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Lemon Chicken Tortellini Recipe

Lemon Chicken Tortellini Recipe

This recipe freezes really well so I toss extra helpings in the freezer for those hectic days that need fast meals.—Lorraine Caland, Thunder Bay, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 package (19 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-in. pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 small sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 6 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute chicken in butter until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm. In the same pan, cook red pepper until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add 2 cups broth; bring to a boil.
  • 2. Combine the flour, salt, pepper and remaining broth until smooth; gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the chicken, lemon peel and pepper sauce if desired. Add spinach; cook just until wilted. Drain pasta; toss with sauce. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 358 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 883mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein .

Reviews for Lemon Chicken Tortellini

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dmkinsey 251814
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

"I made this for dinner last night, and my husband and I both loved it. An easy and different way to use chicken. This one is definitely a keeper!"

angelzflyingby 168165
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

"My family loved it . I didn't add the peppers because my son doesn't eat them but there were no left overs ."

bsballbabe 185826
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"very easy and quick!! Tastes amazing!"

lap84 101446
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"Tasty & quick"

erica_kaspar 116006
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2009

"This is so great! Made it last night so easy and most of these items I already had in the pantry! Will definitely make it again"

Smourer 186439
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2009

"This was good. However next time I will use less tortellini, too much."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.