“Really Good” Lemon Chicken Pasta

This “really good” Lemon Chicken Pasta is very aptly  named – it’s really good!  It’s light and flavorful too.Lemon Chicken Pasta - an easy, delicious dinner ideaNow for today’s Lovely Lemon recipe…..

We have been enjoying almost summer like weather here in Portland.

Don’t worry, I know, it won’t last but we sure have enjoyed it!

We had today’s Lovely Lemon recipe for dinner this week during our summer like weather even eating with the windows open – what a treat.

Today’s savory lemon recipe is from Nurse Heidi who shares lots of yummy recipes over at Food for Thought.

This recipe is a Nurse Heidi original and her kids named it!  And I have to say that my family agrees that this is “Really Good” Noodles and Chicken!

Not being a fan of heavy cream sauces the light lemon flavored sauce in this dish is just right.  The addition of bacon, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese are wonderful.

Lemon Chicken Pasta

The honey, rosemary and lemon grilled chicken makes a perfect addition and would be wonderful on a salad too.

Is spring making an appearance at your house?  Even if it’s not you are going to want to try this “Really Good”  Noodles and Chicken!

Lemon Chicken Pasta

“Really Good” Noodles and Chicken
Recipe type: Main Dish
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 T. fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3 T. honey
  • 8 ounces thin spaghetti (I prefer Barilla Plus)
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup real bacon bits
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 roma tomatoes, seeds and core removed, diced
  • 2 T. capers (optional)
  1. Start a pot of water boiling to cook the pasta
  2. Spray your BBQ grill rack with nonstick spray and fire it up
  3. Sprinkle salt, pepper and rosemary on each chicken breast and grill for 7-8 minutes on the first side
  4. In a small bowl, mix 2 T. of freshly squeezed lemon juice and the honey together, then brush it on the tops of the chicken breasts before flipping them over
  5. Brush the underside as well, and grill for a few more minutes until they are cooked through (actual cooking time will depend on how thick the breast is, and you could certainly pound them thinner to start with to make it go faster).
  6. Remove to a plate and cover to keep warm
  7. Toss your noodles into the boiling salted water if you haven't already
  8. Once they are nearly done cooking, begin making the sauce
  9. It comes together quickly. In a large skillet, melt 2 T. butter then add the garlic
  10. Saute and stir for 2-3 minutes, then add the bacon bits and cook for another minute
  11. Stir in the remaining lemon juice and all of the zest, then the cream
  12. Stir in the cooked and drained noodles, adding a tablespoon or two of the pasta water if needed to thin the sauce
  13. Slice the chicken breasts thinly
  14. Stir in the roma tomatoes and parmesan cheese (and capers if you so desire - I'm the only one that likes them around here, so I tossed a few on my own plate), and serve immediately with a portion of chicken breast strips on top of the pile of pasta

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    :)!! What a fun surprise this morning! Glad you liked it. I make variations of this all the time, and every now and then I hit the perfect combination. This is one of those. Now I need to make it again so that I can actually post a picture with it since if I remember right, my baby hid my camera that day.

  2. says

    This is definitely on my menu for tonight!!! I’ve got everything I need.

    Also…just finished Franz Wisner’s new book – How the World Makes Love – and what a winner it is! I guarantee you will laugh and even look at how you love. I think I’m giving a copy to all of my college age grandkids, hoping Franz’ experiences will help them make good choices in mates.

    P. S. Although I’d give this kind of review anyway, in the interest of transparency, I’ve known Franz since he was knee-high – his folks and I are good friends, lived on the same street for years.

  3. tamara reber says

    Yum! Yum! Thanks for sharing. I ahve a whole folder now of recipes to try when I have someone to cook for–just 2 months and 5 days. . . . .

  4. Nicolee says

    I made this last week and my family LOVED it!!! There was no talking for a long time- everyone was eating- even the little one. The first thing my husband said was- “Yes, you should make this again!” Thank you for another great recipe!

  5. says

    I saw this in your newsletter today for lemony goodness. I’ve marked it to make, because I know you’ve got some delicious recipes here so it has to be good. I’ve made the penne rustica already. I’m always looking for new chicken recipes too. Thanks!

  6. Merri says

    We just made this and it was a hit with the whole family. Definitely going to put this into the rotation. :) Thanks!


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