Chicken Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce

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Chicken Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce

Though these coming months will only make for my second Texas summer, I can already tell we’re in for a hot one! Our early spring days have been heating up and I’ve been slipping on my favorite sundresses and spending a bit less time over the stove lately. It’s time like these where I live for simple, quick weeknight meals that combine flavorful protein, veggies and starch all in one!

Asaparagus and Peas

With a handful of my favorite spring vegetables, asparagus and peas, a fresh lemon and a few more basic ingredients, this meal was easy yet absolutely delicious!

Whole Wheat Pasta

Use whatever small pasta you like, however I recommend whole wheat rotini. Whole wheat pastas contain significantly more fiber and protein than refined flour varieties, yet still maintain a smooth yet chewy texture. They also hold up well to bold, hearty sauces like my Basic Marinara or Bolognese Sauce!

Chicken Pasta Recipe

The buttery lemon cream sauce with fresh garlic and a slight kick from the red pepper flakes complimented the flavors wonderfully, and the whole meal was a scrumptious success! Serve it on its own, or with a salad and garlic bread, or any variety of meat or seafood. Whatever way you dish it you’ll definitely enjoy it as much as we did!

Chicken Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces uncooked rotini
  • 1 3/4 cups 1 1/2-inch slices asparagus (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 cup frozen green peas thawed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice about 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, or until fully cooked and juices run clear. Tent with foil and set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and/or olive oil. Add asparagus during last 2 minutes of cooking time.
  • Place peas in a colander. Drain pasta mixture over peas; set aside.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Combine broth and cornstarch in a small bowl; stir until well blended. Add broth mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in cream, juice, salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Add pasta mixture to broth mixture; toss gently to coat.
  • Slice chicken and serve immediately with pasta.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. Such a perfect dish for this time of year, light and fresh and full of flavour.

  2. This looks like a comfort meal if I ever saw one!

  3. That looks just like what I would have right now!!!

  4. Chicken, cream, asparagus – must be delicious.
    :-) Mandy

  5. Perfect dinner for weekday and love the spring ingredients in the dish!

  6. Spring is the perfect time for lemon…and cream…and garlic. :) Three of my favorite things!

  7. What a simple yet satisfying summer meal. I am getting worried about our summer…it is going to be too warm! We need to find ways to cool off. I think some fruity drinks are in order. Let’s talk soon. I think the stress of this semester will be done soon.

  8. this is such a gorgeous dish for being so simple! I love this and all the flavors you put into it. It looks slightly creamy too, which is my absolute favorite! Great job, Georgia ;)

  9. Great looking pasta dish!

  10. Sounds fabulous! I will be pinning this to make very soon!

  11. oh, yum – this looks awesome georgia!

  12. My in-laws live in the Fort Worth area, and every time we visit them I’m amazed that it could possibly be that much hotter than it is here in Georgia! I too live for simpler dishes once it gets hot out.

  13. this dish sounds absolutely perfect for spring! love it!

  14. Yum! I’m loving all the flavors in here. And it’s so gorgeously vibrant :)

  15. Great choice on the pasta, well shaped to hold all that delicious sauce! I also like the veggies that you included. This does look like a light springtime dish-perfect for any evening. Enticing photos here too, great post!

  16. Fabulous combination of flavors of spring, Georgia. I love the lemon, asparagus, peas…the whole thing works together so well. Just beautiful!

  17. This dish looks so appetizing and inviting! I would love a big bowl of this for dinner tonight. Yummy!!!

  18. The lemon cream sounds positively decadent! This has spring written all over it!

  19. Yes…Texas summer seems to start earlier every year! I’m not looking forward to the long, hot summer just yet…but lighter foods like this make it much less daunting!!

  20. Love this post! We LOVE asparagus here, and I’m always trying to find new ways to use it. This is simply gorgeous!

  21. Oh this sounds perfect! Love the light flavors…perfect for the weather we’ve been having… Thanks for sharing :)

  22. Georgia, i love asparagus and am always thinking of new ways to eat it… roasting it can can boring time after time! this dish looks wonderful. so perfect for spring time. :)

  23. Beautiful photos, and lemon cream sauce is a favorite! Love!

  24. I love all-in-one meals like this on a busy day. This looks SO good Georgia!

  25. looks so good.. i love chicken with lemon sauce. such a classic.

  26. I made a very similar dinner last night… looks greats!

  27. hi, i’m new to your blog and i’m enjoying every little bit of it! this pasta dish is gorgeous. asparagus just screams spring to me! brilliant!

  28. I have never had raspberry cobbler. This looks so intriguing.

  29. I love the look of this beautiful bowl of springtime pasta! The lemon cream sauce sounds perfect for the asparagus and peas.

  30. I know what I’m making for dinner tonight!!! :)

  31. What a great Springy pasta dish! I’ve been loving pasta lately and a lemon cream sauce sounds delicious.

  32. Perfect, simple, spring dish!

  33. A very spring-y dish full of flavors :)

  34. What a gorgeous pasta dish…that sauce sounds wonderful!

  35. I wish I had a big bowl of this for lunch today! I love lemon pastas!

  36. Amber Wise says:

    This was amazing!! I love that it’s very light, yet flavorful! My husband doesn’t like peas, so I used edamame instead! DELICIOUS!! :)

  37. I made this last night and it was absolutely delicious. Perfectly creamy and lemon-y. One question I have though is do you think you will get the same yummy taste with a little more cornstarch? I followed the directions exactly and just wish the sauce would be a bit thicker…any suggestions?

  38. More cornstarch won’t affect the taste at all; just make sure you combine it with more broth or water first to avoid lumps.

  39. Angel Hair Pasta Roni with garlic and herb great also just add lemon and cream and broth

  40. I made this 2 nights ago with gluten free pasta and it was so yummy!! I had leftovers last night and I just added a splash of the heavy cream and a little fresh lemon juice to revamp the flavor. It was just as good! :-)

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