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Parmesan Lemon Pasta and Chicken in a white bowl

Parmesan Lemon Pasta and Chicken

This Parmesan Lemon Pasta and Chicken is simple to make and full of flavor and a simple recipe for a quick weeknight dinner. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Parmesan Lemon Pasta and Chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 423 kcal
Author Jennie Duncan


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound chicken breasts (boneless skinless)
  • salt boneless skinless
  • black pepper boneless skinless
  • 8 oz. rotini pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter unsalted
  • 1/2 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 4 lemons)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan


  1. Heat your oil in a large pot. (large enough to add in pasta later)

  2. Slice chicken into strips and season them with salt and pepper. Cook them in in your pot for about 10-12 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Then drain and reserve 1 cup pasta water for later.

  4. Once your chicken is cooked remove it from your pot and add butter. Allow it to melt, then add the onion. When onions are about cook add in garlic to cook for 20-30 seconds.

  5. To your onion and garlic add lemon juice, zest, and pour in 1/4 cup reserved water.

  6. Return your cooked chicken to the pot.

  7. Add pasta and toss until combined. (add more water if needed)

  8. Last add in grated Parmesan and mix. Add more cheese as needed.

    Optional: serve with fresh parsley and sliced lemons.

Recipe Notes

Cooking Tips:

  • Start with a pot large enough to add your pasta to later. 
  • You can use any pasta you have on hand. For this recipe, I used whole wheat rotini pasta.
  • When adding in your garlic do it last to help prevent it from burning
  • I don't add all the water but like to reserve the full 1 cup so you can add more if needed. 
Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Lemon Pasta and Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 423 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 262mg11%
Potassium 449mg13%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 397IU8%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 131mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.