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Lemon Chicken Penne

Lemon Chicken Penne is an easy weeknight dish with tender chicken and a lemony cream sauce.  You can have this on the table in less than 30 minutes for a quick and easy meal!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, lemon
Servings: 8
Calories: 533kcal


  • 16 ounces penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups cream
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook until tender but still a little firm, about 8-10 minutes. Drain.
  • While cooking, heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Season the cubed chicken breast with the herbs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the chicken until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken and set aside. Pour off any excess oil from the pan. Add the chicken broth to the pan and cook over medium-high heat, using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the cream, lemon zest and cayenne. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the pasta, chicken, salt and pepper, parsley and lemon juice. Toss to coat the pasta and chicken with the sauce and serve.


Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1059IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg