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Lemon Chicken Primavera Recipe

Lemon Chicken Primavera Recipe

This chicken dish makes a nice change of pace for my husband and me when our three boys stay with their grandparents. —Mary Linda King, Florence, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch strips
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the chicken, red pepper and garlic in oil until chicken juices run clear. Combine flour and milk until smooth; gradually stir into chicken mixture. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 2. Drain pasta. Add the pasta, peas, salt, lemon peel, dill and pepper to pan. Cook and stir until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 405 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 851mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 5g fiber), 35g protein.

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LegalSec User ID: 548619 168440
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"Very good. I used 3/4 lb of chicken, 1 tsp. of canola, yellow, orange and red peppers, the juice of one lemon plus the zest, skim milk, omitted the parmesan and it was delicious. I will make this again."

cmarie_1124 User ID: 5693915 162555
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"Also used lemon juice (1.5 TBSP) instead of lemon zest"

cmarie_1124 User ID: 5693915 148087
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"Delicious and a good change of pace. I made a few alterations - olive oil instead of canola, a whole chopped red pepper, garlic powder instead of fresh, double the parmesan cheese, double the amount of pasta, and only 1/4 of the salt. Served with shredded Asiago."

rusty's wife User ID: 5725713 162286
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2012

"Loved it. I cut the chicken a little smaller. But that is all I changed Yummy!"

bloocat68 User ID: 4593521 94434
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011

"This was a nice simple meal to cook. I made a ton of it. I added mushrooms. It was yummy!"

coolbreeze35 User ID: 4814587 168439
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

"We liked this a lot. We doubled the pasta, sauce and chicken so we'd have leftovers, but did not double the spice. It was very creamy and delicious."

coolbreeze35 User ID: 4814587 147806
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

"I really enjoyed the colors and taste of this dish. I doubled the sauce but not the spices and it was perfect for me."

Merrymellow User ID: 4926467 163581
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"Tonight, I finally made this recipe. I used asparagus and carrots, instead of peas. My family LOVED it! This recipe is a keeper!"

briandean User ID: 2914082 94486
Reviewed May. 10, 2010

"This was good, and easy to make. I didn't have lemon peel, and don't care to use any citrus peel, so I used 2 tsp of lemon juice. I'd say it would take more than 1 T to get an actual lemony flavor. I would cut down the peas to 1 cup or 1 1/2 cups. I'd also add mushrooms and onion as well. Just because I'm fond of them and think it would fit well."

psomleva User ID: 4947789 75459
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2010

"A great creamy pasta dish! I would definitely skip the peas next time though. The original recipe uses 2 cups - far too much for my taste."

ColleenaG User ID: 1190332 101363
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"I cooked 4 slices of bacon and then sauted the chicken, pepper and garlic in the drippings. I then added the cooked bacon at the end with the Parmesan cheese. It was good but I will add mushrooms and onion next time too."

raschdes User ID: 2065574 67188
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"We loved this. But we doubles the noodles and it was still saucy enough!"

kcsaustin User ID: 3901354 162520
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"Very good and quick recipe. I made it as instructed, but didn't add all the peas and used additional milk to thin the sauce after it was all mixed together. I used whole wheat pasta. I'll definitely be preparing it again and will probably add mushrooms and onion."

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