Lemon Chicken Pasta

I often find myself scouring the pantry in the afternoon trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

Please tell me I’m not the only, lol. I do admit there have been times we’ve had cereal, and that’s okay in my books. BUT, If I have time and have been organized that week I really like to make a nice meal for my family. I usually find something with chicken and run with it, because you really can’t go wrong with chicken, right?

This next recipe is one my mom found and tried several months ago. She couldn’t remember if she had found it online or in a magazine, but she tried it, and it was a hit! The whole family loved it (my fam pretty much loves any chicken and pasta recipe). ;) The chicken was super tender and the sauce made it even better (sauces that call for whipping cream are ALWAYS good!)

I’m adding this Lemon Chicken Pasta to the meal rotation! Doesn’t it look SO good?

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Like I said before, how can you go wrong with Chicken and Pasta recipes?

Lemon Chicken Pasta
  • 4 grilled chicken breast sliced
  • 1 pound cooked penne
  • ½ stick butter
  • 1-2 whole lemons (depending on how much lemon you want in it - I use only 1)
  • ¾ cups whipping cream
  • ¼ cup Half & Half
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  1. Cook pasta as directed on box. Reserve one cup water, set pasta aside.
  2. In same pot, melt butter over medium heat. Squeeze in juice of lemon(s) and whisk together.
  3. Pour half & half and cream together and whisk until hot. Dump in cheese and whisk until melted. Add salt pepper to taste
  4. Check consistency and add hot pasta water until you reach your desired thickness. Stir in half of your basil.
  5. Pour pasta and sauce into a large bowl. Add chicken, sprinkle remaining basil on top. ENJOY with some garlic bread. Yum!

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My mom always finds the best recipes!! I think it’s because she has become a pro at looking at the ingredients and knowing from there if it’s one to try or not to try. ;)

For more Pasta-type dishes, be sure to try:

Delicious Chicken and Asparagus Pasta recie on { lilluna.com }

Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

Parmesan Chicken Manicotti recipe

Parmesan Chicken Manicotti

Yummy Lasagna Recipe { lilluna.com }

Easy Lasagna

For all Lil’ Luna recipes go HERE.


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  1. 1

    This looks amazing!! Pinning! Also, you are for sure not the only one. I feel like four nights out of five I have no clue what to make at 4:30!
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  2. 3

    looks so nice
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  3. 5

    We have cereal and pancakes for dinner more than I care to admit! We all love pasta around here, I’ll have save this to try asap!
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  4. 7

    This looks totally restaurant worthy – I can’t wait to try it!
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    • 8

      Thank you, Deborah!! I think you will love it. Let me know how it goes if you get a chance to try it out. Have a great day! XO

  5. 9

    Did you use a marinade for your chicken breast?

  6. 10

    I made this dish on Thursday for my family and guests, it was a HUGE success!!! The dish was so beautiful on the plate that I served it on that my friend said it was, Pinterest worthy! I made it with the tricolored bow tie pasta it really makes the food pop with color…the flavor speaks for itself. Try it!!!

  7. 12

    How did you cook your chicken?

  8. 14

    Made this today and the family loved it! I only used 1 lemon and added 1/2 lb shrimp because my husband loves anything with shrimp in it :)

  9. 16

    I’m trying this tonight I’ll be sure to come back and write a review

  10. 18

    The ingredient list says 1-2 lemons and the instructions say to add the juice of 3 lemons. Other reviewers say too lemony. I’m totally confused. Is one lemon too much? Are two lemons too much? Are three lemons too much?

    • 19

      I tried this recipe tonight. While making the sauce, the lemons curdled the milk! I was whisking and whisking away and it had micro cottage cheese in there. I dumped it out, put lemon on the chicken and made a garlic, basil cream sauce instead. Any suggestions?

  11. 20

    Looks yummy! How did you season the chicken?

  12. 22

    Any tips if the sauce was too thin?

  13. 24

    Sorry to ask, but what is “half and half”?

  14. 26

    Yum! How many does this serve? Thanks!

  15. 27

    I live in Australia and would love to know what “half and half” is ??

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