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One Pan Lemon Creamy Chicken Pasta

This skillet pasta made with lemon, chicken, spinach, basil, parsley, parmesan, and ricotta makes an easy weeknight meal. Everything including the pasta is cooked in one pot and ready in under 25 minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy pasta dish dinner, easy weeknight meal, pasta with chicken
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 472 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3 cups uncooked penne or rotini pasta I used gluten free penne
  • 2 medium lemons zested and juiced
  • 1 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (I used light)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed spinach sliced thinly
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 lemon sliced for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add garlic and cook for 20 seconds. Toss in chicken and saute until just browned.
  3. Stir in chicken broth, water, and uncooked pasta to pan.
  4. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to low.
  5. Cover pan and cook on low for about 11-13 minutes, stirring pasta with tongs often so it does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Remove cover when pasta is al dente and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  6. Allow to simmer for about five more minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, lemon zest, spinach, parsley, basil, parmesan cheese and ricotta cheese.
  8. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed and garnish with lemon and additional parmesan cheese and parsley, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Heavily adapted from The Kitchn

Nutrition Facts
One Pan Lemon Creamy Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1/6 recipe))
Calories 472 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 416mg17%
Potassium 636mg18%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 795IU16%
Vitamin C 25.2mg31%
Calcium 283mg28%
Iron 2mg11%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.