavor. Works fine with fettuccine or, in a pinch, other types of pastas."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 249219
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2016

"Everyone really liked this recipe. I agree with others that it needed a little something more spice-wise but overall a quick and easy dinner to prepare. I wonder if this is the same lemon chicken recipe Raymond's wife Deb used on Everybody Loves Raymond (ha ha)!!??"

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 247819
Reviewed May. 3, 2016

"easy but needed additional spices. I may try shrimp next time."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 246752
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"Very easy to put together but I will try some different spices in it next time and more cheese!"

Armstras07 User ID: 8309866 245650
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

"Love it, I made this last night the pasta was so good. Although I am not sure how the chicken would make it light sort of greasy. I think in future I will make it with grilled chicken to make it more light. The pasta part would go great with shrimp as well or as a side dish"

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