This garlic Lemon Chicken Pasta is easy and packed with flavor! It’s the perfect fresh summer meal made in 20 minutes, with seasonal vegetables.

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Lemon Chicken Pasta served in a bowl, garnished with parmesan cheese.

We live off of easy dinners during the summer months and this Lemon Chicken Pasta if light and refreshing and the perfect way to use your fresh zucchini, yellow squash, and parsley.

How to make Lemon Chicken Pasta:

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • Prepare chicken by seasoning with salt, pepper, lemon zest, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and onion powder. Cook in skillet with oil for 3-5 minutes per side, until cooked through. Remove and keep warm.
Raw chicken with dry seasonings on it next to another photo of the chicken cooking in a skillet.
  • Sauté zucchini and squash in skillet. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Add garlic.
  • Combine hot pasta to the pan with butter and lemon juice. Mix until butter has melted. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and toss to combine. Chop chicken and add to pasta.
Zucchini and yellow squash sautéed in a skillet, then pasta and parmesan cheese added.
  • Serve, garnished with parsley and additional parmesan cheese.

Use Fresh Ingredients:

  • Parmesan Cheese: The powdered stuff, and even packaged, pre-shredded parmesan cheese doesn’t have the same great flavor and texture as freshly shredded parmesan. Also, freshly shredded parmesan melts better, which works great when you sprinkle it over the warm pasta and on the chicken.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice makes a big difference in flavor!
  • Parsley: adds a great extra touch of flavor that you can’t get with dried parsley flakes.
A skillet with warm lemon chicken pasta in it, ready to serve.

Recipe Variations:

  • Vegetables: Swap out the zucchini and squash for broccoli, asparagus, spinach or another favorite vegetable!
  • Pasta: Use your favorite bite-size pasta.

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Recipe

Lemon Chicken Pasta served in a bowl, garnished with parmesan cheese.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 25 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 16 ounces mini farfalle pasta (or your favorite bite-size pasta)
  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder , divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning , divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 yellow squash chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves , chopped

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • While the pasta cooks, season chicken, on both sides, with salt and pepper. Season with lemon zest, and ½ tsp EACH of garlic powder, Italian seasoning and onion powder.
  • Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add seasoned chicken and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, flipping once, until cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm while it rests.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Once hot, add the chopped zucchini and yellow squash. Season with salt and pepper, ½ tsp garlic powder and ½ tsp Italian seasoning. Cook,on medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add hot cooked pasta to the pan, along with the butter and lemon juice. Toss everything to combine, until butter has melted. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and toss to combine.
  • Chop the chicken and return to the pan. Serve, garnished with parsley and additional parmesan cheese, if desired.

Notes

Parmesan Cheese: The powdered stuff, and even packaged, pre-shredded parmesan cheese doesn’t have the same great flavor and texture as freshly shredded parmesan. Also, freshly shredded parmesan melts better, which works great when you sprinkle it over the warm pasta and on the chicken.
Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice makes a big difference in flavor!
Parsley: adds a great extra touch of flavor that you can’t get with dried parsley flakes.
Vegetables: Swap out the zucchini and squash for broccoli, asparagus, spinach or another favorite vegetable!
Pasta: Use your favorite bite-size pasta.

Nutrition

Serving: 5gCalories: 683kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 42gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 505mgPotassium: 814mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 897IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 294mgIron: 5mg

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I originally shared this recipe August 2017. Updated May 2021 with process photos.

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  1. Hi Melissa,
    Parmesan is all I toss the pasta with initially. Then it gets added with the veggies and I like to put a little lemon juice and more parm! Feel free to modify it any way you like :)!

  2. This was delicious!! I did not have squash so I substituted with cherry tomatoes, spinach and fresh basil!

    Super easy and filling but light!

    Thank you

  3. 5 stars
    I can’t get my kids to eat squash, but all but the youngest did so gladly with this recipe. It was funny, because after every bite, somebody would say, “this is SO good!” The flavor combinations work really well together and it was a nice light meal.

  4. 5 stars
    This was incredible! My boyfriend said it was the best pasta I’ve ever made (and I make pasta walkout once a week). Easy to make and delicious – nothing better! This definitely be a go to.

  5. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! The bright acidity from the lemon combined with the nutty flavor of the cheese. It was wonderful! I had left over baby bella mushrooms in the fridge so I sauteed those along with the squash. This is now a family favorite!