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lemon butter pasta with chicken in white bowl with fork

Lemon Butter Pasta with Chicken

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 30m
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian


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