One-Pan Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

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Charles Published: February 4, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make One-Pan Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

Enjoy a flavorful dish with a hint of tang with this lemon pasta. It’s cooked in a lemon-infused creamy sauce made with milk and cheeses.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1lbchicken breasts,boneless, skinless, diced into 1 inch cubed
  • tbspolive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • tbspbutter
  • 1tbspgarlic,minced
  • 14.5ozlow sodium chicken broth,(1 can)
  • cupswater
  • 10ozpenne pasta
  • 1lbthin stalks asparagus,tough ends trimmed, remaining diced into 1½-inch pieces
  • 4ozNeufchatel cheese,⅓ less fat cream cheese, diced into 8 pieces
  • ½cupParmesan cheese,finely shredded
  • 2tsplemon zest
  • 2tbspfresh lemon juice
  • fresh parsley,chopped, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch saute pan over medium-high heat.

  2. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 4 minutes until golden brown on the bottom.

  3. Rotate and cook for about 4 minutes longer until cooked through. Transfer to a sheet of foil and wrap to keep warm, set aside

  4. Melt butter in the now-empty skillet, add garlic, and saute for 20 seconds. Add broth and water while stirring to loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. 

  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste, bring to a boil, then add pasta. Cover and allow to boil for about 8 to 9 minutes until fairly tender, stirring occasionally. 

  6. Sprinkle asparagus over top (don’t stir), cover, and allow to boil for 4 to 5 minutes longer until asparagus and pasta are tender (There should be some broth/water left even once it’s finished cooking, this will be part of the sauce. If needed, add more broth). 

  7. Add in Neufchatel cheese, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and lemon zest and stir until melted. Stir in chicken. 

  8. Remove from heat, cover, and let rest a few minutes if desired to allow the sauce to thicken slightly and soak into the pasta.

  9. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Serve warm.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 589.05kcal
  • Fat: 26.47g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.87g
  • Trans Fat: 0.23g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.09g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.13g
  • Carbohydrates: 50.42g
  • Fiber: 4.36g
  • Sugar: 4.42g
  • Protein: 37.80g
  • Cholesterol: 94.11mg
  • Sodium: 1078.35mg
  • Calcium: 270.45mg
  • Potassium: 687.33mg
  • Iron: 4.16mg
  • Vitamin A: 190.49µg
  • Vitamin C: 15.09mg
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