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Overhead closely cropped horizontal image of a bowl of spaghetti with chicken, with two lemons on a white and gray cloth, on top of a dark gray surface.

30-Minute Lemony Pasta with Grilled Chicken

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Grilled poultry with a light and bright sauce makes this lemony pasta with chicken a surefire win for dinner. It’s a simple but elegant 30-minute meal.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approx. 22.5 lbs.)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh basil, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan, for serving


  1. Preheat grill or grill pan.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper on all sides. Grill over medium-high heat until no longer pink inside, about 4-5 minutes on each side. Remove from grill and cover with aluminum foil. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.
  4. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, parsley, and basil to the pan and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Pour lemon juice into skillet, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Pour lemon and oil mixture into a large serving bowl. Drain the pasta, then add it to the serving bowl. Toss well, until pasta is coated.
  6. Slice chicken into strips, add to the bowl, and toss again. Sprinkle with lemon zest.  Serve immediately, with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grilling, Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Pasta

Keywords: grilled chicken, lemon, pasta