One Pan Creamy Lemon Chicken Tortellini – an easy one pan pasta dish that the entire family will love. Tortellini pasta with grilled chicken and fresh spinach in a warm, cheesy lemon garlic sauce. A delicious 30-minute meal!

A pan filled with Creamy Lemon Chicken Tortellini.

Thirty-minute meals are my jam! Especially if it’s something my kids will eat.  I have soooooo many thirty minute meals on the blog, but some of my favorites include:

A wooden spoon stirring tortellini, chicken, spinach, and lemon slices in a creamy sauce.

This meal has so many winning factors to it.

An overhead view of One Pan Creamy Lemon Chicken Tortellini.

First, it can be made in less than 30 minutes! Refrigerator tortellini noodles take just minutes to cook and the rest of the ingredients are super simple pantry staples. I don’t care if you’re single, married, or have kids–time saving dinners like this one are a MUST!

A pan filled with tortellini, chicken pieces, spinach and a creamy lemon sauce.Second, it’s made in skillet–keep the oven off, and enjoy a cool house while your making dinner.

Third, it’s all made in just one pan! Hooray for no extra dishes to wash!

Lastly, it’s a total crowd pleaser and completely kid-friendly. That creamy, cheesy sauce would make just about anybody happy.

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Recipe

One Pan Creamy Lemon Chicken Tortellini - an easy one pan pasta dish that the entire family will love. Tortellini pasta with grilled chicken and fresh spinach in a warm, cheesy lemon garlic sauce. | Tastes Better From Scratch
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 20 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast , cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 teaspoons garlic , minced
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 10 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 4 ounces Neufchatel cheeses , cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add chicken pieces and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Cook until golden brown on bottom, about 2-3 minutes then flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes until cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add butter to the warm skillet and allow to melt, scraping up any browned bits from the pan from the chicken. 
  • Add garlic and saute 20 seconds. Add chicken broth and water and stir to combine. 
  • Add tortellini. Cover and allow to boil for just a couple minutes, stirring occasionally, until tortellini are tender--don't over cook! 
  • Add the pieces of Neufchatel cheese, parmesan cheese and lemon juice and stir until melted into the sauce. 
  • Return chicken to pan and add spinach. Toss to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Remove from heat, cover and let rest for a few minutes for spinach to wilt and sauce to thicken slightly.
  • Serve warm with extra parmesan cheese, if desired. 

Nutrition

Calories: 453kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 19gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 668mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 470IUVitamin C: 2.1mgCalcium: 289mgIron: 2.1mg

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  1. In the picture it looks like slices of lemon were added, but the recipe only calls for 1 tbsp of lemon juice… Should I still add lemons or just the juice?

  2. 5 stars
    This is one of my family’s new favorite go-to recipes. Even my super-picky son liked this one! We loved fresh Parmesan grated on top.

  3. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite decadent go to dinners when I don’t want to spend all the time making such a dish. It is easy, and most of all DELICIOUS! I add more lemon juice, but I love all things lemon. Thank you for my families favorite meal time recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    My husband and I made this recipe last night and it was great!! We often eat tortellini but this was such a wonderful departure from marinara sauce that I barely recognized our quick dinner staple. We cut the cream cheese to 2 oz. and it was still very creamy without being too rich. We also added some cherry tomatoes to our second helpings and love that beautiful and tasty combination. I’m so glad I stumbled onto this blog yesterday!! I’m excited to try to several other recipes I’ve already Pinned!