This delectably creamy and flavorful lemon butter pasta with juicy chicken is so delicious; featuring bright buttery lemony notes bursting throughout each bite! Perfect for a weeknight dinner or date night-in!

Pasta is my love language y’all. I’d be hard pressed to believe that pasta isn’t someone else’s love language, too! There are seriously sooo many variations and takes on pasta recipes. I like to think of pasta as one of those recipes that aims to please almost everyone. And lemon pasta, scratch that, lemon butter pasta? My lemon-loving self is crazy about this recipe! It’s so dreamy and perfect to pair with some German wines.

This post is sponsored by Wines of Germany 💛

And as I’ve been learning more about lately, German wines are also super versatile and crowd-pleasing! Are you a big sparking wine fan? They have you covered with German Sekt. Maybe you’re more of a dry white fan, then a Trocken Riesling is for you. And for all my red wine fans out there, I see you, they’ve also got your back with Spätburgunder, which sounds like a lot but is really just German for Pinot Noir.

As the weather continues to stay hot and most of us safely spending our summertime indoors, it’s so nice to be able to combine seasonal activities with meals. German wines such as Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir compliment those sunny summer vibes and pair so great with this lemon butter pasta recipe!

When people think of German wines, they tend to think of only sweet wines, like some of the more saccharine styles of Riesling. In reality, German wines have so much more to offer. Did you know that hundreds of grape varieties grow in Germany? The most widely available wines are made from Riesling, but they also have Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder), Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) and Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder), among others. One of the things I love about these German wines is how perfect they are with food.

As a bonus, I got these wines shipped from; and lucky for you, they’re running a promo when you buy 6 or more German wines, you get 10% off with the code GERMANY10.

How To Make Lemon Butter Pasta

This pasta dish is so wildly decadent, creamy, flavorful, and crazy good! The first thing to make before the lemon pasta is the chicken. The protein-element adds such a nice filling and textural component that compliments the pasta. The chicken gets pan-seared in butter, nice spices, and results in juicy pieces of chicken! So much variety of flavors are present within this lemon butter chicken pasta.

Next, the lemon butter pasta comes together with such ease, no kidding! To begin, make your pasta according to package directions and set aside. Now for this goodness, the lemon butter sauce! This delectable sauce is soo dreamy, has all the lemony goodness, and packed with ample flavor! The best part is that the lemon butter sauce comes together with very few ingredients too. Bold flavor from simple staples like butter, garlic, salt/pepper, heavy cream, and fresh lemon juice. Simplicity at its finest.

Other Weeknight Recipes You May Enjoy

What Can I Sub For Heavy Cream?

A good substitute for heavy cream would be coconut cream, although the overall taste may slightly change.

What Kind Of Pasta To Use?

For this lemon butter pasta with chicken recipe, I used linguine. However, any kind of long pasta will work here. For example; spaghetti, angel hair, bucatini, tagliatelle, etc. I find that a longer cut of pasta works much better than using short cut pasta. Absolutely perfect and acceptable for slurping all the noods!

What To Pair With This Lemon Butter Pasta Recipe

Some options to pair alongside this dish for a complete meal include garlic bread or a side salad/soup. I just developed this loaded olive cheese bread that we tend to pair with this recipe, it is absolutely divine, y’all!

And don’t forget the wine! The Pinot Gris and Rosé I cracked open with this were delish, but there’s enough flavor and structure to this dish that you could go for a light red, maybe even a German Pinot.

Thanks, Wines of Germany, again for sponsoring this post!

This dish is extra perfect for weeknight dinners and date-night in situations (which we’re doing a lot of these days, ha). It’s also so much fun trying out different wines with this pasta and seeing how nicely they pair with. I hope you all enjoy this lemon butter chicken pasta recipe, can’t wait to see the recreations!

For more information on German wines, be sure to check out the German Wine USA website for information on the wines, food pairing ideas, and other fun facts to get immersed in.




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lemon butter pasta with chicken in white bowl with fork

Lemon Butter Pasta with Chicken

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This creamy and flavorful lemon butter pasta with juicy chicken is so delicious; featuring bright buttery lemony notes bursting throughout each bite! Perfect for weeknight dinner or date-night in!



For The Chicken:

  • 1 lb chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Lemon Butter Pasta:

  • 1 lb linguine, or other long pasta
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste, or 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • juice of 2 large lemons
  • zest of 1 lemon (from 1 juiced lemon)
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping


For The Chicken:

  1. Season chicken breasts half with garlic powder, paprika, and salt/pepper on both sides.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet melt butter over medium-high heat. Once butter has melted, pan-sear chicken breasts, about 4-5 minutes each side or until chicken is cooked through completely. Then set chicken aside on a plate.

Lemon Butter Pasta:

  1. Boil pasta according to your package directions, be sure to salt your water!
  2. On a separate burner, in a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Then add in garlic and stir together until softened and combined. Sprinkle in salt/white pepper and add in lemon juice/zest.
  3. Once pasta is done cooking, reserve 1/3 cup of starchy pasta water. Add heavy cream, pasta water, and parmesan cheese into sauce mixture, stir together. Allow cream to simmer on low for 2-3 minutes. Sauce will get bubbly and start to thicken as it cooks, resembling an alfredo sauce.
  4. Add cooked pasta into lemon butter sauce. Do this in batches (adding a little pasta at a time) so you can evenly toss and coat pasta without overwhelming the skillet all at once. 
  5. Serve warm alongside prepared chicken and sprinkle more parmesan cheese on top, if desired. 

Keywords: lemon, pasta, Italian