Italian Lemon Chicken with Pasta

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Italian Lemon chicken is one of the most popular meals I make and you can make whatever pasta you prefer.

We really love the fresh lemon, wine and light sauce this has that make the pasta a perfect side dish with this popular Italian style chicken/

The chicken is juicy, fork-tender with a flour seasoned coating.

I could eat this every day! The flavors are amazingly rich with butter, wine, that citrus lemon tang.

This is the most requested meal in my home and even the grandkids love it.

It's simple to make and takes hardly any time at all.

Scroll down to get this printable scrumptious lemon chicken recipe.

this is a bowl of penne pasta and lemons with fried chicken

So Many Versions

This is a chicken with a luscious lemon sauce served over any kind of pasta or even rice.

In Italy, their dish is called "lemon chicken" (pollo al limone) however it's a whole chicken that's roasted with white wine, fresh lemon juice, fresh thyme, and some diced vegetables.

Spain is similar to how the Italy version except with pine nuts and rosemary.

Then there is a Chinese lemon chicken made totally different with batter.

This is a delicious light lemony sauce with boneless chicken breasts sliced thin served with pasta.

I never tire of making this simple meal and its so easy to whip up any night of the week.

this is a bowl with blue flowers of penne pasta, lemons and fried chicken breast boneless

The Pasta

Everyone is different and has their own preference.

We like our pasta cooked al dente, with a little bite.

My dad only liked the linguine with this recipe, always cooked soft not hard, he would say it was raw.

My kids are huge fans of rigatoni, the list of differences goes on and on who likes what.

That being said there is no right and wrong just make whatever kind your family likes.

Simple and Elegant

This dish is so simple but can look like you spent all day cooking.

With a few slices of lemon on top and fresh parsley garnish, it looks like it came from a 5-star restaurant!

The flavors are perfect with chicken and the citrus tenderizes the meat which is another bonus!

these are chicken cutlets with a lemon butter and wine sauce that goes over pasta


  • Use only fresh lemons
  • Butter is a must for flavor
  • Only use a white wine that you would actually drink and good quality
  • Fresh parsley chopped has the best flavor
  • Add chicken broth of pasta water if the pasta is too dry
  • Grated Pecorino Romano and red pepper flakes make a great garnish on this dish
  • Always use fresh garlic


  • Always salt the pasta water
  • Reserve some of the pasta water to keep the pasta moist
  • Keep pasta warm until chicken and sauce are done
  • Lemons look pretty dipped in granulated sugar or dipped in honey and added on top of the pasta bowl
  • For stronger lemon flavor, grated 1 tablespoon of lemon peel to the sauce

The Perfect Summer Dish

I like to make this lemon chicken all summer long.

The citrus flavors just remind me of warmer weather and lighter meals.

This lemon chicken can be thrown together so quickly and doesn't require a lot of kitchen time!

I really love easy meals like this one.

these are fried chicken cutlet tenders

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Lemon Chicken with Pasta

  • chicken breasts
  • flour seasoned, granulated garlic, salt, pepper, parsley and oregano ( place in a large plastic zip-lock bag)
  • olive oil or canola oil
  • butter
  • white wine
  • lemons juiced then sliced
  • minced garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • For Pasta:
  • grated cheese
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • minced garlic
  • your favorite pasta
  • reserved pasta water
  • Options: sliced lemons dipped in sugar and grated lemon peel

this is a lemon fried chicken with fresh lemons on a bed of linguine pasta. This is an easy quick meal that doesnt require much kitchen time or knowledge, This lemon chicken is a light summer meal and a classic Italian favorite chicken recipe

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Lemon Chicken Pasta

Yield: 10
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 40 M
This is a lemon chicken sauteed then added to a wine and butter sauce served with your favorite pasta .


  • 3 boneless chicken breasts sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 cups flour seasoned with 2 teaspoons each granulated garlic, salt, pepper, parsley and oregano ( place in a large plastic zip-lock bag)
  • canola oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 fresh lemons juiced then sliced for garnish (also see tips)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Note for stronger lemon taste add grated lemon peel around 1 teaspoon and 3 lemon slices in the sauce along with the juice
  • For Pasta:
  • Grated cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic in oil
  • 1 lb linguine pasta cooked to package directions or use your favorite pasta
  • reserved pasta water see below


How to cook Lemon Chicken Pasta

  1. Shake the chicken into the flour mixture. Fry on medium-high heat until browned on each side around 2 minutes on each side. Place in a baking dish.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the lemon juice, wine, butter, olive oil. Also, add minced garlic and bring to a boil.
  3. Pour over the chicken and place the lemon slices on top. Place in a preheated oven of 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
  4. In the meantime cook the pasta to package instructions.
  5. Drain leaving around 1/2 cup pasta water in the pan.
  6. Toss with 1/2 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese, garlic, oil, and butter. Salt, pepper to taste.
  7. To serve place pasta on a plate with chicken and lemon sauce over the top.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2017. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. I love these simple, delectable flavors! Perfect for dinner any day of the week!

  2. Love this, it looks delicious!

  3. Chicken and pasta is one of my favorite combinations, and I love how simple and tasty this recipe looks! Can't wait to give it a try :)

  4. my girls are going to love this recipe! 2 of their favs...lemon chicken and pasta together!

  5. Love the light, bright lemon flavors, and the chicken is really tender cooked this way. Really easy recipe, too. Thank you!


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