Easy One Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4
Author Layla


  • 1 onion diced about 1/2 cup
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced or pressed
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 4 1/2 cups water or chicken broth
  • 12 oz box of Barilla Pronto pasta I used penne, but you can also use the Barilla pronto Spaghetti, Elbows, Linguine or Rotini.
  • Zest of a lemon about 1 tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice from the same lemon
  • 1/3 cup light or heavy cream


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large 10-12'' pan. Add the diced onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until tender, add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds; add the diced chicken and spices and cook for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned.

  2. Next add the pasta and water or chicken broth and cook for 6-7 minutes or until pasta is al-dente. Lastly, add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and cream. Mix well and cook for another minute then remove from heat, while leaving the pasta still wet because it will continue coking off the heat and absorb the extra liquid.

    Top with fresh lemons, basil, or parmesan cheese. Enjoy!